Budget Dinner Recipes

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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."

Tuna Mushroom Bake

Tuna Mushroom Bake

Tuna Mushroom Bake

Tuna Mushroom Casserole is a rich-tasting main dish. The recipe was sent by Connie Moore of Medway,Ohio, who relates, "I usually serve this casserole when I'm short on time and we need something hearty and comforting."

Tangy Pot Roast

Tangy Pot Roast

Tangy Pot Roast

This super tender pot roast gets its special flavor from zippy Catalina dressing. Made in a slow cooker, it takes the edge off a busy day. —Paula Beach, Milton, New York

Country-Fried Steak

Country-Fried Steak

Country-Fried Steak

Country Fried Steak is a favorite of field editor Betty Claycomb and her husband, Harold, who live in Alverton, Pennsylvania. "This down-home main dish is simple to make and so delicious!" Betty assures.

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes 'n' Ham Casserole

I'm a home health nurse and got this recipe from one of my elderly clients, who had used it for years. Now, it's one of my family's favorites. It will never curdle, thanks to the secret ingredient of powdered nondairy creamer. You can serve this homey favorite for just 85¢ per serving. —Kathleen Johnson, Lake City, South Dakota

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy

This hearty main dish is a favorite at our house. It really warms you up.—Kim Kidd, New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut

Savory Sausage 'n' Sauerkraut comes from Robert Walker of Glen Dale, West Virginia. "Not only is it economical, it's delicious. I'm positive you'll serve it often," Robert says.

Sausage Pancakes

Sausage Pancakes

Sausage Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes are an easy way to fill up the kids before school or anytime.—Barbara Downey, Preston, Iowa

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Barbecued Ham 'n' Peaches

Wrap up Barbecued Ham ‘n’ Peaches in individual foil packets for a main dish that’s both sweet and savory in every bite. “You can substitute canned ham or slices of lean Canadian bacon, if you wish,” notes Cornelia Whiteway of Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Caraway Pot Roast

Caraway Pot Roast

Caraway Pot Roast

• Served with colorful carrots and smooth sour cream gravy, Caraway Pot Roast is so tender and flavorful that no one would guess it’s an “economical” main dish. Violet Beard of Marshall, Illinois shared the recipe.

Spanish Rice Dinner

Spanish Rice Dinner

Spanish Rice Dinner

"Spanish Rice Dinner has been a family favorite since I discovered it in our church cookbook," says field editor Jeri Dobrowski of Beach, North Dakota. "I always have the ingredients on hand, and it reheats very well in the microwave."
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