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Make These 86 Amazing Meals For $5 or Less

Jan 22 2017 - 3:35pm

Cooking at home is great for your wallet and — for the most part — better for your health. Instead of making the same recipes over and over again, challenge yourself by trying out some of the best budget-friendly recipes we found on the web. At $5 or less per serving, you definitely won't be breaking the bank with these homemade meals.

Kimchi Fried Rice

The Kimchi fried rice [3] is definitely not for the weak, but is for those who dare to love the strong, spicy flavor of Korea's iconic pickled veggies.

Photo: Sara Yoo

Italian Mac and Cheese

This Italian mac and cheese [4] has a unique spin in that it's a hybrid of two popular dishes — pasta carbonara and mac and cheese. You won't believe how well the cheesy carbonara sauce goes with elbow pasta!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Barbecued Black-Eyed Peas

The barbecued black-eyed peas [5] is a smokin' hot dish will be a favorite because of its great taste and cost.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spaghetti With Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chili Flakes

This simple spaghetti dish [6] has only six ingredients but will have you coming back for more. 

Photo: Camilla Salem

Pasta Carbonara

Settle down with a plate of pasta carbonara [7], and you will feel so content.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Roasted Shrimp Over Spaghetti Squash

Pasta without the carb overload? Sign me up! This shrimp and spaghetti squash [8] seems too good to be true.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Corn and Black Bean Chili

Chili is always a favorite option of the thrifty, and we do like the corn and black bean [9] addition.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [10]

Spicy Sloppy Joes

The spicy sloppy joe [11]is a great twist on a popular, budget-friendly burger.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Warm Tofu With Spicy Garlic Sauce

Yet another simple meal, the warm tofu with spicy garlic sauce [12] would make a great main dish for a weeknight dinner.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Baked Eggs in Ham Cups

This high-protein dish of baked eggs in ham cups [13] will have you salivating.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Red Lentil Tomato Soup

Get your dose of protein and fiber with this healthy lentil tomato soup [14].

Photo: Jaime Young

Meatloaf Muffins With Spinach and Pine Nuts

Don't have a sweet tooth? These meatloaf muffins [15] will definitely be a hit. Instead of icing, you'll top off this baked concoction with mashed potato.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [16]

Black Bean Salad

Add some crunch to your day with this black bean salad [17].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

An upgrade on the American classic, this bacon-wrapped hot dog [18]will leave you wanting more. 

Photo: Camilla Salem

Asian Salmon Slaw

Pair one of the healthiest seafood around with veggies, and you'll have a great-tasting and fortifying Asian salmon slaw [19].

Source: POPSUGAR user eatspinrunrepeat [20]

Panko-Crusted Fish Over Kale

This delicious meal of panko-crusted fish over kale [21] is the perfect post-workout meal, according to POPSUGAR Fitness.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Butternut Squash Lasagna

This butternut squash lasagna [22] definitely looks like a crowd-pleaser.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [23]

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This grilled eggplant parmesan [24] makes the perfect Summer meal.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [25]

Vegetable Polenta Casserole

Vegetarians would love this vegetable polenta casserole [26] recipe.

Source: Budget Bytes [27]

Sesame Beef Stir-Fry

Throw together this beef stir-fry [28] that's a great choice for a quick weeknight dinner.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [29]

Eggs Baked in Avocado

A perfect and guilt-free breakfast option: baked eggs in avocado [30].

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

One-Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

This beef and mushroom stroganoff [31] is miles better than any stroganoff you buy in a box.

Source: Budget Bytes [32]

Garlic Anchovy Pasta With Kale

Kale and anchovy paste are what makes this pasta [33] full of flavor.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [34]

Tuna Cakes

Turn eating fish into a treat by making these healthy tuna cakes [35].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [36]

Cumin and Honey Baked Tofu

A bowl of cumin and honey baked tofu [37] is perfect for those who love the taste of savory and sweet.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Lyonnaise Salad

There's no better duo than eggs and bacon. Top them on some greens to create the lyonnaise salad [38], and you'll have the recipe for success.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Lemon and Sage Veggie Pasta

This lemon and sage pasta [39] comes together in 30 minutes and is chock-full of vegetables to boot.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [40]

Healthy Chicken Tenders

Who says chicken tenders [41]can't be healthy?

