23 Budget-Friendly Recipes For Tough Times

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We all go through tough times in life. In many cases, we often cut down on food or go for cheaper meals, but we do not have to compromise on taste and health.

Here is a list of 24 budget-friendly and healthy recipes you can make at home without draining your wallet. 

Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix 

Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix
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Andrea from Saving Lifestyle says, “Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix – less expensive than purchasing a packet of McCormick’s or a Manwich can, but you are leaving out all the additives and preservatives, and you have control over the sodium.”

Split Beans Soup 

Split Pea Soup
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Tiffany McCauley from The Gracious Pantry says that it is a go-to soup recipe for a busy, cold, and blustery weeknight. This easy split pea soup recipe is delicious and cheap to make.

Southern Butter Beans

Southern Butter Beans
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Beth Mueller from Pear Tree Kitchen says, “Southern Butter Beans – Butter Beans are a classic Southern comfort food featuring creamy, slow-cooked beans. This simple, hearty recipe is perfect for creating a satisfying meal without breaking the budget.”

Roasted Tomato And Garlic Soup

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup
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Deepti Singhal from Veg Buffet says, “This Homemade Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup is a warm and light soup that is packed with flavor and nutrition. This comforting soup is made with roasted tomatoes and garlic and is slowly cooked using olive oil, this comforting soup gathers in just 30 minutes. Team it with garlic bread for a quick meal on a lazy weekend.”

Channa Masala Recipe

Easy Chana Masala recipe
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Rebecca Pytell from Strength and Sunshine says, “This Easy Chana Masala recipe is so simple and quick to make! Naturally vegan and gluten-free, made with chickpeas, tomatoes, and tons of aromatic and authentic Indian spices, this one-pot meal is perfect for dinner or lunch! It’s great for meal-prepping and makes delicious leftovers.”

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Soup
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Milisa Armstrong from Miss in the Kitchen says, “Hamburger Vegetable Soup is a hearty and delicious meal that makes it easy to stretch the grocery budget. Made with lean ground beef and loaded with filling vegetables, this is a dinner that everyone will love.”

Instant Pot Sopa De Fideo

Instant Pot Sopa De Fideo
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Ivan Mills from Huckle Berry Life says, “This Instant Pot Sopa de Fideo recipe has simple ingredients, is budget-friendly, and is flavorful. Hearty, economical, and comforting, this recipe has the power to become a staple meal to help stretch your grocery budget.”

Black Bean Curry

Baked Bean Curry
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Summer Yule from Summer Yule Nutrition and Recipes says, “Black bean curry is an easy and inexpensive meal that uses canned beans. You’ll love this hearty vegetarian dish.”

Baked Bean Chilli

Baked Bean Chilli
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Donna Dundas from Midweek Meals and More by Donna Dundas says, “Baked Bean Chilli. A budget-friendly twist on a family favorite recipe, this baked bean chili is tasty, cheap, super easy to make, and always a hit with the kids.”

Vegetable Quesadilla

Vegetable Quesadilla
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Geetha Priyanka from Flavours Treat says, “Vegetable Quesadilla – flavourful dish loaded with vegetables and cheese. This is a cost-effective dish as it can be made with basic pantry staples and any vegetables that you have on hand or on offer in the supermarket.”

Navy Bean Vegetable Soup

Navy Bean Vegetable Soup
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Rachel Lessenden from Health My Lifestyle says, “Navy Bean Vegetable Soup – This Navy bean vegetable soup is a cozy and comforting dish. It’s extra hearty, made with pantry staples like dried beans, spices, and canned tomatoes for an affordable batch-cooked meal that can last all week long.”

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Ground Beef Stroganoff
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Maike Corbett from Cheerful Cook says, “Our Ground Beef Stroganoff is an easy and delicious dinner that is budget-friendly, doesn’t require much time or effort, and doesn’t skimp on flavor.”

Austrian Potato Salad

Austrian Potato Salad
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Heidrun Kubart from Plant Based Redhead says, “Austrian Potato Salad: A creamy, flavorful, and hearty Austrian Potato Salad that you would also crave if your pockets were full of gold.”

Easy 1-Pot Vegan Lentil Veggie Soup

Easy 1-Pot Vegan Lentil Veggie Soup
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Connie Edwards McGaughy from The Carrot Underground says, “Easy 1-Pot Vegan Lentil Veggie Soup. A simply delicious & satisfying one-pot soup made of lentils, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery simmered in vegetable broth. This healthy vegan recipe is high in nutrition, low in calories, easy to prepare, budget-friendly & very versatile. It is also Oil-free and gluten-free.”

Easy Vegetarian Borscht Soup

Easy Vegetarian Borscht Soup
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Elena from Happy Kitchen. Rocks says, “This easy one-pot vegetarian borscht recipe only takes 30 minutes to make! Delicious and wholesome winter beet soup full of nutrients makes for an easy lunch or weekday dinner.”

Tahini Pasta 

Tahini Pasta
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Jennifer Bell from Sweet Alternative says, “This creamy pasta is smothered in a luscious tahini sauce. It’s easy to make, nutritious, and budget-friendly.”

Meatless Meatloaf

Meatless Meatloaf
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Jennifer Bell from Sweet Alternative says, “You won’t miss the meat with this juicy, flavor-loaded, meatless meatloaf. It’s easy to make, filling, and budget-friendly.”

Easy Buttered Noodles Recipe

Easy Buttered Noodles Recipe
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Kim Ritter from Two Kids And A Coupon says, “Easy to make and easy on your budget, buttered noodles can help stretch your menu and your budget. Here is how to make them.”

Cottage Cheese Mac And Cheese 

Cottage Cheese Mac and Cheese
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Alex Evink from Moderately Messy RD says, “A traditional comfort food with a healthier twist: this cottage cheese Mac and cheese can feed the whole family (toddler approved) with just a few ingredients. It utilizes frozen veggies and cottage cheese in the sauce, making it a quick, well-balanced meal high in protein and packed with veggies!”

10-Minute Spicy Ramen Noodles 

10- Minute Spicy Ramen Noodles
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Toni Dash from  Boulder Locavore says, “This recipe has the perfect combination of great taste and convenience. It is so quick and easy to make and really budget-friendly.”

Salsa Verde (Green) Chicken Enchiladas

salsa verde (green) chicken enchiladas
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Meeta Arora from Grain Free Table says, “These salsa verde (green) chicken enchiladas are the easiest way to get a burst of delicious flavor in no time for dinner any night of the week!”

Gluten-Free Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

Gluten-Free Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
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Meeta Arora from Grain Free Table says, “This southern chicken tetrazzini casserole is the ultimate chicken spaghetti, a mixture of chicken and pasta in a creamy, cheesy sauce; it’s the ultimate comfort food.”

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

Slow cooker navy bean soup
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Louisa Clements from Living Lou says, “Slow cooker navy bean soup is a hearty, vegetarian crockpot soup made with budget-friendly pantry staples like dried navy beans, carrots, celery, and fennel.”