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Budget Dinner Recipes

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

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

This recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, it's pretty, too. This colorful pasta dish combines julienned ham, Parmesan cheese, peas and linguine.—Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland

Mushroom Ham Fettuccine

Mushroom Ham Fettuccine

Mushroom Ham Fettuccine

This entree tastes rich, but at 92 cents a helping, it won't break the bank. "It's one of our favorite pasta dishes and elegant enough for company," says Renee Reyes from Owensboro, Kentucky.

Baked Salisbury Steak

Baked Salisbury Steak

Baked Salisbury Steak

In her Newton, Kansas kitchen, Elsie Epp bakes ground beef patties in a mushroom soup gravy to create this mild, moist main course that's a mere 66 cents a serving. "This recipe is easy and quick," she notes. "I get compliments whenever I serve it."
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas

Hamburger Gravy

Hamburger Gravy

Hamburger Gravy

For an old-fashioned stick-to-your-ribs meal, try this economical entree that's just 89¢ a helping. "As a newlywed, I was so grateful to my mom for sharing this easy recipe," notes Sandy McKenzie of Braham, Minnesota. "My husband enjoys this no matter how often I serve it."

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

Baked Vegetable Beef Stew

"When my granddaughter was 3, she had a bear that sang a song about 'root stew'," recalls Alice McCabe of Climax, New York. "She thought he was talking about tree roots, so I took her to the store to buy root veggies, and we made this stew."

Honey Barbecued Chicken

Honey Barbecued Chicken

Honey Barbecued Chicken

This dish has plenty of taste and eye appeal. It's baked to perfection in an onion tomato sauce that's both sweet and spunky.—Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas

Sweet-Sour Franks

Sweet-Sour Franks

Sweet-Sour Franks

"When I married my husband more than 30 years ago, I asked my mother-in-law for some of his favorite dishes," writes Diane Hendrixson of Wapakoneta, Ohio. "Knowing money was tight, she sent this one that I still make." It remains a bargain at 71¢ a serving.

Veggie Beef Bundles

Veggie Beef Bundles

Veggie Beef Bundles

"These individual foil packets of meat and vegetables became a favorite when my husband and I were building a log home," recalls Carolyn Dixon from Wilmar, Arkansas. The meal cuts clean up time and is priced at just 78¢ per serving.

Vegetable Noodle Bake

Vegetable Noodle Bake

Vegetable Noodle Bake

Traditional lasagna fixin's (minus the meat) make up Vegetable Noodle Bake, a satisfying casserole shared by field editor Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois. The egg noodles are a great substitute for the usual lasagna noodles. "If you're out of hamburger, serve the dish and no one will even notice it's meatless because it's so tasty," Dixie assures.

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken

My family has always loved this flavorful, golden-brown chicken. I watch for the frequent sales on leg quarters to keep the cost per serving low. —Linda Trammell, Kingston, Missouri
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