10 Budget Friendly Meals That are Not Rice and Beans
Strict budgets typically call for meals that are inexpensive. You have probably heard of the rice and beans diet, which means you eat pretty much a cheap diet. Rice and beans aren’t all bad, but you do need nutrition and substance in your budget friendly meals. Check out these ten budget friendly meals that are not rice and beans, but are delicious.
Anything with hamburger- Although hamburger is getting up there in cost, it is still a very budget friendly way to make a meal. There are so many things you can do with this one ingredient; all you need to do is get a little creative with it!
Grilled Panini’s– Grilled cheese is typically a family favorite, but add a little meat and veggies to it and you have a grilled Panini. Panini’s are very rich in flavor and are very filling.
Homemade Pizza- Making your own dough and placing your own toppings on is a budget friendly meal the whole family will love. A good frozen pizza costs anywhere from $5-$7 and you can make a homemade pizza for a fraction of that cost.
Homemade Chicken Tenders- Chicken tends to be a great meat to buy in bulk. Homemade chicken tenders don’t require a lot of money or cooking skills (and they are quite tasty). Pair chicken tenders with homemade French fries or a side of fruit and veggies.
Grilled foods- If you want food that has a lot of flavor, but that does not cost a lot, then consider grilling foods like asparagus paired with grilled chicken, hamburgers, or hotdogs. Honestly, you can grill anything that you’re up for putting on the grill.
Quesadillas– Depending on where you live, you can get a pack of wraps for under $3. Make cheese quesadillas out of those wraps and bask in the deliciousness of such a budget friendly meal.
Turkey Wraps– As mentioned before, the cost of wraps is pretty inexpensive, so making your own turkey wraps at home is pretty simple. If you don’t want to use wraps, you can save even more money by using lettuce! No turkey? No problem, feel free to use ham or whatever lunch meat you have in the fridge.
Broccoli and Cheese Soup- If you’re good at making soup, then broccoli and cheese soup is a budget friendly meal you can make a huge batch of.
Chili or Veggie Soup- Soups are very inexpensive to make. You can make a huge pot of chili or veggie soup for a minimal amount of money.
Casserole- Pasta is a very cheap ingredient to pick up; even the whole grain options are fairly inexpensive. Whip up your favorite casserole to help fill in meal gaps and stay on budget.
Staying on budget is hard (if we’re not afraid to admit that). Use these 10 budget friendly meal ideas to stay on budget and keep your family full and happy. Having a budget doesn’t need to limit your creativity in the kitchen.
What are your favorite budget friendly meals?