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Cheap Meals Recipes

Cheap meal recipes are an important stable in any household. This page features numerous recipes that taste great and don't cost much to make! Browse the recipes below and you are sure to find something that your family will enjoy.
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Ten Dollar ($10) Dinner Ideas

This page contains recipes and photos from our Ten Dollar ($10) Dinner section on ThriftyFun. All these recipes cost less than $10 to make a healthy dinner for a family of 4.

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Ramen Noodle Omelete

Super easy and cheap, this meal is great for anyone trying to eat on a budget, and sometimes just when the craving hits!

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Students Ragu

This is a very simple all together dinner. It is cooked in an electric frying pan. I have an unusually large one and we have a heck of a time putting the cover on.

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Easy Goulash

Easy and fast weeknight meal

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End of the Month Stir Fry
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Cheap Recipes

I live on less than $800 a month. Can anyone help me with some very cheap recipes?

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Farm Sale Sloppy Joes for 125

This is just a good, old recipe. It really does feed a ton of people!

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English Beans on Toast

This recipe is a sort of quick rendition of a meal that my friend's wife said they ate all the time growing up in England.

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Inexpensive Meal Ideas

Does anyone have any cheap meal ideas?

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Great Recession Cream Tuna on Toast

You can get all of the ingredients at the dollar store, it whips up fast, and it's a comfort food!

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Hash

This is a great recipe that I came up with one day because we didn't have a lot of money and Payday was 2 days away! My kids call it "Vomit" as a joke.

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Red Beans and Rice

It's quick, practically cooks itself on those nights when you just don't have the time or energy, and the whole family loves it!

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Bachelor Meal

Combine tomato soup and water; bring to a boil. Break egg carefully into soup. Drop bread in toaster. When egg is poached, remove pan from stove. With a slotted spoon, carefully lift egg from soup and place on toast; plain or buttered.

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Hamburger Soup

Saute' ground beef and onion in saucepan, stirring until crumbly; drain. Add tomatoes; mash. Add consomme', soup and vegetable juice cocktail. Add vegetables, rice, salt and pepper.

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Tuna And Noodles

A staple that can always be stretched to feed company. Partially cook the macaroni, drain. Add the soup and tuna stir. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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Uses For Ramen Noodles

Uncooked crushed Ramen noodles are great when sprinkled on chocolate or other flavors of pudding for a little crunch. Save the spice packet for making gravy or seasoning soup.

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Canned Pork Sausage

Using the canned pork you get from Pantry. Open and drain the water off of the canned pork, but leave the fat. Break up the pork with a fork. Mix in the seasonings as directed, or add to suit your taste.

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Recipes That Use Ramen Noodles

I would like ramen noodle recipes.

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Bean Sandwiches

I got this from my Dad who made it during the Depression. Beans are protein rich, and with the grain in the bread make a complete complex protein!

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Recipes on a Budget?

I am looking for any recipes or tips to feed two on $200.00 a month

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Cheap Meals With Rice And Ramen

Cheap, Tasty, and QUICK! Boil rice. About 10 minutes before tender, throw in the ingredients in the recipes and flavor with packets at the end.

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Macaroni and Cheese Feast

Turn a regular box macaroni into a feast! Cook one or two boxes of Kraft macaroni or store brand macaroni and cheese. Add one to two cans of water packed tuna, drained, and 1/2 to one cup of frozen mixed veggies (thawed of course).

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Frugal Black Beans and Polenta

This is a recipe I found somewhere on the internet and adapted it. It's really filling and makes enough for 6 people and costs about 50 cents per person :) I made it tonight and it was very filling and tasty!

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Quick, Cheap and Easy Goulash

I would like to get a cheap and easy recipe for goulash.

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Easy Rice A Roni Chicken Dinner

Cook rice dinner according to directions. Add chicken and you have a quick dinner! Get creative and add leftover vegetables. If you want a saucier dish, a package of clear chicken gravy cooked according to directions, or a can of cream of chicken soup mixed with a half a can of water works well.

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Recipes to Prepare Over an Open Fire

First I would like to tell you that you are all life savers. We have to feed a family of four on an $80.00 a week budget. These recipes will help tremendously. I have a couple of cheap and healthy meals that I have made over open fire when homeless.

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Beef Lo Mein

Brown 8 oz of ground beef and 1 chopped onion in a large skillet. Drain. Add 2 1/2 cups water bring to boil. Crumble in noodles from 2 3-oz bags of ramen noodles and add seasoning packets and 2 cups of thawed frozen broccoli florets.

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Chile Mac with Hotdogs

Cook two boxes macaroni and cheese. Open 2 cans Chile without beans. Mix together. Add as many cut up hot dogs as desired (Sausage may also be used).

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Hamburger and Ramen Recipe

I am looking for a recipe. Hamburger meat, green onions, ramen noodles and Worcestershire Sauce. Can anyone help me?

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Mushroom Macaroni

This is a quick and easy recipe from my mother.

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Frugal Meal Recipe For New Parents

Does anyone have a really yummy FRUGAL recipe (other than the usual lasagna or spaghetti) for a family that had a baby recently? I really want to make a meal for them, but usually make a recipe that has a lot of expensive ingredients. Thanks!

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Surprise Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Heat skillet, dice tomato and mix with macaroni and cheese. Place in frying pan and cook until brown on both sides.

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Army Stew

Chop up one onion; mix with one pound ground beef. Cook until done and drain off grease. Mix brown sugar and 2 Tbsp. mustard into a bowl.

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Cheap Sausage Dish

Total cost under $5.00. Cook your rice. Cut your onion an pepper into slivers, put in pan with butter or oil, what ever you want. Cut your sausage in half and place on top of your onion and pepper.

