Fast and easy dinners  are really helpful when it comes to enjoying home-cooked meals after full workdays, but for some of us, having inexpensive meal ideas (or one that uses up pantry ingredients or leftovers) is even better. Here are five meals that will give you the best of both worlds: they come together quickly and easily, and the ingredients are either very affordable or pantry staples.
Chicken Breast Stuffed With Goat Cheese and Basil
Chicken breast with the bone in and skin on is significantly cheaper than its boneless, skinless alternative. This dish  makes use of the skin as it holds in flavorful goat cheese and basil.
Make the most out of your leftovers and use them in a batch of empanadas.  This dish is really easy to make and, served with a side salad, is a cost-efficient meal.
Easy French Onion Soup
It may seem like an indulgence, but the truth is the ingredients list for this French onion soup  recipe is short and affordable. A small splurge on a bit of Gruyère (or whatever you have leftover in your refrigerator) is countered by the fact that the other ingredients are pantry staples.
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino
This flavorful traditional Italian pasta  comes together in a matter of minutes, and no trip to the grocery store is necessary!
Meat can be quite an expense. Take it out of the question with simple veggie quesadillas.  You can even use up whatever vegetables you have in your crisper drawer.