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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage
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Chicken Schnitzel
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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad
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Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe With Bread Bowl
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Beef Chorizo Stuffing
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine
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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes
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Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Stuffing
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Pamela’s Slow Cooker Pork Chili
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Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup
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Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet
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Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage
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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole
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Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits
19
Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less
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Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders

Tri Color Pasta Salad

Easy recipe for the best tri color pasta salad!  This is the perfect Summer time salad that uses Italian dressing, fresh vegetables and rotini pasta! 

Tri Color Pasta Salad

 The great thing about pasta salad is once you have the basics of pasta, salad dressing, herbs – the vegetables are really up to you.  There needs some type of tomatoes (I prefer halved grape tomatoes).   There needs to be celery chopped up.   What else?  Well that’s up to you.  You can add carrots.  You can add onions.  You can add broccoli.  You can add chopped up cauliflower.  You can can add black olives (yum!).  

Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Growing Sweet Peas

It’s a bit funny that I’m posting this recipe just as about we’re to tear up our green beans and plant our next batch of sugar snap peas.    Soon our boxes will be cleaned out with long beans and the sugar snap pea seeds will be put into the ground.  Then we’ll start the watch of seeing the peas grow from sprouting from the ground to seeing who can make it to the top of the fence first.

Every year we grow sugar snap peas twice because we just can’t get enough.   They are a favorite crunchy snack but they also go hand in hand with some of our favorite meals.  Give me some sugar snap peas, pasta and a little olive oil and you got a big bowl of happiness.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Potatoes Recipe just like my grandma used to make! They’re so creamy because they’re made with Cream of Mushroom Soup!  My family declares this their favorite homemade cheesy casserole! 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

First thing, these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are:
Creamy
Cheesy
Easy to Make
Family Friendly – Kids and Adults will both love them!

So they’re kinda the best! 

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving dinner this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, side dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes casserole with them (and you!) as it’s a family favorite!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  I absolutely love them!  Sure, during the holidays turkey is nice, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  Those are my favorites!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

EASY SLOW COOKER Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls – my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

Kielbasa and Cabbage

I am back with another slow cooker meal!  Even though it’s not even Fall yet, I’ve been loving my slow cooker this Summer! It’s been a life safer to have a delicious dinner ready when time management isn’t on my side!  

With a beautiful cabbage picked from the garden, I was contemplating what I should do with it.  At first I thought of making Ham and Cabbage Soup but then I had other ideas! Recently we’ve been loving Slow Cooker Green Beans, so I decided to throw the cabbage to in the slow cooker too!  Boom – this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage dish was created! 
Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

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Chicken Schnitzel

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

Chicken Schnitzel

This is a German grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. Make sure to serve with classic German side dishes – preferably potato salad, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

And you need to add a squirt of fresh lemon on top! You know that quote, if a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?  Well did you even eat schnitzel if you don’t add lemon on top?

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it's going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

But first….

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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

Healthy Roasted Cantaloupe Salad recipe made in 30 minutes.  It’s an easy savory and sweet melon tomato salad! I love this recipe for our garden Summer fruit!  This salad is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. 

Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

It’s Winter but I’m craving Summer food.   Maybe it’s the cold, or maybe it’s the post holiday slump, but I am dreaming of garden fresh fruits and vegetables right now!  

It doesn’t matter if it’s Winter or Summer where you are right now – you want this Roasted Cantaloupe Salad!  Since it’s Winter in NYC,  I’ll have to settle for store bought melon and tomatoes, but the greens will still come from our garden!

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Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe With Bread Bowl

Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe served inside bread bowls!  This quick dinner is ready in 20 minutes and your family will love it!   This post is sponsored by Red Gold® and SheKnows Media.

Easy Chili Recipe

If you live in the Northeast, you’re likely feeling the fall season. The temperature changed quickly, suddenly calling for heavy jackets and hats. To warm you up, I wanted to share this Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe with you; it’s a simple meal that the entire family will enjoy!
Easy Chili Recipe

If you’re a parent, you probably have an endless list of activities to do every day. Between your career, your children’s school, and their extracurricular activities, it’s probably difficult to carve out an hour to make dinner once everyone is home.

