Cheap and Delicious: Dinner on a Dime
Cheap eats that taste expensive? Totally doable with a few savvy shopping how-to tips and a little elbow grease in the kitchen.
Saving money at the market is second nature to most of us. But here's something you may not know: You can eat like a king on a pauper's budge—trust us. Just because you’re rethinking your food dollars, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun of cooking! Make your food dollars s-t-r-e-c-t-c-h smarter while adding tons of interest to your meals:
- Stock up on pantry and freezer items
- Eat fish in season—it's cents on the dollar compared to meats and poultry
- Make up a variety of homemade salad dressings instead of the bottled versions
- Buy whole heads of lettuce rather than the pre-packaged mixes
- Add vegetarian recipes to your dinner schedule. Be creative: Cajun red beans and rice, Italian navy beans and pasta, or Mexican with black beans and corn tortillas
- Eat more eggs! They are a great source of protein and can be used for omelets, frittatas, fried rice, and breakfast suppers
- Recycle Meals: Turn leftovers into soups, stews, casseroles, pastas and rice bakes, or make sandwich wraps and salads
- If you don't have a crock pot, buy one and use it regularly. A slow cooker makes cheap cuts of meat and poultry falling-off-the-bone tender.
—By Nancy Hughes
Oats help keep the meatloaf super moist, and the tomato soup adds just a touch of sweetness.
Pureed roasted cauliflower stands in for mashed potatoes.
Why buy the mix or bottled dressing when this homemade version is so much better?
This adaptable soup recipe uses whatever you have on hand.
Easy, healthy, satisfying -- an excellent weeknight supper.