Healthy Dinner Ideas Budget

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One of the most important things about healthy dinner ideas budget is that you are able to use ingredients that you have in your kitchen and that you really enjoy. That way you do not feel as if you are tied to your kitchen, but rather it becomes a fun experience where you get to use what you love to create something amazing. It is not always easy finding healthy dinner ideas budget, but with this guide I will give you some great tips so that you can make the most out of your budget.

Easy Budget-Friendly Dinners the Whole Family Will Love

Gather everyone together for one of these flavorful, affordable meals that rely on pantry staples to cut down on cost. With just 30 minutes of active time in the kitchen, you can pull together a pan of creamy bean enchiladas, a protein-packed skillet pasta or even a steamy bowl of lentil soup that everyone can enjoy. Recipes like our White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi and Cheesy Marinara Beans serve at least four, so everyone can dig in.

One-Skillet Cheesy Ground Chicken Pasta

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One-Skillet Cheesy Ground Chicken Pasta

Make this cheesy ground chicken pasta recipe for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve with a simple side salad and a glass of red wine.

One-Pot Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Parmesan

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One-Pot Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Parmesan

This lentil-vegetable soup is packed with kale and tomatoes for a filling, flavorful main dish. If you have it, the Parmesan cheese rind adds nuttiness and gives the broth some body.

White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi

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White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi

Sun-dried tomatoes are the star of this recipe— providing texture and umami. Combined with the spinach, they make this dish a great source of vitamins C and K.

25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas

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25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas

These quick sweet potato and bean enchiladas are diabetes-friendly thanks to egg wraps that are lower in carbs than traditional tortillas. The vegetarian filling is both sweet and savory, while the topping adds texture and freshness.

Creamy One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Peas

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Creamy One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Peas

This easy one-pot pasta recipe earns the title “creamy” thanks to the addition of sour cream and Parmesan, which combine to create a savory cheese sauce that clings to the orecchiette, peas and sausage. The best part about this recipe is that it only requires one vessel to cook everything—pasta included. By using the exact amount of liquid you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, adding even more creaminess. If you like spicy but not too spicy, use a mix of sweet and hot Italian sausages.

Cheesy Marinara Beans

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Cheesy Marinara Beans

This ooey-gooey dish has baked-pasta vibes but features protein-packed beans instead of noodles. Look for dried corona beans, a larger, creamy white bean, at natural-foods stores or online. Cannellini are a good substitute. Serve with a green salad and toasted baguette.

Beef & Bulgur Sloppy Joes

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Beef & Bulgur Sloppy Joes

This twist on the classic sandwich has all the sweet-and-savory flavors you crave in a sloppy Joe, but by swapping in some bulgur for half of the ground beef you cut some saturated fat and get an extra gram of fiber in each serving (the whole-wheat bun and veggies add 6g more). Serve these healthy sloppy Joes with a side of napkins—you’ll need ’em!

White Bean Soup with Pasta

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White Bean Soup with Pasta

We use mirepoix—a combination of onion, celery and carrots—to flavor this soup. Keep a store-bought bag of the mixture in your freezer to ensure you always have some on hand without worrying about it going bad.

3-Ingredient One-Pot Lemon Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken

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3-Ingredient One-Pot Lemon Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken

This satisfying one-pot pasta cooks with just the right amount of water so you’re left with perfectly cooked noodles and enough starchy liquid to act as a sauce. Stir in lemon juice and zest at the end for a bright finish.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos

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Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos

Tender, smoky sweet potato is the star of these vegetarian tacos. A mashed black bean spread with onion holds everything in place. Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Easy Family-Friendly Soups to Make Tonight

Gather around the table for a cozy bowl of soup and quality time with your loved ones. Everyone in the family will love these healthy soups that serve at least four, whether you choose a classic bowl of chicken noodle or a potato soup that’s customizable to everyone’s palates. Recipes like our Bean & Beef Taco Soup and Mediterranean Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup are delicious recipes you can whip up with just 20 minutes of active time in the kitchen.