I’m excited to share a homemade chili recipe that doesn’t require a slow cooker or an hour in the kitchen – this dish only takes 20 minutes and it’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts (and tummies!) on the busiest nights.

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Beef Chorizo Stuffing

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family’s favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe! Thank you Cacique® for sponsoring this post. Visit your local grocery store to pick up your fave Cacique® product for a delicious dinner tonight!

Beef Chorizo Stuffing

Maybe you don’t think Mexican spices when you think holiday recipes, but I’m here to change that.  A little bit of Mexican taste is going to transform your usual stuffing recipe into something bursting with flavor. Say hi to Beef Chorizo Stuffing …. this side dish is delicious!

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family's favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe!

This stuffing recipe is a family favorite, not just  because of how tasty it is, but because of how easy it is to make! The holidays are about spending time with your family, so with this stuffing you don’t need to be stressed out!

I often serve this stuffing alongside chicken or turkey, but I also love it next to pork chops too!

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family's favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine

SLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal perfect for holiday entertaining or a family meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!
Tracking PixelSLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!

This is one of my family’s favorite Slow Cooker Meals.  We always break out our crockpot when cold weather hits because I love being able to make a delicious meal for my family that I know is going to warm up their bellies!   

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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes

SLOW COOKER Green Beans Recipe with Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours.  This is a healthy dish makes for delicious vegetable side dishes that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners.  This has been become one of families favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes! 

Vegetable Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Green Beans

With the garden season almost complete for the year, I constantly want to come up with new recipes to try, especially those that will make yummy vegetable side dishes.  With pounds of green beans and  potatoes just dug up, I wanted to create an easy meal that could use all of them.  

At my home, vegetable side dishes are quite popular with the entire family – adults and kids. So, I decided to create a rainbow side dish with all these veggies that everyone would love!

For more vegetable side dishes, try my other green bean recipes.

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Stuffing

Broccoli Cheese Casserole made with Stove Top Stuffing! This is one of my family’s favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is an easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It’s one of my favorite meals to enjoy with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing!
Broccoli Cheese Casserole made with Stove Top Stuffing! This is one of my family’s favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is an easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It’s one of my favorite meals to enjoy with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing!
 

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Pamela’s Slow Cooker Pork Chili

PAMELA’S Slow Cooker Pork Chili is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is one of the easiest crockpot recipes with diced tomatoes and beans! If you’re looking for dinner ideas to make as your family’s favorite comfort food dinners, then this it!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread! 

Crockpot Recipes

PAMELA’S Slow Cooker Pork Chili is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is one of the easiest crockpot recipes with diced tomatoes and beans! If you’re looking for dinner ideas to make as your family’s favorite comfort food dinners, then this it!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread! 

With the temperatures feeling like single digits, I’ve been craving a nice (big!) bowl of warm chili. But without having to put too much energy into it!  That’s when I start looking for dinner ideas that involve my favorite kitchen tool- the crockpot.
PAMELA'S PORKY Slow Cooker CHILI is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is easy to make in the crockpot with diced tomatoes and beans! It's one of my families favorite comfort food dinners!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread!

I decided to up my chili game one notch and create Pamela’s Pork Chili filled with bacon and sausage!  Doesn’t it look delicious? It tastes it too!

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Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe that’s authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002.   Months later, we were dating.  Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!).   15 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry and human children to the family, and are still doing out art together.  What else do we do together?  We cook in the kitchen.

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe that's authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

Wonton Soup Recipe (That’s easy to make!)

I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious.   One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.  

Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout (besides chicken and broccoli!), but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.  

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe! that's authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons.    I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.

