Budget Dinner Recipes

Looking for Budget Dinner recipes? Find budget dinner recipes for cheap main dishes like burgers, steaks, and more dinner recipes.

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Sausage Lentil Stew

Sausage Lentil Stew

Sausage Lentil Stew

This hearty stew is chock-full of protein-packed lentils, vegetables and tasty turkey kielbasa. It's big on flavor but easy on the budget, assures Patti St. Antoine of Broomfield, Colorado.

Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Sauce

Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Sauce

Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Sauce

The hearty entree is generously stuffed with cubed turkey, cheese and chilies in a mild creamy sauce. My daughter made this dish for us, and it was excellent.—Leona Therou, Overland Park, Kansas

Tangy Chicken Legs

Tangy Chicken Legs

Tangy Chicken Legs

This sweet and tangy sauce shared by Joey McGuire of Lynn, Indiana is easily assembled with basic pantry ingredients. Brushed on chicken leg quarters, it's bargain-priced at just 39 cents a serving. Try it over beef or pork, too.
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Three-Cheese Shells

Three-Cheese Shells

Three-Cheese Shells

This is a hearty meatless entree. It's easy to prepare ahead, then bake just in time for dinner.—June Barrus, Springville, Utah

Garlic Clove Chicken

Garlic Clove Chicken

Garlic Clove Chicken

“My Greek neighbors made Garlic Clove Chicken frequently, and I couldn’t get enough of it,” writes Denise Hollebeke of Penhold, Alberta. “If you like garlic, you’ll love this chicken.”

Minestrone Stew

Minestrone Stew

Minestrone Stew

Janie Hoskins of Red Bluff, California adds green chilies to this slow-cooked stew made from convenient pantry ingredients. You're sure to like the taste...and the price of 66 cents a serving.

Saucy Franks with Rice

Saucy Franks with Rice

Saucy Franks with Rice

"Here is a fast, flavorful, simple way to dress up plain old hot dogs," writes Roslyn Beal of Bremen, Georgia. Her hearty, economical mainstay comes in at only 43 cents per serving.

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Melonie Corbin's creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is quick to fix and costs only 58¢ a helping. "You can add tuna, leftover ham or other meat, and vegetables to make this into a main dish," she related from Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Chicken Salad Casserole

Chicken Salad Casserole

Chicken Salad Casserole

Field editor Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina shares her rich and creamy Hot Chicken Salad. Topped with crunchy potato chips and almonds, the comforting casserole could be made with leftover cooked chicken. —Doris Heath, Franklin, North Carolina

One-Pot Dinner

One-Pot Dinner

One-Pot Dinner

"My family always comes back for seconds when this nicely seasoned skillet supper is on the table," reports Bonnie Morrow of Spencerport, New York. And it's nicely priced at 72 cents a serving.

Orange-Mustard Grilled Chicken

Orange-Mustard Grilled Chicken

Orange-Mustard Grilled Chicken

Writes Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, "We love grilling out...and this is one of our favorite recipes. The ginger, orange and mustard flavors make a tantalizing sauce for moist chicken."
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