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23 Meals You Can Cook Even If You’re Broke

Because crackers and ramen does not a meal make.

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1. Creamy Tomato Soup

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A perfect winter meal, and the little grilled cheese croutons take this up a level from your standard tomato soup. Recipe here.

2. Taco Lettuce Wraps

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The recipe calls for turkey but you could also replace with beef mince. Recipe here.

3. Baked Potatoes

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The ultimate comfort food, on a budget. Recipe here.

4. Chicken Fried Rice

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A classic, but with a surprisingly small number of ingredients. Recipe here.

5. Beef Stew

The veggies in this stew are as cheap as chips, plus they're super filling and you'll have a bunch of leftovers. Recipe here.

6. One-Pot Pasta / Via Chung-Ah Ree

Not only is it cheap, it's also super easy to make, and with minimal washing up. Recipe here.

7. Spicy Spinach Quesadillas

Get your daily dose of greens with this delicious quesadilla. Recipe here.

8. Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Quinoa Salad

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Arguably, mozzarella isn't the cheapest thing in the supermarket. But everything else in this recipe is so cheap that it all balances out. Recipe here.

9. Ham, Spinach & Potato Frittata

It's incredible how a few simple ingredients can come together in such a delicious way. Recipe here.

10. Vegetarian Chili

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This delightful marriage of beans and vegetables will keep you full, even if your wallet is not. Recipe here.

11. Lentil Soup

Lentils have for years been the best friend of all those people who blow their whole paycheck on a new wardrobe. Recipe here.

12. Mac 'n' Cheese

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You can always spice it up by adding chilli or bacon if your budget allows, but you can also strip it back and enjoy the simple dish of your childhood. Recipe here.

13. Tuna and Lemon Spaghetti

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Tuna is one of the cheapest ways to get protein, and it pairs so well with lemon and olives. Recipe here.

14. Roast Vegetables

To buy a huge bunch of veggies shouldn't cost more than $5, and a tray of them will feed at least two. Supplement it with chicken or meat if you'd like. Recipe here.

15. Sloppy Joes

Sometimes you really want a burger but can't afford all the fancy things to go on it. That's where a sloppy Joe comes in handy. Recipe here.

16. Tofu in Garlic Sauce

Tofu isn't just for hippies — it's packed with protein and is so damn versatile. Recipe here.

17. Black Bean Salad

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A simple bean salad can be perfect on a summer night, especially if it has the right dressing. Try this honey chipotle one. Recipe here.

18. Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Stir-fry is one of those magical meals where a few ingredients can make an actual complete meal. Recipe here.

19. Vegetable Polenta Casserole

This is essentially just baked polenta and vegetables, topped with cheese. It might not sound as appealing as getting a pizza delivered, but it's cheap and surprisingly tasty. Recipe here.

20. Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Cooking up a batch of this curry will fill your house with amazing smells. You could even sub in stock for water and make it even more flavourful. Recipe here.

21. Pesto Pasta

There's not much better than spaghetti topped with fresh pesto and Parmesan cheese. Recipe here.

22. Vegetable and Sausage Hash

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Yes, this is essentially just sausages and veggies, but by sautéing and adding rosemary, it ends up seeming a lot more gourmet. Recipe here.

23. Kale and Quinoa Salad

It is actually mind-boggling that a recipe with such cheap ingredients can yield such a tasty and filling dish. Recipe here.