Also, it tastes JUST LIKE the Chinese restaraunt – but so much more healthier because it’s homemade!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet

Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Start your day with this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet, one of the best Keto Recipes to boost you up! This is one my yummiest and budget-friendly keto recipes.  #breakfast #keto

KETO RECIPES
Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Start your day with this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet, one of the best Keto Recipes to boost you up! This is one my yummiest and budget-friendly keto recipes.  #breakfast #keto

The truth is that I made this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet for the first time in June. It was when the jalapeno plants in the garden started exploding with peppers all over. And then after I tasted it for the first time I knew I had to share the recipe with you guys. 

Now it’s October and the recipe is finally here. What took me so long? Well, I’ve been eating these Cheesy Jalapeno Omelets nonstop!
Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Start your day with this Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet, one of the best Keto Recipes to boost you up! This is one my yummiest and budget-friendly keto recipes.  #breakfast #keto

This new keto diet has pushed us to our limits, trying out Keto Recipes and turning to the new healthy can be difficult when we don’t know which recipes actually qualify as keto recipes. Whether it is cauliflower casserole or this cheesy jalapeno Omelet, I’m digging out new Keto Recipes each day. And this recipe makes for a great breakfast!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onion!) into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

It’s Fall! It’s really fall! The leaves are changing, I need to wear a jacket in the morning, I prefer my coffee hot now.   What else does Fall mean?  Time to bring out the crockpot for my family’s favorite comfort meals!

You guys have been telling me that I need to share more of my slow cooker recipes, since you’ve enjoyed my Cabbage and Kielbasa and Cabbage Roll Casserole. So here I am – now it’s time to share Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onion!) into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

I love this recipe becase of the ingredients and the directions.  

The ingredients are basic, you might have everything in your kitchen already!  The stars of the show are Sweet Italian Sausage, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and a onion.    Close your eyes.   Imagine the smell of your kitchen while this cooks.  It’s going to smell SO GOOD!  

Whenever I make this, my husband can smell it in our hallway as soon as he steps off the elevator.  He gets a little strut in his step because he knows it’s going to be a good dinner.  

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese recipe with creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is the best comfort food. It’s so easy to make! This cheesy pumpkin mac and cheese recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin purée and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It turns out so delicious, ultra creamy, and flavorful – my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for fall!

Homemade mac and cheese recipe with creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is the best comfort food. It’s so easy to make! This cheesy pumpkin mac and cheese recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin purée and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It turns out so delicious, ultra creamy, and flavorful - my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for fall!

I know some of you don’t want the summer to end, but I’d like for you to take my hand and enter into Fall’s journey.  It’s full of beautiful leaves, apple cider, chilly nights, cozy socks, ghosts and goblins, the color orange.

Oh pumpkin! Oh this recipe!

First, it was Pumpkin Brownies!  Then it was Pumpkin Chili. Now I’m pulling out the big guns… Macaroni and Cheese in creamy pumpkin pasta sauce!

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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole

This Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole takes less than 30 minutes to create. With just 4 ingredients and one pan, it isn’t a regular family favorite on our table but this is my cheat meal when it comes to easy dinner recipes. The best part is everyone wants a second helping!

Easy Dinner Recipes

After a hard day at the office or running after kids, creating a meal is often the last thing we want to do. That’s when we need easy dinner recipes. And this is one tops my list. You can create this Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole in less than 30 minutes. And it doesn’t require any prep time, cutting veggies or marinating the chicken. 

If you’re short on time, opt for frozen meatballs. I often call this recipe by leftover meatball casserole. If there’s any leftover meatball from previous dinners, I freeze them, especially for this recipe.

Texas Toast Casserole

Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole

These meatballs are delicious. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. 
What else is delicious? Texas toast.
What else? Cheese.
What if you add them all together for a quick easy weeknight casserole? You’ll love it!

This Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole takes less than 30 minutes to create. With just 4 ingredients and one pan, it isn’t a regular family favorite on our table but this is my cheat meal when it comes to easy dinner recipes. The best part is everyone wants a second helping!  

