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    Oct 27, 2015

    27 Easy Meals That Won't Break The Bank

    There's no shame in the cheap dinner game.

    Amy Sefton / for BuzzFeed

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite budget-friendly dinner staples. Here's what they said:

    1. Crispy Cheddar Chicken

    "Super easy: Just halve some chicken breasts, and dip them in milk, cheddar, and crushed Ritz crackers or breadcrumbs. Then bake." —powitspaige

    Recipe here.

    2. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

    domesticsuperhero.com

    "Ground beef can be expensive, so I substitute half the meat for minced mushrooms, and nobody ever notices. Just toss mushrooms in a food processor and pulse. After you brown the beef, add the mushrooms, seasonings, and tomato sauce. This also works with taco meat, chili, and sloppy joes." —MarcosMommy

    Recipe here.

    3. Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

    gimmesomeoven.com

    "For leftovers, shred the chicken and use it for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, or tostadas." —Lori O.

    Recipe here.

    4. Fish in Lemon & Butter Sauce

    primalpalate.com

    "So simple, and works with with pretty much any white fish." —Annie Galveston, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    5. Easy Fried Rice

    "This takes less than 10 minutes if you use day-old rice and frozen peas and carrots." —Jamie Silver, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    6. Pesto Chicken Bake

    thepinningmama.com

    "I love the store-brand pesto at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, but it's also pretty cheap and fast to make your own." —Elizabeth Nadal, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    7. Whole Wheat Penne With Sausage & Peppers

    "I use any produce that's about to turn, always with lots of garlic and olive oil." —Rhiannonelan

    Recipe here.

    8. Crock-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

    skinnytaste.com

    "Two ingredients: salsa + chicken. That’s it! Use it for tacos, salads, or even by itself." —Kenzie G.

    Recipe here.

    9. Shakshuka

    nourishatelier.com

    "The best part is the rich, tomato-y sauce — with eggs baked right in." —Imit2

    Recipe here.

    10. Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

    "Sweet and spicy. You can use a cheaper cut of meat and know that the Crock-Pot will break it down over several hours."—Diana Mia Gonzales, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    11. Cheesy Olive Bread

    "Olive bread is a big favorite with my family. Cheesy, salty, bready goodness." —Jessica B.

    Recipe here.

    12. 15-Minute Penne Rosa

    backtoherroots.com

    "It’s very similar to the penne rosa at Noodles and Company. But I leave out the shrimp and use frozen spinach, unless the fresh stuff is on sale." —venus236

    Recipe here.

    13. Tuna Casserole

    gimmesomeoven.com

    "This version is a little healthier (no canned soup or heavy cream) but still just as tasty as the stuff I ate growing up." —Jan Bennett, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    14. Curried Chickpeas With Spinach

    budgetbytes.com

    "This was my go-to cheap meal in college." —Lisa Arielle Evans, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    15. Homemade Chicken Shwarma

    "This too!" —Lisa Arielle Evans, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    16. Slow Cooker Pinto Beans With Rice and Salsa

    gracefullittlehoneybee.com

    "Every month, I make a big batch of brown rice and a big batch of (dried) pinto beans in the Crock Pot. Then I portion both of them out in 16-ounce containers. For a quick meal, toss one serving of rice, one serving of beans, and 8 ounces of your favorite salsa in a skillet. Heat through, and serve with your favorite taco toppings in a tortilla." —Samantha T.

    Recipe here.

    17. Easy Rigatoni Bake

    prouditaliancook.com

    "You can change it up by adding Parmesan cheese, meat (like ground turkey), or bell peppers for sweetness." —Kristine Elizabeth L.

    Recipe here.

    18. Chicken or Turkey Lettuce Wraps

    damndelicious.net

    "Topped off with ranch or Sriracha." —Aymee Jay

    Recipe here.

    19. Sloppy Joe Casserole

    cravingsofalunatic.com

    "Even better on the second day." —Lydia Blake, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    20. Roasted Veggie & Black Bean Tacos

    "Spend a few minutes chopping, then pile everything onto a baking sheet and roast." —Pauline Moran, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    21. Baked Tilapia in Foil or Parchment

    28cooks.blogspot.com

    "Serve with a green salad and enjoy!" —Leah L.

    Recipe here.

    22. Vegetarian Lentil Chili

    littlebroken.com

    "Cheap, filling, and even my carnivore husband doesn't miss the meat." —Mary Shipley, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    23. Easy Chicken Curry

    food52.com

    "Cilantro on the top, over rice, and boom." —Chelsea T.

    Recipe here.

    24. Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

    "Top off with Parmesan cheese or prosciutto. So easy!" —Jessica Pick, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    25. Red Beans & Rice

    onecrazyhouse.com

    "Adding chorizo makes this even better." —Lindsay Biram, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    26. Sweet Potato, Shrimp & Kale Skillet

    primaverakitchen.com

    "I'll buy fresh shrimp if they're on sale, otherwise, frozen works just fine." —Diane Barney, Facebook

    Recipe here.

    27. Kielbasa Hash

    thetwobiteclub.com

    "Serve over rice, with noodles, or on its own. Leftovers are still good reheated at work the next day." —Mabel

    Recipe here.

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