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6 Scrumptious Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas

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“There is no free lunch”- all we are known to these words. In the place of “lunch”, we can add also another word “dinner”. As we need to pay for our daily food, it may be takeaway food or homemade food; we all have to have a budget for our meal. We arrange our lunch or dinner according to our ability to afford. Today, I am going to give you the suggestions about how you can make scrumptious dinner recipes without crossing your daily budgets for dinner.


Content in this article

  1. Chili Mac & Cheese
  2. Utz Baked Fish Fillets
  3. Steam Mac and Cheese
  4. Chipotle Chicken Fajitas
  5. Totsagna Recipe
  6. Easy Cajun Jambalaya

6 Scrumptious Recipes about Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas

Usually, we all do not have the same affordability. And I am sharing my perception of cheap and easy dinner ideas for those who have limited budget for their dinner. To me, to cook my dinner within the budget does not mean that I cannot get the taste of delectable dinner. If we have ideas to cook dinner not exceeding the budget limits we can cook a delicious dinner with cheap ingredients.

Cheaper ingredients can make tasty food if we know the trick of cheap and easy dinner ideas. I am sharing few recipes with you as the recipes of cheap and easy dinner ideas that are not only can be cooked with cheaper ingredients that are also easy to cook. So, friends, let me share my views and recipes with you as you can cook mind-blowing dinner using the technique of my cheap and easy dinner ideas.


1. Chili Mac & Cheese

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Chili Mac & Cheese

I am sharing the 1st recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas for you that is not only cheaper and easy to make but it is one of the healthy recipes as well. You do not need to think about your health issues while you are trying the recipes of my cheap and easy dinner ideas.

I have used cheaper ingredients to prepare the current recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. This recipe needs only 30 minutes from you to be cooked. Guess, you are able to spend such time to have delicious and cheaper dinner at the same time following the ideas of my cheap and easy dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Canola Oil-1 Tbsp.
  • Chopped Large White Onion-1
  • Minced Cloves Garlic-3
  • Ground Beef-1 lb
  • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes-1 15 Oz Can
  • Kidney Beans-1 15 Oz Can
  • Chili Powder-1 Tbsp.
  • Cumin-1 Tablespoon
  • Cayenne pepper-1 Tsp.
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth-3c.
  • Pasta such as orecchiette or shells-12 Oz
  • Shredded Chadder-2C
  • Chopped Fresh Chives

Preparation:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onion and cook until it is tendered.
  3. Add garlic and cook until it releases the fragrance.
  4. Add beef and cook for 5/6 minutes. It will be pink. Drain the fat.
  5. Now mix diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, chicken broth, and pasta.
  6. Bring to simmer. Cook for 14-15 minutes.
  7. Remove the pot from heat and mix cheddar until just melted.
  8. Your dinner is cooked. Decorate the dish with chives.

See, we have spent only 30 minutes to cook the delicious recipe. I am sure you will love the recipe and will try it next whenever you will need such tasty dinner within a short time. As the ingredients are cheap you do not need to think about your budget to cook the recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. The recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas give you the ideas of tasteful dinner recipes within your daily budgets.


2. Utz Baked Fish Fillets

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Utz Baked Fish Fillets

Utz Baked Fish Fillets is the 2nd recipe that I have chosen as one the recipes of cheap and easy dinner ideas. The cooking time including preparation time of the recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas is only 35 minutes. You will need very few ingredients to cook the recipe. As you are following my cheap and easy dinner ideas you can cook healthy food comfortably. So, don’t worry. Just follow the instructions my cheap and easy dinner ideas for cooking the recipe that I am sharing below.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking Spray
  • Sour Cream-1/4c
  • Finely Chopped Fresh Flat- leaf parsley-2 Tbsp.
  • Finely Chopped Garlic Clove-1
  • Lemon Zest-1 Tbsp.
  • Halibut Fillets-6 (6Oz)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Finely Crushed Utz Potato Chips-1c
  • Lemon Wedges

Preparation:

  1. Preheat Oven 425 degrees F.
  2. In a rimmed baking sheet set a wire rack.
  3. Grease the rack lightly.
  4. In a bowl mix sour cream, parsley, garlic and lemon zest.
  5. Add salt and pepper on both sides of the fish for seasoning.
  6. Place the fish on the rack.
  7. Add sour cream mixture on top of the fish, diving evenly.
  8. Top with chips, dividing evenly, pressing lightly to adhere.
  9. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until chips are golden brown and fish flakes easily with fork.
  10. Garnish the food with parsley.
  11. Your dinner is ready to taste. Serve the food with lemon wedges.

