Budget Dinner Recipes

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Ramen-Vegetable Beef Skillet

“This combination of ingredients is unique and flavorful.” The whole gang will enjoy this hearty, colorful meal-in-one. Marlene McAllister - Portland, Michigan
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Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

Tender Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage

I have some Irish ancestry, so I started a family tradition on St. Patrick's Day. I came up with my own recipe for the classic corned beef and cabbage. The meat is tender, and the apple juice gives it a mellow flavor.—Jo Ann Honey, Longmont, Colorado

Pasta Shells and Peppers

Pasta Shells and Peppers

Pasta Shells and Peppers

"Tomatoes and green peppers spooned over the top give this easy-to-prepare macaroni and cheese fresh homemade taste," shares Sharon Ann Sluski from West Ossipee, New Hampshire. Our test kitchen figures her thrifty main dish costs just 94 cents per serving.

Chicken-Baked Chops

Chicken-Baked Chops

Chicken-Baked Chops

"Even my husband, who doesn't care for pork, enjoys these tender chops covered with an easy sauce," relates Debbie Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The price of this thrifty main dish is easy on the wallet at a mere 98 cents a serving.

Ham Loaves

Ham Loaves

Ham Loaves

This is a great recipe if your family enjoys meatloaf. The brown sugar mixture makes it so tasty.—Carol Van Sickle, Versailles, Kentucky

Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss

"My family loves Chinese food," says Carol Roane, Sarasota, Florida, "so I came up with this quick-and-easy recipe to use up leftover chicken, pork or beef."

Flavorful Meat Loaf

Flavorful Meat Loaf

Flavorful Meat Loaf

This recipe is a firm, hearty loaf with a distinctive taste, thanks to soy sauce and ginger. This is one recipe I rely on for a satisfying, inexpensive meal.—Sharon Hancock, Belleville, Ontario

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

Cheesy Zucchini Pie

For a light lunch or brunch that costs just 76 cents per serving, fix this quiche-like dish made with crescent roll dough. "This zucchini pie is delicious, easy and inexpensive," writes Melissa Collins from South Daytona, Florida.

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

This speedy and hearty dish is quite tasty. You get the rich flavor by allowing the turkey and spices to blend overnight. Don't skip this step!—Shirley Goodson, West Allis, Wisconsin

Seasoned Swiss Steak

Seasoned Swiss Steak

Seasoned Swiss Steak

This main dish combines tender beef and vegetables in a gravy that melds tomato, brown sugar and mustard.—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Garden-Fresh Fettuccine

Fresh vegetables right from the garden make this a special dish that is quick, easy, economical and downright delicious! Sometimes I add snow peas, too. —Jan Huntington, Painesville, Ohio

Sausage with Apple Sauerkraut

Sausage with Apple Sauerkraut

Sausage with Apple Sauerkraut

Dress up sauerkraut with apple and fennel and serve it with Polish sausage or bratwurst. Top with your favorite mustard or relish.
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