20 cheap dinner ideas if you’re on a budget

Dinner doesn’t have to break the bank.

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their go-to cheap dinner recipes. Here’s what they said — along with a bunch of our own weeknight favorites!

budgetbytes.com

This recipe amps up whole wheat spaghetti by tossing it in a simple sauce that includes garlic + soy sauce + red pepper flakes. Recipe here.

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Loaded with inexpensive pantry staples — like canned tomatoes, beans, and lentils. To make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly, just swap the chicken stock for veggie stock. Recipe here.

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This version saves time by using frozen peas and carrots, and saves money by going meatless. Recipe here.

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Using store-bought marinara sauce means prep is a breeze. Recipe here.

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Long live the ever-affordable rotisserie chicken. Find this and six other ways to dress up the grocery store staple here.

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These are completely customizable depending on your budget — and for easier cleanup, you can line the sheet pan with foil before baking. Recipe here.

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Dressed up with a side of tartar sauce. Recipe here.

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Prep takes all of 10 minutes, and you’ll have plenty of leftovers. Recipe here.

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The pork is the priciest ingredient, but since this makes up to 8 servings, price per plate brings everything down. (You could also nix the fixings and just serve it over rice or in lettuce wraps.) Recipe here.

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This lightened up version goes easy on the cream. Recipe here.

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This version swaps pricier steak for mushrooms, and uses cashew cream to keep things vegan. (But you can use regular sour cream too.) Recipe here.

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Packed with protein, and again, totally customizable depending on budget. Recipe here.

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Perfect for winter, and only needs a handful of ingredients. Recipe here.

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This uses ground beef to keep costs down and makes enough for the whole family. Recipe here.

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This cooks itself in the slow cooker, and most of the layers — potatoes, carrots, onions — are inexpensive staples. Recipe here.

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This Middle Eastern fave combines brown rice + lentils + caramelized seasoned onions. (And fair warning that you’ll want to put the latter on just about everything.) Recipe here.

theblondcook.com

Three steps to dinner: 1) Toss chicken breasts into a slow cooker. 2) Pour your favorite salsa on top. 3) Let the meal make itself. Recipe here.

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Canned tuna is one of the cheapest proteins you can buy, and this lightened up version adds it to noodles, mushrooms, and fresh vegetables. Recipe here.

budgetbytes.com

Is there anything better than a heaping bowl of pasta? (There is not.) Recipe here.

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This recipe goes 50/50 on the chicken and vegetables, but if you need to make things even cheaper, just adjust the ratio. Recipe here.

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