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Cheap Eats Week 5: 75+ Budget-Friendly Dinner Ideas

This is the last post in the Cheap Eats series...because I keep forgetting to save my grocery receipts. And I feel like I've said what I have to say about budget shopping. :) 

If you want to read all the posts in the series, click HERE.

I hope you've been encouraged along your path to cutting your grocery bills. To go out with a bang, I thought I'd share my master recipe list, the one that hangs inside my cupboard. I still think that coming up with a weekly menu is the hardest part of all of this and hope that by sharing the meals we eat most frequently, you'll have a resource to help you answer that pesky question, "What's for dinner?"

Budget Friendly Dinner Ideas

Main Dish: Beef
Tacos (soft or crunchy)
Sloppy Joes
Navajo Tacos
Red Beef Enchiladas
Shepherd’s Pie
Taco Salad
Taco Rice
Salisbury Steak
Tater Tot Casserole
Taco Pizzas (like Taco Bell)
Crockpot Roast

Main Dish: Chicken
Italian Cream Cheese Chicken and Penne
White Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Chili Enchiladas
Chicken/Mushroom Stuffing Packets
Chicken in Potato Baskets
Parmesan Ranch Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Southwestern Egg Rolls
Pot Pie
Phad Thai/ Thai Chicken Fettuccine
Chicken Manicotti
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Fettuccine Alfredo
Asian Chicken from a Packet
Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzone
Click HERE to see my post: 30 Recipes That Use Pre-Cooked Chicken

Main Dish: Misc.
Pork Chops
Pigs In A Blanket
Chef Salad
Sausage Rice
Ham Enchiladas
Beans and Spanish Rice
Hot Dogs
Chili Dogs
Tuna Casserole
Potato Bar
Kielbasa/Polish Sausage and Rice
Tin Foil Dinners
Pizza (Chicken, Alfredo, Mexican, Pepperoni, Sloppy Joe)
French Bread Pizza
Pizza Potatoes
Spinach Bake
Twice Baked Potatoes

BBQ Sandwiches
Ham BBQ (deli ham, ketchup, butter, sweet's a slightly-strange family recipe)
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
French Bread Sandwiches (any meat, any sauce, any cheese: broiled)

Chili and Cornbread
Potato Soup
Taco Soup (chicken or ground beef)
Black Bean Soup and Tortillas
Minestrone Soup
Corn Chowder
White Chicken Chili
Zuppa Toscana
Beef Stew

Breakfast For Dinner
Biscuits and Gravy
Crepes with Fruit Filling
Stuffing Cups
French Toast or French Toast Casserole
Egg McMuffins
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  1. wonderful! Thank you so much!

    Amanda Rose

  2. I came across your blog as a result of Pinterest, and enjoyed scrolling through your various posts. I was taken by surprise when I was reading through your 75 budget friendly meals and saw "Navajo Tacos" listed. Outside of my family, I have never met anyone that knew what those were.

  3. @Melissa Overton How funny! Our families must have some similarity about them to call them the same name.

  4. @Anna Navajo tacos start with roll dough fried in hot oil (in Utah, they call them scones). Then you top them with all your favorite taco toppings: cheese, beans, taco meat, lettuce, tomato, salsa, etc.

    They are delicious! Here's a link to a recipe:

    And the best part is, if you have leftover fry bread, you can top it with honey and have it for dessert!


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