These Asian-inspired foods pack a lot of flavor and nutrition for just a little money
Cost per serving: $1.45
Fresh and flavor-packed, these rice-paper wraps get extra kick from a quick dipping sauce.
Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Cost per serving: 30¢
These crowd-pleasing egg rolls are super easy (and cheap!) to cook up on your own. Instead of chopping the cabbage yourself, cut down on prep time by using packaged slaw mix.
See recipe: Mini Egg Rolls
Cost per serving: $2.00
You’ll find the ingredients for this Thai-inspired dinner in the international aisle of your supermarket. Because the recipe calls for frozen stir-fry vegetables, these budget noodles can be thrown together in minutes.
See recipe: Rice Noodles with Beef
Cost per serving: $1.58
This savory recipe calls for short ribs, a low-cost cut of beef. Fresh ginger gives the dish a hint of spice; if you don’t use the entire ginger root, pop the rest in the freezer.
See recipe: Chinese Short Ribs
Cost per serving: $2.40
Next time you make a batch of rice, prepare a few extra cups, then use the remainder in this quick recipe. (Fried rice actually turns out better when made with leftover rice than when the rice is fresh.) This is also the perfect use for the rice left over from a takeout Chinese meal. Use brown rice to boost the nutritional content.
See recipe: Vegetable Fried Rice
Cost per serving: 88¢
For under a dollar a serving, this homemade twist on a takeout favorite can’t be beat. Marinating the chicken in soy sauce and sesame oil for just 10 minutes punches up the flavor, and using frozen mixed vegetables speeds prep time.
See recipe: Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables
Cost per serving: $1.60
This Chinese chicken recipe is easy enough to serve for a family dinner but fancy enough for company. Super-cheap ingredients keep the cost down, and if you’re watching your weight, you can indulge without guilt: Each serving is only 257 calories.
See recipe: Spicy Ginger-and-Orange Chicken with Broccoli
Cost per serving: $1.55
Tired of the same old Mexican wraps? This simple recipe takes Chinese ingredients and puts them in a flour tortilla. Let the kids assemble their own.
See recipe: Ginger-Peanut Chicken-Salad Wraps
Cost per serving: $1.58
Dress up humdrum pork chops with a zesty Asian sauce made with fresh lime juice and honey. Pineapple rice is a great side; simply stir some drained crushed pineapple into steamed white or brown rice before serving.
See recipe: Asian Grilled Pork
Cost per serving: $2.31
This quick and easy chicken dish is as healthy as it is tasty. Feel free to use this tangy sauce on other meats, too. It'll work especially well on fish and pork!
See recipe: Honey-Sesame Chicken Cutlets
Cost per serving: $3.41
For a complete meal, serve this tasty dish over a bed of rice.
See recipe: Spicy Shrimp and Mango Stir-Fry