Chicken Orzo Soup

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Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick chicken orzo soup has warm, comforting flavors from the perfect combination of broth, chicken and vegetables. The orzo makes it filling without weighing it down.

White Bean Soup with Pasta

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White Bean Soup with Pasta

We use mirepoix—a combination of onion, celery and carrots—to flavor this soup. Keep a store-bought bag of the mixture in your freezer to ensure you always have some on hand without worrying about it going bad.

Vegan Lasagna Soup

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Vegan Lasagna Soup

This quick and easy vegan lasagna soup has all the classic flavors of lasagna, with plenty of tomatoes, veggies and lasagna noodles broken into bite-size bits. Plant-based meatless crumbles stand in for the sausage, and you won’t miss the cheese with the fresh basil puree dolloped on top as a finishing touch.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This Instant Pot lentil soup is quick enough to prepare when you get home from work for an easy weeknight dinner. This vegetarian soup recipe is full of aromatic vegetables, brown lentils and fresh spinach. A splash of balsamic vinegar brightens the flavor, and a garnish of radish and parsley gives this comforting soup a fresh finish.

Hearty Tomato Soup with Beans & Greens

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Hearty Tomato Soup with Beans & Greens

Garlicky kale and creamy white beans elevate simple canned tomato soup into a 10-minute lunch or dinner that really satisfies. Use a soup with tomato pieces for a heartier texture. Look for a brand that’s low- or reduced-sodium, with no more than 450 mg sodium per serving.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

This easy soup recipe cooks up quickly thanks to the use of an electric pressure cooker or multicooker, like the Instant Pot. It packs in tons of filling veggies without packing on the calories. Plus, it happens to be entirely plant-based. If you aren’t eating vegan, top it with a little Parmesan cheese or pesto to add even more flavor.

Sheet-Pan Tomato Soup

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Sheet-Pan Tomato Soup

Roasting the tomatoes concentrates their flavor, yielding a richly flavored soup. Make a manchego grilled cheese for dunking.

Meals You Can Make For Less Than $10 Each

Looking to cut back on your grocery bill? We’ve picked out 10 clever recipes that use cheaper pantry staples, but definitely don’t skimp on flavor. These delicious budget-friendly meals are sustaining, easy to make, and perfect for weeknight family dinners – and in most cases, will run you less than $10 to make. Enjoy!

Southwest Chicken

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Southwest Chicken

“We really enjoyed this! And healthy too. I served this with Mexican rice, and with fresh fruit as an appetizer. A total success, and the leftovers kept well also. I’ll definitely make it again.

Red Beans and Rice

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Red Beans and Rice

“This recipe was everything I had on hand and was so easy to make. Should have doubled the recipe because it was so good and my family wanted more of it. Great for cold weather!” — majestic

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

“This was a wonderful, simple recipe that uses everyday ingredients, yet still tastes terrific. This is one of the few recipes I used that did not need adjustments, it was great as is!” — Allegra

One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

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One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

“This dish is so simple and flavorful!! I used medium shells instead of orecchiette but only because my local grocery didn’t have orecchiette. Definitely a keeper

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

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Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

“I made this recipe EXACTLY as stated, and it came out so much better than I imagined it would! I thought it would be cheap and cheerful, and useful as a side to something, but it is absolutely delicious!

Baked Ziti

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Baked Ziti

“I LOVE this recipe! It makes wonderful leftovers too. I make this on Sunday nights and have leftovers for lunch all week!” — paynes

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

“This is a simple, quick, and delicious recipe. My wife just loves this, that I end up making it at least once a week.

Original Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

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Original Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

“We had this for dinner last night and thought is was just DELICIOUS! A quick, tasty and very economical dinner.

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

“Absolutely fantastic and easy to make. Got asked for the recipe from a few friends too

Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

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Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

“The whole family loved it! Even my toddlers! The flavor of the smoked sausage permeates the whole meal

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