Budget Meals

Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.


Salads have come a long way from simple greens and dressing. We've got 5 recipes that definitely aren't your grandmother's salads.

Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for.

Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you.

If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts.

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills.

Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much.

Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course!

Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor?

Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals?

Whole lobsters for four might be a splurge. But lobster mac and cheese? That's more reasonable. What simple tricks can keep your homemade meals under $25 without sacrificing the tastiest ingredients?

Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost!

Times are tough, but the party must go on. These ideas for economical party fare let the good times roll without sinking your budget.

You love to entertain, but who has time for all that cooking, decorating and cleaning? Luckily, you can solve all those problems with one word: potluck.

You don't have to spend a fortune on your groceries. We'll show you how.

With rising food prices, pasta is a great foundation for feeding your family on the cheap. Check out our suggestions for a variety of satisfying, economical pasta meals.

Do you have a bushel of banana peppers from your garden, and nothing to do with them? Never fear. We have ways to use them all.

You're not restricted to tasteless, lackluster foods just because you're on a budget. Here are five delicious and frugal meals that won't break the bank.

Finding cheap family dinners that won't bore your brood might seem daunting. But we've cooked up five winners for you.

If gourmet meals seem out of reach because of your budget, it's time to change the way you think about high-end food. Savvy chefs know that frugal gourmet cuisine lies in fresh ingredients and a sense of creativity in the kitchen.

Feeding a large family on a budget? We've got some surprising options, ranging from jambalaya to pulled pork.

Your body won't be the only thing getting healthier if you eat vegetarian meals more often -- your bank account could also reap the benefits.

Hosting a holiday gathering is never a snap, so why make it harder on yourself by cooking dishes with expensive ingredients? Here are five holiday meals you should steer clear of if you don't want to spend a fortune.

Do you think eating healthy is expensive? It certainly doesn't have to be.

Picking the high-fiber apple over the high-sugar cookie isn't always about self-discipline. It can also be a financial consideration: In most cases, the apple costs more. How can you get more fiber for less?

Today's leftover corn on the cob is ideal for tomorrow's supper. Here are five recipes to prove it.

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