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [42]

Tangy Asian Meatballs

Add some tart to your meal with these Asian meatballs [43] glazed with a tangy sauce.

Source: All You [44]

Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Spring has sprung, which means it's the perfect time to whip up a bowl of vegetable quinoa pilaf [45].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [46]

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Curry

This meal of chicken and broccoli curry [47] will cost less than $1 per serving but fulfill the important food groups.

Source: All You [48]

Sesame Chicken

If you're craving Chinese, this sesame chicken [49] dish is the perfect option.

Source: Budget Bytes [50]

Curried Chickpeas With Spinach

Curried chickpeas with spinach [51] is a simple dish, but is delicious and nutritious.

Source: Budget Bytes [52]

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons

What an upgrade! You'll never create a mess with this genius idea of tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons [53].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Yogurt Alfredo

We do love the clever idea of substituting yogurt for mayo! Here's another clever recipe — yogurt alfredo [54].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [55]

Quinoa Tabbouleh

The quinoa tabbouleh [56] is quick, easy, and flavorful. It also tastes great when served either hot or cold. 

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches

This classic snack has a few bites of apple in it to make it a more nutritious meal. Find out how to make a grilled cheese and apple sandwich here [57].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [58]

Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

These turkey sriracha meatballs [59] are a win for sriracha-lovers.

Source: Budget Bytes [60]

Skinny Orange Chicken

Turn the indulgent dish of orange chicken [61]into something light but just as delicious.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [62]

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Yum! Fill your belly with these delicious and healthy Paleo stuffed peppers. [63]

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak

One of the cheapest cuts, this pepper-crusted flank steak [64]will suit your red-meat craving and your budget.

Source: All You [65]

Chicken Cacciatore

This crockpot chicken pasta [66]is a healthy and easy choice for dinner.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [67]

Light Summer Chicken Salad

Here's a chicken salad [68] without the guilt. This great recipe uses yogurt instead of mayo!

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [69]

Simple Bean Burger

This really easy bean burger [70] will make the perfect meatless Monday meal.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Spicy Garlic Kale With Poached Eggs

Throw this simple but satisfying meal of spicy garlic kale and poached eggs [71] together, and your wallet will thank you!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Wendy's-Style Chili

A much healthier version [72] of Wendy's chili.

Source: Mama Loves Food [73]

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Give regular pasta a south-of-the-border twist by adding black beans and corn to make this delicious Mexican chicken spaghetti [74].

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [75]

Tofu Chili With Black Beans

Who knew meatless chili could taste so good? Check out the awesome recipe to this spicy tofu black bean chili [76].

Photo: Michele Foley

Greek Marinated Chicken

This Greek marinated chicken [77] uses yogurt in its extremely flavorful recipe.

Source: Budget Bytes [78]

Dragon Noodles

Spicy and oh so delicious, these dragon noodles [79]will fulfill every craving you have.

Source: Budget Bytes [80]

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

This simple vegetarian meal of black bean and avocado enchiladas [81]is satisfying both taste- and budget-wise. Source: Budget Bytes [82]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables

Save money and make your own peanut butter and jelly uncrustables [83].

Source: Living Well Spending Less [84]

Tuna Salad Pitas

This tuna salad pita [85] dish comes without the usual heavy mayo, but with a lot of flavor. 

Photo: Michele Bell

Crockpot Pork in Blackberry BBQ Sauce

The secret ingredient in this wonderful BBQ recipe [86] is blackberry jam.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [87]

Avocado Toast

Simple but satisfying. POPSUGAR Food shares how to make the perfect avocado toast [88].

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

Artichoke Chicken Skillet

The zesty artichoke chicken skillet [89] is perfect for those who like the taste of lemon with their poultry. Source: Budget Bytes [90]

Chinese Chicken Tacos

Add new twist on taco Tuesday with the Chinese chicken taco [91].

Source: Family Fresh Meals [92]

Black Bean Quesadillas

This hearty black bean quesadilla [93] is easy to make and filling.