Start with your meatballs. I used pre-cooked meatballs for this Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole. Cook them as per your box instruction. As your meatballs is cooking, start making your Texas Toast (homemade or bought in a box!. 

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Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits

DELICIOUS easy to make Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits recipe!  Recipe includes step by step pictures!  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

Want to know a true story?  I made these buttermilk biscuits twice.  In one week.  I nearly ate them all.  I’m thinking about making them again.   Right now.

The Best Buttermilk Biscuits!

These buttermilk biscuits are what magical bread dreams (we all have them, right?) are about.  They’re flaky, they’re moist, they’re full of flavor and you just can’t get enough of them.   More specifically these are buttermilk biscuits which makes them ultra deluxe and ultra moist.   Like my gif shows, buttermilk makes everything better, don’t you agree?

Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits also have jalapeno peppers in it for a slight bite of heat.  The jalapenos are a great balance for that buttermilk giving it a little something special.  I chop the jalapenos up pretty fine so they’re evenly distributed and not overwhelming.   Between these biscuits and candied jalapenos I’m eating quite a bunch of jalapenos this Summer!

DELICIOUS easy to make Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits recipe!  Recipe includes step by step pictures!  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

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Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

Cheap Dinner Recipes

Can we have some real talk?  

Who doesn’t need a budget nowadays?

With rent, health insurance, student loan debt and childcare costs on the rise – does anyone actually have money to save nowadays?  With living costs increasing, but salaries not on the rise, we all need to be crafty with dinner recipes.     

If you’re looking at starting to budget your dinner meals, then you’ve come to the right place.  Maybe you’re looking for a full week’s worth of cheap dinner recipes, or maybe you’re just looking for 1-2 recipes a week. Either way, these recipes will save your family money!

Make sure to also check out my post 25 Cheap Meals for Large Families or under $10 if you are feeding 6 or more people! 

How to Make Cheap Dinners

Here are some tips on creating dinner recipes on a budget:

  • Always look at what’s on sale.  Look at your grocery ad online before you head to the store.  
  • Improvise your meals depending on what’s on sale.  If the recipe calls for broccoli and it’s not on sale, but cauliflower is on sale, use cauliflower instead.
  • Make a list.  Decide before going to the store what supplies you need.  Don’t go off the list.  
  • Buy in season fruits and vegetables.   If they’re out of season, they will cost a lot more.
  • Visit farmers markets or vegetables stands for better deals.   
  • Buy in bulk if at all possible.  If you use rice often, buy a 15 pound bag of rice instead of buying small bags.  The same goes for beans, soaking beans overnight is going to save you lots of money instead of buying canned beans.
  • Think about leftovers.  If you’re cooking for a family of 2 or 3, can you make enough to last you 2 meals?  Maybe you need to buy a $2 loaf of French bread to last you the additional dinner (and you can freeze bread for later meals!).
  • Grow your own food, if at all possible.  For a pack of tomato seeds that cost $1, you can can enough tomato sauce to last you a year!
  • Buy vegetables in bulk and freeze them! If green beans are on sale, buy a few pounds and freeze them!  Here’s how to freeze green beans.
  • Buying meat in family packs is significantly cheaper than buying 1 serving.  I always buy the family pack of meat and freeze in individual bags once I get home from the store. 
  • Learn to love your slow cooker!  The crockpot can provide cheap and easy meals for families! 

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Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders

ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods!  

This post is sponsored by Sugardale Foods and SheKnows Media.

You’re going to love these Italian Ham and Turkey Sliders with roasted vegetables!  They are the perfect mini sandwich for dinner, potlucks and picnics!  
ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods! 

Our family loves sandwiches, especially Italian Sandwiches.  For dinner I wanted to do something fun with sandwiches, so I grabbed a pack of Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls and created mini sandwiches with ham, turkey, cheese and roasted mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes!
ITALIAN Ham and Turkey Sliders with ROASTED Vegetables on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! This mini sandwich recipe is so easy to make and makes the perfect meal for dinner, potlucks and party finger foods! 

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