I am sure that, you will find something special in this recipe while you are taking the taste. You will also start to think that you can cook such mouth watering dinner recipe with my cheaper ingredients and less efforts. You can cook such recipes when you are following the strategies of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. So, always try to follow the instructions properly of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. So let us try the current recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas as per the instructions.


3. Steam Mac and Cheese

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Steam Mac and Cheese

The recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas is prepared with Steam Beer, Havarti Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and other cheaper ingredients. Cooking time of the food including preparation time is 45 minutes. You do not need to arrange expensive food ingredients for the preparation of the recipe as you are getting the ideas of cheap and easy dinner ideas to cook food with cheaper ingredients. I am sharing the ingredients and cooking recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Package Short Pasta-1 (16-oz)
  • Unsalted Butter-1/4c. (1/2 Stick)
  • Chopped Shallot-1
  • Chopped Garlic Clove-1
  • All purpose Flour
  • Cayenne Pepoper-1/4 Tsp
  • Steam Beer-1c
  • Half and-half-2c
  • Dijon Mustard-2Tsp
  • Havarti Cheese, grated(about 2 cups)8 oz
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (About 2 cuos) divided-8 oz.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cook pasta as per the direction of the package. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Mix Shallot and garlic and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. The mixture will be golden.
  5. Whisk flour and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Whisk beer gradually and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Mix and whisk in half-and-half and mustard.
  8. Cook and bring to boil for 1 to 2 minutes. It will be thickened.
  9. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Mix Havarti and 1 cup of Cheddar and whisk until it is smooth.
  12. Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
  13. Fold in pasta.
  14. Place the mixture into a 3-quart baking dish.
  15. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar,
  16. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or wait until golden.
  17. Let stand for 5 minutes for serving

Is not the recipe different from any other recipes of pasta? Is it difficult to cook? I am sure your answer will be no. so do not make late to try the shared recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. You will find the different taste of pasta and cheese following my cheap and easy dinner ideas. So I can say that my cheap and easy dinner ideas make your dinner time amazing and enjoyable.


4. Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

We are now trying with chicken to make our dinner recipe of cheap and easy dinner ideas. The recipe is one of the easy recipes. It does not exceed our budget as we are following cheap and easy dinner ideas. I have designed the recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas keeping the time saving issues of my readers. So this recipe of cheap and easy dinner ideas is not only cheap and easy to make but it also saves your time. Readers please follow the instructions and cooking recipe of the chicken recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas and try the dish for your next dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into thin strips)-1 lb
  • Ground Cumin-1 Tsp
  • Chili Powder-1tsp
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Canola Oil-1 Tbsp
  • Red Bell Pepper-Sliced-1
  • Sliced Small Onion-1
  • Sliced Mushrooms-1c.
  • Chopped garlic Cloves-3
  • Chopped Chipotles in Abodo-1Tbsp
  • Fresh Lime Juice-1 ½ Tbsp
  • Warm Flour Tortilas-8
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges

Last three ingredients are used for serving

Preparation:

  1. Add cumin, chili, salt and pepper with the chicken for the seasoning.
  2. Heat oil in a 12 inch cast-iron skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes as it is cooked through. Stir it occasionally.
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  5. Add pepper, onion, mushroom, and garlic into the same skillet. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Mix chipotles, lime juice, and chicken. Cook stirring until warm.
  7. Add season and pepper for seasoning.
  8. Your food is ready to be tasted.

Serve chicken and vegetables with tortillas and toppings.The recipe is really delicious and easier to prepare. You have noticed that the steps of the preparation are really easy to follow. So, if you want to get taste of chicken in different way you can try it following my cheap and easy dinner ideas. As long as you are following my cheap and easy dinner ideas you do not need to think about your budget and time because I have designed all the recipes of my cheap and easy dinner ideas concentrating on your budget and time.


5. Totsagna Recipe

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Totsagna Recipe

I have chosen Totsagna recipe as one of the recipes of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. Like other recipes of my cheap and easy dinner ideas, you will need very few ingredients to try the recipe. I can assure you will cook a marvelous dinner with these cheaper and fewer ingredients as I am with you with my cheap and easy dinner ideas. You just need to follow the instructions that I am sharing with you to cook this recipe of cheap and easy dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef or Ground Turkey-1 lb
  • Garlic Powder-1 Tsp
  • Marinara Sauce-1 Jar(24oz)
  • Water-1c
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese-2c. Divided
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan-1/2c. divided
  • Low Fat Ricotta-1 Container (15oz)
  • Beaten Egg-1
  • Frozen Tater Tots-1 bag

Preparation:

  1. Heat the oven to 360 degrees F
  2. Brown the ground beef on a skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Mix garlic powder in to the skillet.
  4. With a wooden spoon or spatula break up the meats into small pieces.
  5. Once the meat is browned remove it from the skillet and drain any excess grease. Then return to the skillet.
  6. Mix the marinara sauce, then the water to the skillet to thin out the sauce.
  7. Whisk the sauce until it is combined.
  8. Turn off the burner.
  9. Mix 1 cup mozzarella, ¼ cup grated parmesan, all of the ricotta and the egg in a large bowl.
  10. Pour meat sauce to coat lightly the bottom of a 13’’x9’’ pan.
  11. Top with a layer of tater tots.
  12. Mix the ricotta mixture and a layer of meat sauce.
  13. Cover with another layer of tots.
  14. Mix more meat sauce.
  15. Add remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  16. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the cheese is melted and tots are lightly browned.

The total time you have to spend for this recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas is only 1 hour. I think it is not a big deal to spend such time for getting a special dinner. So, I am suggesting you to try the recipe following the cheap and easy dinner ideas to give the taste of restaurant dinner to your own.


6. Easy Cajun Jambalaya

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Easy Cajun Jambalaya

I have chosen Easy Cajun Jambalaya as the last recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. Like other recipes of my cheap and easy dinner ideas I am going to share the ingredients and cooking process of the recipe. It is as easier as my other easy recipes. You need 40 minutes to cook the recipe of my cheap and easy dinner ideas. Please follow the below instructions and cook the mouthwatering recipe for your next dinner time. You will find how you can make such delicious dinner following my cheap and easy dinner ideas.

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil-1 Tbsp
  • Finely Chopped Onion-1
  • Chopped Bell peppers-2
  • Cubed-Boneless, skinless Chicken Breast-1 lb
  • Oregano-1Tsp
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Sliced Andouille Sausage-6 oz.
  • Minced Garlic Cloves-2
  • Tomato Paste-2 Tbsp
  • Low Sodium Chicken Stock-2c.
  • Crushed Tomatoes-1 Can (15oz)
  • Long Grain Rice-1c
  • Old Bay Seasoning-1 Tsp
  • Peeled and deveined Shrimp-1lb
  • Thinly Sliced Green Onions-2

Preparation:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  2. Mix onion and bell peppers and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes to be almost tendered.
  4. Mix chicken. Season with salt, pepper and oregano.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden.
  6. Add andouille sausage, garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minutes more. A fragrance will release.
  7. Mix chicken broth, crushed tomatoes,rice, Old Bay Seasoning.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium low.
  9. Cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook 20 minutes or wait until the rice is tender and the juice is almost absorbed.
  10. Mix the shrimp to the pot and cook for 3to 5 minutes or wait until it is pink and cooked through.

The dish is ready to be served. You only need to add green onions just before the serving.


I am sure you have decided to get the taste of the recipe as it much easier than you thought. So do not late. Just follow the instructions of the cheap and easy dinner ideas and cook the lovable food. I can perceive that you will give me thanks as I have given you the ideas to cook such recipe from my cheap and easy dinner ideas.

Readers, it’s the time to say you goodbye for now keeping a hope in mind that my ideas of cheap and easy dinner ideas will give you the lesson how to cook tasty and delicious dinner recipes within your budget. My cheap and easy dinner ideas won’t let you exceed your daily or monthly budget for dinner. At the same time, the ideas of my cheap and easy dinner ideas are giving you the ideas of healthy recipes. As the recipes are not out of our affordability and giving you new tastes of food with our known ingredients. I am sure you will not miss the chance to try the recipes following my cheap and easy dinner ideas.



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