Source: Budget Bytes [94]

Cheesy Tortellini

Easy to make and delicious to eat. Check out the cheesy tortellini [95]recipe.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [96]

Vegetarian Cuban Rice and Beans

This healthy vegetarian Cuban rice and beans [97] dish will satisfy your rice and beans craving without the calories and the salt.

Source: POPSUGAR user Dara8182 [98]

White Spinach Pizza

This simple white spinach pizza [99]will have you clamoring back for seconds.

 Source: Budget Bytes [100]

Veggie and Potato Frittata

Time to chop up those Spring veggies and treat yourself with this veggie and potato frittata [101].

Source: POPSUGAR user birdsflyinghigh [102]

Oven Fajitas

This vegetable-heavy oven fajitas [103] recipe will keep costs down and up your fiber intake.

Source: Budget Bytes [104]

Spiced Carrot Soup With Roasted Chickpeas and Tahini

This Middle Eastern-inspired spiced carrot soup [105]has a creamy flavor although it doesn't require any cream.

Photo: Nicole Perry

No-Frills Chili

This pot of chili [106] will surely add some kick to your day. Source: Budget Bytes [107]

Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

If you can't get enough of stuffed peppers, you should really try this Mexican-style version [108].

Source: Mama Loves Food [109]

Taco Chicken Bowls

Skip Chipotle and make your own taco chicken bowls [110].

Source: Budget Bytes [111]

Baked Ravioli With Tex Mex

This baked ravioli [112]dish with its tangy salsa sauce has a tex-mex flair to it that makes it irresistible.

 Source: The Dinner-Mom [113]

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup [114]is always a budget-friendly meal option. 

Source: Mama Loves Food [115]

Baked Ziti With Three Cheeses

This ooey-gooey baked ziti [116]goodness is made in a crockpot — no baking required!

Source: The Dinner-Mom [117]

Baked Tilapia With Tomatoes

Tilipia is a budget-conscious cook's best friend, so we're totally digging this healthy baked tilapia with tomatoes [118] recipe. Source: Budget Bytes [119]

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

For die-hard sriracha-lovers, the pairings in this honey sriracha chicken thighs [120] recipe seems like a match made in hot-sauce heaven.

Source: Budget Bytes [121]

Creamy Pesto Pasta With Chicken and Broccoli

This delicious creamy pesto pasta [122] recipe enlists the help of cream cheese.

Source: Budget Bytes [123]

Creamy Tomato-Spinach Pasta

Need your fill of rich pasta? Try making this creamy tomato-spinach pasta [124]dish.

Source: Budget Bytes [125]

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Boring would never be a word to describe these green chile turkey burgers [126]!

Source: Budget Bytes [127]

Chicken Marbella

Brown sugar and dried plums are what makes the chicken Marbella [128] a standout dish.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [129]

Sloppy Joe Nachos With Doritos

OK, so maybe this isn't exactly the healthiest meal. But sloppy joe nachos with Doritos [130]might be a good special-occasion dish!

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [131]

Black Bean Soup

This nutritious and frugal black bean soup [132] will come together with ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

Photo: Michele Bell

Stuffed-Pepper Soup

This crockpot stuffed-pepper soup [133] is like basically a deconstructed stuffed pepper, deliciously swimming in tomato soup.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [134]

Breakfast-Stuffed Peppers

A twist on our favorite high-protein dish — the breakfast-stuffed peppers [135] with eggs and sausage!

Source: Mama Loves Food [136]

Spinach Quinoa Scramble

This filling breakfast of spinach quinoa scramble [137] will start your day off right. Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Crockpot Fajitas With Chicken and Quinoa

Quick and easy, this crockpot fajitas [138] dish is tasty and satisfying.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [139]

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

Just the photo of this roasted garlic and parmesan pasta [140] has our mouths watering.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Pasta

This spicy shrimp and tomato pasta [141] is another great choice if you're jonesing for something that will raise temperatures.

Source: Budget Bytes [142]

Chicken Penne Alfredo

This great chicken penne alfredo [143] is gluten-free.

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [144]

Corn and Potato Chowder

Delicious and easy on the budget — we love this corn and potato chowder [145].

Source: Mama Loves Food [146]

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