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Bam - A Quick Dinner

Dice the spam small and put into a saucepan. Pour the Sloppy Joe mix and spices over the spam, cook until good and hot, about 15 minutes.

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Spam and Cheese

Grind up 1 can of Spam or Treet. Then mix it with the following:

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Leftover Chicken Quesadillas

I just made this this morning seeing I had a couple things in the ice box that needed used so they wouldn't get wasted. I decided after I tasted it that it deserved to be shared! A nice way to use leftover chicken and cheese.

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One Pot Beef And Veggies - $10 Dinner

I don't really know how much this costs, because we grow everything in it except for the mushroom soup. I bought a bunch of that for fifty cents a can, so I'm stocked up for the year. This is a one-pot meal that you can throw in the oven and then go read a magazine or something.

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$10 Mushroom Gravy Meal

Make Ground Beef into hamburger patties and cook. Mix Mushroom Gravy mix, soup and water in bowl with wire whisk. Pour over cooked Hamburger patties and simmer until heated through and slightly thickened into gravy.

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Teriyaki Flavored Beef and Noodles

This is a super easy, super cheap way to get your Chinese food fix at home.

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Where Can I Find The $10 Dinners?

In a recent newsletter, wasn't there a topic that was $10 meals or something like that. It was shells, sausage and something else. I was trying to copy it to my word processing program and I lost it and I had deleted the message before I was really ready to delete it.

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$10 Dinner: Fish Mexicali

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray dish with cooking spray. Place fish in bottom of casserole dish in single layer. Drain and rinse beans. In separate bowl, mix corn, beans salsa and cheese.

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Recipes for 10 Pounds Of Chicken

We have found it economical to buy 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters at a time. They come in a bag at Walmart for $4.70. Since there are only two of us, we get a lot of use out of one bag.

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Eggs in a Nest

This is a lean times meal. My children and I have been at times through very lean times, and this is what I often served up when the cupboard was almost bare.

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"Bunny Special" Recipe

This simple but delicious recipe was started by my grandparents, and we all love it. They named it "Bunny Special" why I never asked, maybe someone can tell me! lol. . .

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Ground Beef Curly Noodle

This is a thrifty recipe that my sister came up with when she had several children that she watched in her home daycare. It can be spiced up quite a bit for the adult version, or left as is for picky children

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Recipe Using Day Old Bagels

I'm looking for ways to use bagels that are a few days old. Has anyone used them in a breakfast casserole type of a recipe or bread pudding or stuffing, etc.? I'd love to have recipes or direct me to a Website that might have some ideas.

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Ramen Noodles With A Twist

I like to make chicken flavored Ramen noodles and add sliced cooked carrots in to it. I buy a can of Libby's sliced carrots and just add some to the bottom of the bowl of noodles. It makes a great lunch and is another way to get your kids to eat more veggies.

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Chuckwagon Mac

Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions; set aside. In a skillet, brown beef, celery and onion until beef is brown; drain.

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Thrifty, Quick Southwestern Supper

Put macaroni on to cook. Brown crumbled hamburger and onion in skillet and cook until done. Add liquid smoke to taste. When hamburger is done, add veggies, salt, pepper, and cooked macaroni.

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Wide-Eyed Pizzas

Combine tomato sauce and oregano; spread 1 T. mixture on cut surface of each muffin half. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Using 3 1/4 inch round cutter, cut 8 circles of mozzarella cheese; place on top of tomato sauce mixture for the face.

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Beans and Rice

Spray medium saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat 1 minute.

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Ring Baloney Recipe

I'm sure everyone has had ring baloney boiled in pieces for dinner at one time or another in their life time. There are not many ways to fix this cut of meat. But, this one I've been using for years and people have been pleasantly surprised when served this dish.

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Quick Chicken Patty Pizza

I had some frozen chicken patties that weren't getting eaten. I put on my thinking cap and made quick chicken patty pizza.

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Quick as a Flash Burrito Filling

Combine two pounds of cooked beef, two packets of Lawry's Burrito Seasoning mix (any brand will do); 2-1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Done! Wrap in warm flour tortillas with grated cheese. Serves 8. By Kathy

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Ground Beef and Rice

A really cheap and nutritious dinner.

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Beanie Weenies Over Mac & Cheese

This recipe is so economical. For a family of four I buy 2 boxes of mac & cheese at 25 cents each, 2 cans of pork & beans at 33 cents each and a package of hot dog wieners for 50 cents (only use half the package for this recipe). I buy it all at the Sav A Lot store.

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Tuna Crescent Rolls

My son likes it without the gravy, but my husband & I like it with the gravy. It depends on your preference. Enjoy!

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Quick and Easy "Refried Beans"

Makes a great dip, or a base layer for burritos and tostadas. I sometimes also add about 1/4 cup of picante sauce for a different flavor.

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Chicken with Ramen

It tastes wonderful either way. Everyone that has tasted this loves it. It takes more time to tell how to make it than it does to do it!

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Easily Cook Rice in the Microwave

It's real easy. - 1 Cup white rice - 2 Cups water - a little oil or butter - 1 4-qt microwaveable bowl. Cook 20 minutes. You are done! Add your salt to-taste after cooking so the rice will remain tender. By gator10tx

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Fun With Kids in the Kitchen

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer?  Why not teach them to cook! It's a great way to have fun without spending a lot of money!

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Have a Frugal Pizza Night

Every Friday I make pizza. I figure this saves $25 or over every week.

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More Mac and Cheese without an Extra Box

When my kids were small but growing up, one box of mac and cheese just wouldn't stretch anymore, but felt it would be wasteful to fix two. I just added some more pasta and a little extra milk to the cheese mixture...

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