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Top Rated Cheap Dinner Recipes

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TexasKelly
I made this when my husband and I were going through a really hard financial time. We had no money to go buy something for dinner, so I had to dig through the freezer for things I had frozen and use up a bit of leftovers. This was one creation that came out to taste very good. Everything in here is stuff most people keep on hand.
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Nickeletta
A fast, quick and cheap dinner that the kids will love. Recipe from All You magazine.
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jlv1023
Mom always made this as a quick and cheap dinner but great taste. Tomatoes, pasta & peas altogether Brings back childhood
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naturally me
A dinner I came up with because little money to work with, $3.50 for the breasts and $0.75 for the Rotini, I'd say that's a cheap dinner.
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ershnill
You know after living a cheap dinner life things tend to get really bland and boring. This recipe made the food taste so much better and my boyfriend loves it. So try it out!
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Midwest Maven
Looking for a super easy and cheap, dinner that comes together quickly? This would be great for a busy weeknight meal that the whole family will love! This dish would be delish with a salad and some bread too :)—
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linebb956
When we lived up north.. we used to go frogin... gigging I think they called it... I found this recipe in McCalls Recipe cards... Cheap dinner then.. Now you pay and arm and a leg for these if you eat them out!
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muncheechee
I found this recipe as I was searching for "cheap dinners." Mandy, the creator of this recipe uses the pork loin from Sam's Club that usually weighs in at 8lbs per loin for about $1.60 per pound. I wish I had found this recipe a couple months ago when I had bought one of those huge pork loins but didn't really know what to do with it! Cutting it into pork chops has worked well but my next pork loin will be used in this recipe. I had never heard of using plastic wrap in the oven but she proves it works and holds in all the moisture. (Servings are approximate) For the tutorial video, visit her site: http://www.gourmetmomonthego.com/2009/04/cheap-and-fabulous-freezer-dinners.html
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Danet Robaina
Basically it's a Campbell's chicken and soup recipe that I had tweaked. I had 4 hungry friends over and no real food or money since where in college (this is a cheap dinner to make and easy to double good for big families). All I had on hand was chicken and rice and mushroom soup. Lucky I had a few spare items on hand. I didn't like the idea of chicken just sitting there in cream of mushroom soup for an hour in the oven with rice. So I tweaked it with white wine and made it on the stovetop we couldn't wait an hour. With the brown bits it made the greyish looking soup into a pretty golden color and the garlic woke everything up. The Uncle Ben flavor rices are awesome-when you're in a pinch I totally recommend them. You can also use egg noodles-it makes it a bit more richer. Ever since then, I get this request about twice a week and people still don't believe its cream of mushroom soup-who knew !
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Caroline Russock
Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, authors of In the Small Kitchen are masters of entertaining on a budget. They've figured out an ingenious equation to keep their self-proclaimed "dirt cheap dinners" from seeming, well, cheap. This recipe for Polenta Steaks with Asparagus Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Burrata incorporates a few high-end ingredients (burrata, asparagus, and pine nuts) into an otherwise budget-friendly meal, making for plates that look much spendier than they actually are. The dish begins with polenta "steaks," slabs of chilled polenta that are cut into wedges and fried crisp with a little olive oil. Next comes a mild asparagus-mint pesto made from the stems of blanched asparagus that's dolloped atop the crispy polenta steaks. Cherry tomatoes tossed in salt and olive oil get scattered on top, and the plates are finished with torn bits of creamy burrata and the reserved asparagus tips. This dish comes in at about $3 a person. It marries high and low price-tagged ingredients to create the illusion of a much fancier meal. As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of In the Small Kitchen to give away this week. Reprinted with permission from In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine. Copyright © 2011. Published by William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.
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