10 Great Casseroles on a Budget

Apple Carrot Casserole
Apples and carrots make the healthy, inexpensive base for this sweet casserole.
Apples and carrots make the healthy, inexpensive base for this sweet casserole.
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Yield: 6 servings

Saving money doesn't mean skipping dessert -- although this sweet casserole could work as a side dish, too. A large bag of carrots will provide low-cost, versatile beta-carotene for many meals to come, and if you make this in the fall you'll be able to get the apples on the extra-cheap.

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  • 6 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 large apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook carrots in boiling water in large saucepan 5 minutes; drain. Layer carrots and apples in large casserole.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar and nutmeg in small bowl; sprinkle over top. Dot with butter; pour orange juice over flour mixture. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Bake 30 minutes or until carrots are tender.

(For nutritional information, see TLC Cooking.)

You'd be amazed how much a casserole can switch up the taste of a single ingredient, so it's a perfect dinner approach to using up a money-saving bulk purchase. Whether it's veggie or meat, main dish or side, savory or sweet, a casserole is going to stretch your food budget deliciously -- and turn your clean-up into a five-minute ordeal that leaves you lots of extra time for brainstorming new and different ways to stretch a paycheck.

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