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18 Meals That Are Both Cheap And Delicious

Because you don't need to go bankrupt to eat well.

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1. Crustless Quiche

Heidi's Bridge / bonappetit.com

It's basically a frittata, but creamier and better. All you'll need are eggs, milk, and cream for the base. The rest is very customizable, so you can use whatever meat and veggies are left in your fridge.

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2. 5-Ingredient Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

gimmesomeoven.com

Vegetarian, budget-friendly, and super filling.

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3. Pasta e Ceci

Deb Perelman / smittenkitchen.com

This recipe is so amazingly easy yet flavorful, it's one of my all time faves. And all you need are chickpeas, pasta, tomato paste, and a few aromatics like garlic and rosemary.

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4. Quinoa, Avocado, and Tomato Bowl

Taylor Miller / buzzfeed.com

This is technically a "breakfast bowl" but I don't believe in such distinctions when it comes to a great egg dish.

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5. 5-Ingredient Coconut Curry

pinchofyum.com

All you'll need is coconut milk + red curry paste + broccoli + chickpeas + cornstarch. Serve with rice and enjoy!

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6. Roasted Squash, Corn, and Black Bean Enchiladas

Joe Lingeman / thekitchn.com

This is made from inexpensive kitchen staples, like canned black beans and frozen corn, and the sauce calls for spices you probably already have at home. Besides, enchiladas are the MVP of weeknight family dinners, and if you disagree with this, I don't even wanna hear about it.

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7. Risi e Bisi

Alpha Smoot / food52.com

A great risotto is always impressive and delicious but it doesn't require a ton of ingredients. In this case, peas, pancetta (which you could replace with bacon, or leave out altogether to save some $$), and parmesan give the risotto its flavor.

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8. Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

pinchofyum.com

Sure, meat is often the priciest part of a meal, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, ground meat is the way to go. And on top of being cheap, this meal is also protein-packed, easy to make, and ready in under an hour.

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9. Sesame Noodles

twopeasandtheirpod.com

The recipe calls for udon noodles but that sesame noodle sauce is also a great way to transform boring packaged ramen noodles into a restaurant-quality meal.

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10. Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

budgetbytes.com

Who said you couldn't meal prep your dinners in advance too?

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11. Whole Wheat Pasta With Lemon Kale Chicken

Taylor Miller / buzzfeed.com

You can use rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breasts if that's a cheaper option at your grocery store.

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12. Sausage and Potato Roast With Arugula

Deb Perelman / smittenkitchen.com

At first, I wasn't sold on the fresh arugula mixed with cooked potatoes and sausage. But then, I tried the recipe and it's become one of my favorite weeknight meals.

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13. Smoky Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

budgetbytes.com

If you're looking for more greens, you can always add some arugula to the mix.

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14. Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner

Andrea Monzo / thekitchn.com

This pasta has it all, and by all I mean butter, mushrooms, garlic, and cheese.

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15. Moroccan Lentil-Stuffed Eggplant

minimalistbaker.com

Vegan and super satisfying.

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16. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

cookingclassy.com

All the tasty flavors of cabbage rolls without all the work.

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17. Spaghetti Squash Boats With Spicy Sausage

eatyourselfskinny.com

If you want to make it even cheaper, you can ditch the meat and replace it with black beans or another plant protein.

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18. Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs over Rice)

James Ransom / food52.com

Eggs are not only a breakfast thing. In fact, they may be the best trick to achieving a cheap yet filling dinner.

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