25 Cheap Recipes is a collection of easy, practical alternatives to fast or prepared foods that won't break the bank!
These easy lunch and dinner ideas are budget-friendly, pantry-based and ideal for busy or budget-minded families and/or college students.
This collection of 25 Cheap Recipes is perfect for anyone who is short on time, budget-minded or just learning to cook! Once you have the kitchen essentials, these recipes can come together in no time!
Stock the pantry and fridge with essentials and worry about the budget no more! You'll have every ingredient you need to make quick, healthy pantry meals.
- Spice Rack: essential spices and dried herbs make everything taste better
- Canned Goods: tuna, beans, fruit, tomatoes, chiles
- Nuts/Grains/Beans: rice, quinoa, couscous, barley, pasta, crackers, bread, cereal, peanuts, dried beans
- Condiments: mustard, mayo, salsa, pickles, olives, peanut butter, oil and vinegars, sauces (soy, teriyaki)
Fresh or frozen, it always helps to have a quick back-up in the fridge:
- Fruits, berries, smoothies
- Salad Dressings
- Jelly and Jams
- Lunch meat
- Tortillas or flatbread
25 Cheap Recipes
Dinner on a budget doesn't mean you can't eat healthy. Here are 25 cheap recipes, some that require no cooking and others that are stove top.
Cooking from scratch requires a little more time, but it's healthier and more affordable than processed foods.
Most of these budget-friendly meals can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Southern Cream Gravy
- Cast iron skillet
- Wire whisk
- ¼ cup oil , bacon or sausage grease, butter or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup flour , all-purpose
- 1½ cups milk , 2% or whole
- salt and pepper , to taste
- Heat skillet on medium
- Add oil and wait till it gets warm (about 1 minute)¼ cup oil
- Sprinkle in flour; whisk for 30-seconds¼ cup flour
- Add milk in ½ cup increments while continually whisking1½ cups milk
- Taste for seasonings; add salt & pepper; servesalt and pepper
- You can substitute milk with half-n-half, light cream or heavy cream
- Cream will make the gravy slightly sweeter than milk
- Too salty - yes, this happens frequently; the best way to remedy over-salted gravy is to add a little water or add more milk and flour. Do this by adding ½ cup milk first, whisk, then add ¼ cup flour; keep adding milk and flour until the flavor is balanced and the consistency is right
- Too thick - add more milk
- Too thin- add more flour
- Too bland - add more salt and pepper
- Clumpy - if your homemade gravy starts to look like glue, use a wire whisk and add milk - whisking constantly
Remember, just because you're in a hurry or on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice good food! Start a Supper Club or host a Potluck dinner once a month!
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