Family dinners can be delicious and cheap! Try one of these recipes, and pay only $2.
These super-cheap meals contain surprising ingredients and fresh flavors and, best of all, are ready in just a few minutes flat
Cost per serving: $1.79
Cold leftover rice works better that freshly cooked for this recipe. If you don’t have leftovers, prepare the rice in the morning and refrigerate it until you’re ready to cook.
See recipe: Fried Rice with Ham and Asparagus
Cost per serving: $1.69
Small potatoes cook more quickly than larger ones, and using red potatoes gives this budget entrée a nice shot of color. Experiment with different flavors of sausage, including hot or sweet Italian.
Recipe: Sausages with Warm Potato Salad
Cost per serving: $1.11
If you’ll be out of the house all day, this delicious brisket stands up well to cooking on low for 10 to 11 hours
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Brisket
Cost per serving: $1.52
This fast family dinner costs much less than Chinese takeout and is a snap to prepare. It’s great way to use leftovers: Try asparagus instead of the broccoli, and toss in cut-up red or green peppers or carrots.
Recipe: Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry
Cost per serving: $1.95
This make-ahead cheese recipe uses inexpensive ingredients that you likely have on hand, including eggs, bread and frozen spinach. It needs to be refrigerated at least six hours, so cook it the night before for an easy next-day entrée.
Recipe: Cheddar, Ham and Spinach Strata
Cost per serving: $1.51
Here’s a twist on an Italian classic. For yet another option, serve the cutlets on sandwich rolls with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. This pork recipe is also a great way to use up leftover bread; make your own bread crumbs by toasting bread lightly and tossing in a food processor.
Recipe: Parmesan Pork Cutlets
Cost per serving: $1.47
This pork recipe results in a delicious, hearty meal on a bun. To save time during the week, prepare two batches; the cooked meat will keep for up to five days in the refrigerator. It also freezes well.
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork