35 Cheap And Easy Dinner Recipes

You’re a college student, or trying to start a diet, or simply want to spend less money on food, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live on instant ramen cups, you can cook delicious and healthy meals, and still enjoy the taste, whilst keeping some money in your bank account.


Want to see how, scroll down to see some of the cheapest and easiest dinner recipes, which can double as lunch recipes as well, that you can cook in practically no time.


Oh and grab a snack, especially if you’re reading this at night, I guarantee you you’ll thank me later.





Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies

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Let’s start off with an easy one. Taking less than 15 minutes, this one will be a favorite, and you’ll be cooking it every week.


Simply chop the chicken and vegetables, lay the in a pan, drizzle some olive oil, then season it all, before sticking the pan in the oven for a few minutes.


Told you it was easy.


Full recipe here.




One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken & Rice

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Trust me when I say, that you will only need a single pot, or frying pan, to cook this masterpiece. Also, it doesn’t take many ingredients to taste this dish, so stop ordering take out, and head to your kitchen.


Full recipe here.





Spicy Tuna Sushi Bowls

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This is an unconventional way of eating sushi, and most importantly a great introduction to first-time sushi triers. Taking less than 30 minutes to prepare, you will be preparing this all the time, instead of going to that expensive sushi place you waste your money at.


Full recipe here.





Garlic & Herb Salmon With Asparagus

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If you’re getting tired of always buying beef and turkey when you’re grocery shopping, maybe it’s time to change matters. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to get some salmon.


Even if you don’t like fish, you will love this dish. And this meal will be ready for you to devour in less than 10 minutes. Filled with flavours, this one will become a favorite in no time.


Full recipe here.




One Pot Paleo Mexican Chicken Stir Fry

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This one is perfect if you’re trying to watch your weight. Healthy, and delicious, and most importantly, easy on the bank account.


In 20 minutes, you will have an explosion of flavours that is also easy to clean up after, as you will only need one pan to cook it.


Full recipe here.




Chicken Noodle Soup

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This lovely meal remains a classic, especially for those days when you’re feeling a bit under weather. You might be tempted to go buy a canned one, but trust me when I say, nothing beats the natural flavours filling this one.


So get off your lazy ass and start cooking!


Full recipe here.




Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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If you happen to have an instant pot lying around and collecting dust, then you can finally put it to use.


And even if you don’t have one, and only got a slow-cooker, you can still cook it too.


Full recipe here.




15 Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles

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The name of this one alone should get you to start cooking it. And after trying it, you’ll know why i included it here.


Full recipe here.



Chicken Fajitas

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With this recipe, not only will you learn how to make chicken fajitas, but also how to make fajita seasoning, instead of wasting money on instant fajita mixture.


Full recipe here.




Eggs and Potatoes in Spicy Tomato Sauce

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This one calls for a few peculiar ingredients (ras el hanout and harissa), but your trip to the middle eastern market will be worth it, and you will believe me after trying it for yourself.


Full recipe here.




Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes aren’t a very popular cooking ingredient, but they are definitely underrated, and this meal will prove this to you.


Full recipe here.




Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs

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In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have enough food to well feed 6 people, at less than a dollar a serving!


Talk about a bargain!!


Full recipe here.




Easy Veggie Pasta

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Gluten-free, vegan-friendly, this meal is perfect for your coeliac or pretentious friends! (kidding).


We all have pasta laying around in our homes, now add some stirred healthy veggies, and you got yourself a healthy delicious dinner in less than 15 minute.


Full recipe here.





Pork Carnitas

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You’re possibly thinking to yourself: how are carnitas healthy for you? The pork after all is cooked in oil or lard?


Not this one my friend, and if you have a slow cooker, you can make this, just simmer the pork with the other ingredients for 6 hours, in the meantime you can go to school, or work, or hang out with a friend, or nap even, and by the time it’s ready, you’ll have a delicious and healthy cheap meal for dinner.


Full recipe here.




Crock Pot Vegetables

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By now you’ve probably picked up on the hint I’ve been dropping this whole time: GET A CROCK POT!


It might be a bit expensive at first, but you will be ecstatically pleased later on, as it will save you so much trouble and money.


Onto the recipe: season the veggies and let them simmer in the pot for 3 hours on high, and whatever you do, do not discard the liquid that you’ll have at the end, it is CRAZY delicious.


Full recipe here.





Tofu Stir Fry

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Tofu has never tasted any better, and much of it will be thanks to the teriyaki sauce you’ll cook it in. so head over to the closest asian market, and get the ingredients for this tasty dish.


Full recipe here.






Kimchi Fried Rice

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If you happen to have some kimchi laying around, or found yourself buying some with no idea what to do with it, then this recipe is for you. All you have to add is some rice, spam and with a little magic you can have a delicious dinner in no time.


Full recipe here.




Ginger Veggie Stir Fry

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A lot of stir fry, right? That’s because it may be the easiest way to cooking. Just make sure you use just the right amount of oil, so that it doesn’t overpower in taste and calories.


Onto our recipe: this one will definitely find its way to your meal plans on a weekly basis. An explosion of flavors and colors, and you will definitely enjoy making it as well.



Full recipe here.





Italian Mac and Cheese

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Why microwave it when you can cook it in no time? Trust me when I say, that this one will not be hiding in your belly and adding pounds like that fake one. And the best part is that you know exactly what’s in it.


Full recipe here.





Turkey-Vegetable Casserole

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If you have some thanksgiving leftovers, then you can do more than simply heating them. And this recipe is perfect for those moments, so even if you are tempted to finish all that turkey and its gravy, make sure you leave some to make this meal the next day.


Full recipe here.




Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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Go back to the origins, to the way food was supposed to be devoured, and put down the utensils, because we’ll be using our hands for this one.


This recipe is also a great way if you want to sneak in peppers in your kids’ food. So get cooking!


Full recipe here.




Brussels Sprouts and Turkey Rice Casserole

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Brussel sprouts are kids’ worst enemy, and they get a bad reputation simply for existing.


Not with this dish though, your kids will be fighting over the leftovers (if there are any), and you will find yourself adding brussels to your weekly shopping list.


Full recipe here.





Spaghetti With Garlic, Oil, and Chili Pepper Flakes

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Six ingredients are more than enough to make this dish, and will well feed up to 4 people, that is if you’re willing to share.


Full recipe here.





Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

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Who said lasagna couldn’t be healthy, and vegetarian?


Never mind them, this recipe will do the talking for you, just cook it the next time you have company over, and I guarantee you your house will be crawling with guests because of it.


Full recipe here.





Zucchini Pizza Boats

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A fresh take on pizza, that is also healthy and easy on your pockets.


4 ingredients are all you’ll be needing to cook this meal, which I’m sure you won’t be sharing with your roommates.


Full recipe here.





Curried Chicken Legs with Carrots, Rice, and Lime

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Good ol’ Martha Stewart swears by this recipe. Need I say more?


Full recipe here.





20 minute cherry tomato and basil angel hair pasta

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This one is super easy, and you will have it ready to serve in no time.


The sauce-infused pasta is beyond tasty, and all the flavours come together to make this dish unforgettable.


Full recipe here.





Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash

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Shrimp is a great option for those of you looking to cut down on the calories but have some high protein. And this recipe is a great way to cook some shrimp and add flavor to it.


Full recipe here.




Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine

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This one is a great option for when you’re having a vegan friend over, but can’t afford to spend too much money.


Or if you’re looking to convert to veganism, this meal is the perfect gateway drug.


Full recipe here.





Sausages with Kale and White Beans

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Kale gets a bad reputation, as a boring tasteless food. Not with this recipe though, as Martha Stewart adds an unforgettable flavor to it, to help you include more kale in our meals.


Oh, and there’s sausages too, still not convinced yet?


Full recipe here.





Skinny Burrito Bowl

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Just in case a classic burrito is too mainstream for you, we have it now in bowl format. Cut down on the calories with this option, and enjoy all the deliciousness of a burrito, in a healthier way.


Full recipe here.





Spicy Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes are a fan favorite, especially if they’re cheap and easy to make. So start taking notes, because this one will find itself on your table before you know it.


Full recipe here.





Ground Beef and Potatoes Picadillo

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This recipe is not only delicious, but gives you the space to tweak it and make it your own. A family favorite for sure, you will be cooking this meal every time you find yourself struggling to make ends meet, but refuse to eat instant ramen.


Full recipe here.





Eggplant Parmesan

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In less than an hour, you will have a delicious meal, that is also low in calories, and filled with fibers. So head over to your kitchen and start preparing.


Full recipe here.





10 Minute Oven Baked Tostada

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When it comes to making dinner, you just want to get it over with, and cook it as fast as possible. This recipe is perfect for those long days when you come back starving, and are tempted to call for a delivery pizza.


In 10 minutes, you’ll have a toasty dinner, that happens to also be mind-blowingly tasty and affordable.


Full recipe here.





Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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This meal tastes great whether it’s baked or grilled. At 142 calories a serving, you will be eating more than just your share, and then begging for some more.


Full recipe here.





Fish Tacos

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In 20 minutes only, these tacos will be ready to be served and devoured, and you’ll be thanking me with every bite.


Full recipe here.





And there you go, 37 damn delicious and cheap recipes, for every night of the month, and then some more. The variety of the meals and how easy they are, should get you to get up now and go groceries shopping, in order to try them for yourself. So let us know which one you tried and liked, and of course, check out our other blog posts as well, for more delicious recipes.


Bon appétit!