These Money-Saving Meals Will Be Family Favorites
Grocery shopping is expensive. The average family of four spends upwards of $289 a week on groceries, so if you’re looking for a way to save money on your monthly bills, your grocery list is probably the first place you’re looking. Sure, you can survive on a diet of rice and beans, but eventually you’re going to get tired of eating the same thing every day.
Here are a few recipes to help you save money on your grocery bill while still enjoying some tasty meals.
Mexican meals are packed with flavor and are usually relatively inexpensive. This taco casserole has all of the flavors of your favorite Mexican restaurant at a fraction of the cost. It’s easy to make, too — just brown your meat, then add the beans and salsa. Once that’s heated through, throw it in a casserole dish, top it with your onions, tomato, and cheese, and bake it until the cheese is bubbly. It’s easy, tasty, affordable and can double as a snack at your next house party.
Who doesn’t love Chinese food? This recipe uses chicken thighs instead of breasts, which are less expensive and often more flavorful than white meat. Making your own sweet and sour sauce is simple — all you need is light brown sugar, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, pineapple juice, and ketchup. Yes, you read that right. The secret ingredient is the tomato ketchup in your fridge.
Quesadillas don’t necessarily have to be a dinnertime meal. These tasty snacks are made up of cheese, eggs, spinach, and black beans, so you can enjoy them any time of day. Going for a vegetarian option like this can save you a lot of money on your weekly grocery bill, too. Removing meat from your diet a few days a week can potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year.
There’s nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a cool day, or even on a warm one. This broccoli and bacon chowder is filling and healthy, especially when you add in the cheddar toasts. All you need is two strips of bacon, some broccoli and a few other ingredients to make a delicious and healthy soup for a fraction of the cost of buying a can of Campbell’s.
Also known as Shakshuka, this spicy dish is hearty and meat-free, and can save you money on your weekly grocery bills. Instead of cooking the eggs separately, they’re poached in a spicy tomato sauce. It makes your evening dishes easier, too — this is a one-pan meal. Serve it with slices of toasted baguette for dipping for a tasty meal any time of the day.
6. Turkey Chili
You don’t need beef to make a fantastic and flavorful chili. Swap out your ground beef with ground turkey and you’ve got a lean but still flavorful alternative for chili night. With this as a base, you can throw in all of your favorite chili ingredients and create a meal so tasty you won’t even know that you didn’t use ground beef to create it.
Usually, if you’re making stuffed peppers, you need ground beef — but not with these super-tasty alternatives. All you need is green bell peppers, mushrooms, chicken, and the stuff to make a creamy cheese sauce, and you’ve got the makings of a super-tasty stuffed pepper that won’t break the bank. This recipe is also ideal for people who love stuffed peppers but can’t eat or don’t like the tomatoes that normally make up the filling.
Stromboli is delicious and filling, and this easy four-ingredient recipe is super-easy on your wallet. All you need is pizza dough — either store-bought or homemade — plus cheese, ham and salami. You can serve it with marinara sauce if you want something to dip it in, but this handheld hot sandwich might have all the flavor you need.
Save Money and Enjoy
You don’t have to sacrifice flavor just to save money on your favorite meals. Try out some of these super-tasty and budget-friendly recipes and let us know how they go over with your family. You might be surprised at what even the pickiest eaters will enjoy and you’ll know that you’re saving money while giving them some awesome and healthy meals to choose from.
Related: 10 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store
Do you have any money-saving meals to add to the list?