These days we have to be budget conscious. We all work to scrimp and save. We pinch our pennies in one area so that we can splurge or relax in another. Fiscal responsibility is important. This is why it is important to have some recipes for budget meals up our sleeves. Try these four meals for under $10 and you will save money while feeling rich with flavor.
1. Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash
Roast chicken with potatoes and butternut squash is an easy dinner, that is it is easy on your wallet easy to make and easy to eat. In fact, we think that this is a cheap meal that is perfect for when you have guests over. This simple supper is $1.62 per serving and includes items you probably already have in your pantry including, garlic, dried sage, red potatoes and butter. Purchase a butternut squash and a roasting chicken and you are good to go! Round out the meal with a salad and maybe some rolls or serve as-is.
2. Turkey Sausage Ragu Over Creamy Polenta
If you are looking for something a little different, or perhaps a gluten-free meal, look no further. This turkey sausage Ragu over creamy polenta recipe will help to shake up your weeknight meal routine. Plus, it is made up of several items you probably have in your pantry such as marinara sauce and polenta. If you don’t usually keep polenta in stock, it is rather inexpensive to buy. If the fresh herbs that this recipe calls for are too expensive this week, it is totally ok to substitute dried or freeze dried herbs in for the fresh stuff. Also, we like to add frozen spinach that has been thawed and drained to this recipe alongside the marinara sauce—it adds a nice and inexpensive nutritional punch.
3. Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce
This pork tenderloin with mushroom sauce recipe is so decadent that you’d never figure that it only costs $2.45 per serving. You’ll save even more if you find the tenderloin or mushrooms on sale. Plus, you probably have many of the other recipe ingredients on hand such as salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar, chicken broth, and perhaps even crème fraiche or sour cream. We recommend serving this dish with a side of grits or rice to help soak up the yummy mushroom sauce.
4. Stir-Fried Chinese Egg Noodles
Save yourself money and nutrition by making your own versions of take out food you love. For instance, instead of ordering in Chinese food, try making this Stir-Fried Chinese Egg Noodles recipe instead. It can technically be made with any long noodle such as rice sticks or linguine—although Chinese egg noodles cannot truly ever be replaced due to their texture and flavor. We’d suggest that if you limit omit the chili paste to cut down on the heat in the dish, to add a little bit of fresh or ground ginger. Also, sesame seeds always make a great addition to any stir fry.