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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.

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."

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.

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.”
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Basic Meat Loaf

Basic Meat Loaf

Basic Meat Loaf

"Since I can't have much salt, I've come up with a recipe for meat loaf that is really tasty without it."—Lillian Wittler, Wayne, Nebraska

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet

Chinese New Year Skillet was inspired by a recipe on the back of a rice package in 1957, notes Sherilyn West of Lubbock, Texas. “If you like pork, I guarantee you’ll love this recipe.”

Turkey Taco Bake

Turkey Taco Bake

Turkey Taco Bake

This dish is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. This hearty Mexican-style casserole is chock-full of popular south-of-the-border ingredients including corn chips, salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and refried beans. It's a guaranteed family-pleaser.—Trudie Hagen, Roggen, Colorado

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. —Kathy M Johnson, Lake City, South Dakota

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.

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.

Tomato Spinach Spirals

Tomato Spinach Spirals

Tomato Spinach Spirals

A great side dish or meatless main course, this pasta pleaser comes together in a snap. "It is tasty, quick and easy," says Janet Montano of Temecula, California. And at just 69¢ a serving, it's affordable as well.

Bean 'N' Rice Burritos

Bean 'N' Rice Burritos

Bean 'N' Rice Burritos

"One night I wanted to make something different for dinner," writes Susie Kohler from her home in Union, Missouri. "I started with black beans and added things I thought would taste good." The end result was as delicious as it was economical...two burritos coast a mere 89¢.
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