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    People Are Sharing Cheap And Easy Family Meals They Make All The Time

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    Maybe you're cooking in a college dorm room, or there's just not much in the fridge, or perhaps you're just trying to save cash on groceries. Whatever the case, everyone needs a handful of go-to budget-friendly meals to rely on.

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    So people on Reddit are sharing their go-to cheap and delicious homemade recipes, and some look seriously comforting. Read on for the whole list.

    1. Upgraded Instant Ramen

    A bowl of instant ramen with a soft boiled egg and added vegetables.
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    "Get a cheap packet of ramen. Throw in frozen veggies and some protein like fried tofu or a hard-boiled egg. Boom, you've got a respectable meal." —u/westerngrace

    2. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Nachos

    3. Mejadra

    A bowl of mejadra made with rice, lentils, and onion.
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    "This dish has many different spellings, but it's a combination of rice, lentils, and caramelized onions. It tastes so much better than you would ever imagine." —u/MillySO

    4. Hash and Eggs

    5. Mexican-Inspired Mac 'n' Cheese

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    "You need ground beef, pasta shells, diced tomatoes, and green chiles, Velveeta, and taco seasoning. It's super yummy and costs around $1.70 per serving." —u/Lovely_Raptor

    6. Potato and Chickpea Curry

    7. Tortilla Pizza

    8. Cinnamon Toast

    9. Tater Tot Casserole

    10. Scrambled Eggs and Black Bean Tacos

    11. Mac 'n' Cheese With Hot Dogs

    12. Curried Chickpea Soup

    A bowl of chickpea and vegetable soup.
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    "Take a can of chickpeas, half a can of tomato paste, half an onion, and a generous dash of curry powder. Simmer it all for a while, and enjoy with bread or rice. It yields 2–3 servings for about $4." —u/beef_boloney

    13. Omelette in a Mug

    14. "Slow Cooker Sausage and Tortellini Soup."

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    15. Fried Cabbage and Smoked Sausage

    16. Twice-Baked Potatoes With Tuna Fish

    17. Tomato Soup Macaroni

    18. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

    19. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

    A piece of bread topped with chickpea salad.
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    "This meal basically got me through college." —u/yellowjacquet

    20. Sopa de Fideo

    21. Lazy Stroganoff

    22. Spam Sandwiches

    23. Scallion Pancakes

    A plate of scallion pancakes sliced into triangles
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    "Mix together equal parts hot water and white flour with a dash of salt. Let the batter sit, then mix in chopped green onions, and fry the pancakes in oil or butter until crispy. I like to eat mine with hot sauce." — u/bogmonster666

    24. Rice and Beans With a Fried Egg

    25. Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos

    Bean and cheese burritos on a plate.
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    26. "Mac 'n' cheese with a can of drained tuna and some frozen peas mixed all together."

    27. Salsa Chicken

    28. Beanie Weenies

    A bowl of baked beans with sliced hot dogs
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    "It's baked beans with chopped-up hot dogs."—u/lavender_and_mace

    29. Whatever's in the Fridge Fried Rice

    30. Sausage and Dirty Rice

    31. Ramen Pad Thai

    32. Tomato Sandwich

    33. Huevos Rancheros

    Huevos rancheros with cheese.
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    "it's just a fried tortilla, eggs, and salsa on top."  —u/calibeach83

    34. "Fried Bologna and Cheese on White Bread."

    35. Carbonara

    A plate of spaghetti carbonara with pancetta.
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    "It's cheap and relatively easy. While you cook pasta, dice some bacon and fry it until crispy. Add a touch of olive oil plus the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Add raw egg yolk, shredded parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Stir over low heat until well combined. Then serve with more freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan."  —u/terrendos

    36. Chicken and Broccoli Braid

    A braided bread with chicken and broccoli.
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    "Inexpensive, extremely filling, and you can turn it into so many different possibilities." —u/deleted

    Do you have a favorite cheap and easy meal you make all the time? Tell us in the comments below.