Looking to save some money or living on a budget? Check out our top 5 favorite cheap, quick and tasty recipes you can whip up using common, inexpensive ingredients.
5. Tortilla Pizza (via ListVerse)
Tortillas are a very versatile thing to keep around in your kitchen since you can use them to make wraps, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and, of course, pizza. One food where there’s no wrong way to make it. Grab 1-3 tortillas per serving, depending on how hungry you are, some pasta sauce, and mozzarella (or any other kind of cheese). Pre-heat your oven to 300F and bake them on a
cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. Be creative and raid your fridge for toppings – this is a great way to get use up extra produce you might have that you don’t want to go bad and have to throw away.
4. “Ramen 2.0” (via Thought Catalog)
Take your standard dried ramen noodle packet, that come in many varieties of flavors, and add in new ingredients. You can add additional water than what the packet recipe calls for to make a soup so you can add in fresh vegetables, pieces of cooked chicken and meat, as well as additional spices. A lot of people will use canned tuna as a meat filling and also add cheese for a tuna casserole-type of dish that takes 1/4 the time and effort! See SeriousEats.com’s Ramen Hacks list of 30 things you can do up your ramen noodle game.
3. Potato-Bar Chili (via TasteofHome)
Chili stuffed inside a baked potato is super hearty and filling and also healthy for you, hitting a lot of the major food groups. You can get creative with the chili piece and basically open up baked potato and stuff in your chili. For those unfamiliar with making a chili, it’s simple – follow the recipe here and you’ll be eating in under a half hour.
2. Vegetarian Pot Pie (via TheVeggieTable)
A lot of people may think they’ll miss the meat, but when you substitute in vegetables like different kinds of potatoes and squash, you’ll be just as full. Vegetables can also be much less expensive than meat, so a vegetarian pot pie can be a great option of you’re craving a chicken pot pie but want to save money (or you just want to save cooking time!) Follow the recipe here, and remember you can always use a pre-made pie crust for this to save time.
1. Monkey Bread (via ListVerse)
This is technically a dessert, but in terms of bang-for-your-buck, the taste and satisfaction you’ll get from eating this is much better than anything healthy! Besides, it’s always good to have something sweet around (in case of emergency.) If you’re not into baking, you’ll still find this recipe easy. Buy a can of refrigerated biscuits (such as the ones made by Pillsbury), take 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 3/4 cup of butter. Preheat the oven to 350F and cut the biscuits into the quarters before you roll them into the cinnamon-sugar mix. You make the mix by melting the butter (in a microwave on on the stove with a saucepan) and then mixing in the cinnamon and sugar with a spoon and mixing motion. Place half of the biscuits into a bundt cake pan (you can find this at most thrift stores or grocery stores), pour 1/2 the butter mix on-top and place the remaining biscuits in the pan and top them with the other half of the mixture. Bake for 30-40 minutes, let it cool and warm any of the remaining mixture in a saucepan on the stove to drizzle on top when you pull the cake out of the oven.