20 Cheap Meals That Won’t Break The Bank {WITH PICTURES}

20 Cheap Meals That Won’t Break The Bank {WITH PICTURES}

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their top budget-friendly dinner ideas. Here's what they said — along with several of our own favorites.

1. Roasted Veggie & Black Bean Tacos

This version takes inexpensive pantry staples — like black beans and canned corn — and roasts everything on a sheet pan. Get the recipe.

2. White Pizza With Homemade Pesto

Baked and ready in half an hour, and breaks down to just 56 cents a slice. (Or about $5 for the whole pizza.) Get the recipe.

3. Rice Bowl With Fried Egg and Avocado

Top it off with your favorite hot sauce and you're good to go. Get the recipe.

4. Upgraded Instant Ramen

The quickest (and tastiest) way to amp up inexpensive Top Ramen? Toss in a few strips of bacon and green onions for crunch — then add an egg on top. Get the recipe.

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The quickest (and tastiest) way to amp up inexpensive Top Ramen? Toss in a few strips of bacon and green onions for crunch — then add an egg on top. Get the recipe.

5. Sheet Pan Black Bean Nachos

Depending on your budget, these are super customizable. Either stick to the inexpensive base: tortilla chips, black beans, canned tomatoes, and cheese. Or get ~fancy~ with the works: jalapeños, pickled onions, sour cream, and anything else you might want. Get the recipe.

6. Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Meal prep doesn’t get much easier than this: Just stock up on chicken when it’s on sale, then combine with your favorite salsa in a Crock-Pot. Serve in tacos, over rice, or with greens. Get the recipe.

7. Easy Tomato, Spinach & Mozzarella Quiche

This comes together super quickly thanks to premade pie crust. Get the recipe.

8. Veggie Fritters

To make these more filling, pop them on a whole wheat bun with your favorite dipping sauce, or top with a fried egg. Get the recipe.

9. Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta

Makes enough for four people and breaks down to just 93 cents per serving. Get the recipe.

10. Black Bean & Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Packed with protein, and for less than you’d spend on a beef version. Get the recipe.

11. Tuna & Avocado Wrap

Tuna gets a quick upgrade with hot sauce, Dijon, and green onions — piled into whole wheat tortillas. (You could also swap in bread, pita pockets, or just eat them as lettuce wraps.) Get the recipe.

12. Bibimbap

Bibimbap — a Korean staple that's a mix of rice + veggies + meat + sauce — is the perfect canvas for a budget-friendly dinner. In this vegan version, pricier meat gets swapped out for mushrooms. Get the recipe.

crazyvegankitchen.com

Bibimbap — a Korean staple that’s a mix of rice + veggies + meat + sauce — is the perfect canvas for a budget-friendly dinner. In this vegan version, pricier meat gets swapped out for mushrooms. Get the recipe.

13. Mulligatawny Soup

This filling version — with lentils, spices, and apples for sweetness — serves six. Get the recipe.

14. Veggie Hummus Wraps

Grilled zukes are the base here — but you can use just about any veggies you have on hand. And if you don’t have time to fire up the grill, sautéing them on the stove works just as well. Get the recipe.

15. Chicken Parm Casserole

This reheats well so you'll have plenty for leftovers. Get the recipe.

16. Vegan Chickpea Shakshuka

This vegan version swaps the traditional eggs for protein-packed chickpeas. Get the recipe.

17. Sriracha Rotisserie Chicken Quesadillas

PSA: There’s no shame in the quesadilla game. Get the recipe.

18. Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia with Veggies

Frozen fillets would work here too if you need a cheaper option. For easy cleanup, line the sheet pan with foil or parchment paper first. Get the recipe.

naivecookcooks.com

Frozen fillets would work here too if you need a cheaper option. For easy cleanup, line the sheet pan with foil or parchment paper first. Get the recipe.

19. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

A classic — and rightfully so. Get the recipe.

20. Ultimate Taco Bowl

Compared to other cuts of meat, ground beef, turkey, and chicken are usually pretty affordable. And the other pantry staples here — like canned beans and corn — are budget-friendly, too. Get the recipe.

wellplated.com

Compared to other cuts of meat, ground beef, turkey, and chicken are usually pretty affordable. And the other pantry staples here — like canned beans and corn — are budget-friendly, too. Get the recipe.

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