Budget Cooking Recipes

Learn how to feed your family and stretch your budget with these inexpensive recipes.

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One-Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

Rating: Unrated
50
My family loved the boxed version of this ground beef stroganoff, but we have done away with processed foods. I created this out of necessity, and they don't miss the box at all! It's creamy and delicious!

Five-Ingredient Red Curry Chicken

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17
Five-ingredient red curry chicken with noodles is easy, quick, and inexpensive to make. Sweetened with coconut milk for unbelievable flavor! Top with chopped cilantro, green onions, and red chile peppers if desired.

Cast Iron Honey-Sriracha Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: Unrated
41
I combined 3 recipes to create tender juicy chicken with an awesome honey-sriracha glaze. If you've always wanted to cook more stuff with turnips, give this a try. Aside from the delicious sauce, the most important part of this dish is using the high heat of cast iron to brown the chicken and vegetables before finishing in the oven.

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice

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4
Easy, quick Spanish rice in a slow cooker.

Chef John's Spaghetti al Tonno

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49
Spaghetti al tonno is one of my all-time favorite go-to pasta dishes. I love a classic meat sauce as much as the next half-Italian, but when I want something quick and easy for a weeknight meal, I reach for the tuna. What if you don't like fish? Then this is perfect. The taste and texture is really closer to a veal sauce than one made with fish.
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Egg and Potato Curry

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4
North Indian in origin, I was very grateful to have found this recipe. It is very similar to what was served to us by our Bengali neighbors years ago! Serve hot with a side of thickly sliced bread.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

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637
Come home at the end of the day to a richly spiced broth filled with lentils, ham and veggies. Pair it up with cornmeal muffins and you have a great meal!

Rich Pasta for the Poor Kitchen

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143
A quick, simple pasta tossed with butter, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. A wonderful recipe to make when you don't feel like making a trip to the grocery store. I used what I had on hand and it worked like a charm! Add summer vine-ripened tomatoes for an extra dash of flavor!

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

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This is a great recipe that I found in my Grandma's recipe book. Judging from the weathered look of this recipe card, this was a family favorite.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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600
Here is an easy recipe for roasting fresh pumpkin seeds.

Banana Banana Bread

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11874
Why compromise the banana flavor? This banana bread is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavor! Friends and family love my recipe and say it's by far the best! It's wonderful toasted!! Enjoy!
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Best Green Bean Casserole

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651
This great variation of the traditional green bean casserole is topped with French fried onions and Cheddar cheese.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Grandma's Famous Salmon Cakes

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306

This is a recipe for my Grandmother's famous salmon cakes. It is a family recipe that has been passed down through generations. Serve with macaroni and cheese or any other type of side dish.