Make delicious meals using these supercheap (and superhealthy) pantry staples
Cost per serving: 75¢
If you need to feed a family of four for a few dollars, you can do it with this budget dinner. For small appetites, one tostada should be plenty; bigger kids and adults will want two. If the tortillas are too stiff to fit inside a muffin tin, place them between two paper towels and microwave for 10 to 20 seconds to make them more pliable.
See recipe: Refried Bean Tostadas
Cost per serving: $1.51
Made with canned beans and tomato soup, this recipe is great for feeding a crowd. Make it con carne or skip the ground beef and go vegetarian.
See recipe: Three-Bean Chili
Cost per serving: $3.31
This is a hearty vegetarian dish, but you can also stir in chopped leftover cooked chicken, steak or pork.
See recipe: Veggie Couscous with White Beans
Cost per serving: $2.00
Open up a can of cannellini beans and whip up this quick dish. Mix up the mushrooms by adding shitake, cremini, button or a combination of all three.
See recipe: Rigatoni with Beans and Mushrooms
Cost per serving: $2.03
Jarred tomato sauce is the secret to this lightning-quick recipe. Make it a meal by brushing slices of Italian bread with oil and broiling until golden, then topping with grated Parmesan and broiling until bubbling.
See recipe: Pasta and Bean Soup
Cost per serving: $1.58
This lightened-up version of traditional chili still packs a lot of flavor into every bowlful.
See recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili