23 Cheap Recipes for Dinner

We ate a lot of frugal meals in our early years of marriage, so I’m sharing 23 cheap recipes for dinner with you to celebrate my 23rd wedding anniversary!
23 Cheap Recipes for Dinner

Today, David and I have been married for 23 years. That guy seriously is my world and I’m one of the luckiest women to have him in my life. But, I’d be lying if I said it was all perfect, because it’s hasn’t been. Getting married young makes almost everything harder. Having babies young makes it even harder. Would I change it if i I could go back in time? NO WAY. But, yeah, it was hard.

In the early years of our marriage, we ate a lot of meals that are very different than the way we eat today. I remember meal planning and my goal was meals that would feed 4 of us for less than $2. And not $2 per person….$2 for the whole meal. We did that a lot. I know that many of our meals weren’t balanced or even very healthy for us, but we did the best we could do.

But you know what? We were happy and loved each other and our kids and that’s all that really mattered to us.

In honor of those early years of our marriage, I have put together a round-up of 23 cheap recipes for dinner — 1 for each year that we have been married. These recipes are things that I want to eat today, but I wish my young married self had thought of (or that someone would have shared with me).

Here are 23 Cheap Recipes for Dinner:

Ginger Chicken by A Girl Worth Saving

Ginger Chicken by A Girl Worth Saving

45-Cent Potato Soup by Kitchen Treaty

45-Cent Potato Soup by Kitchen Treaty

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans by The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Baked Beans by The Lemon Bowl

Amish Chicken from Growing Up Gabel

Amish Chicken by Growing Up Gabel

Crunchy Chicken Ramen Salad

Crunchy Ramen Chicken Salad by Home Cooking Memories

Summer Vegetable Ragu by i heart eating

Summer Vegetable Ragu by i heart eating

Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls by Willow Bird Baking

Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls by Willow Bird Baking

Fried Tortellini by Oh Sweet Basil

Fried Tortellini by Oh Sweet Basil

Smoky Chicken Chipotle Tacos by The Messy Baker Blog

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos by The Messy Baker Blog

Fusilli with Caramelized Onions by Hezzi Ds Books and Cooks

Fusilli with Caramelized Onions by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks

Sauteed Beet Greens and Spring Onions by Farm Fresh Feasts

Sauteed Beet Greens and Spring Onions by Farm Fresh Feasts

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Asian Corn Cabbage Soup by Healthy Slow Cooking

Asian Corn Cabbage Soup by Healthy Slow Cooking

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken by Unsophisticook

Honey Lime Chicken by Unsophisticook

easy tilapia recipes by The Culinary Life

Easy Tilapia by The Culinary Life

Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey

Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey

Meatless Sloppy Joes

Meatless Sloppy Joes by Home Cooking Memories

Summer Strawberry Crepes by Modern Christian Homemaker

Summer Strawberry Crepes by Modern Christian Homemaker

easy korean beef over rice by juanitas cocina

Easy Korean Beef over Rice by Juanita’s Cocina

sloppy lentils by blueberries and blessings

Sloppy Lentils by Blueberries and Blessings

kid friendly dirty rice by busy in brooklyn

Kid-Friendly Dirty Rice by Busy in Brooklyn

Quizza by Diet Dessert n Dogs

Quizza (quiche/pizza – grain free, egg free, dairy free) by Diet, Dessert and Dogs

savory summer tart by masala herb

Savory Summer Tart by Masala Herb

And as a bonus, how about dessert? This is one of the most fun ideas out there — and it’s super easy and frugal to do:

pinata cups by just married with coupons

Simple Pinata Cups by Just Married with Coupons

I hope you enjoyed these cheap recipes — I’m sure you’ll agree that while they might not cost a lot to make, these are some great recipes. Be sure to visit these sites and let them know you found them from Home Cooking Memories!

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  1. says

    Yum yum yum! What a fantastic list of cheap recipes that are also really unique! Love it!

    Really appreciate that you also added mine too, thanks bunches 😉

  2. says

    2 $ dinner for the whole family must have been so difficult! We had a similar life style when I was younger, it was for sure not easy for my parents at the time and I & my husband lived for a while with less then enough too, so I know how it must have been for you. Congratulation to your anniversary! I adore your round up and I wish my mum would have known dishes such as the ragu and the tempting meatless sloppy joe at the time. Thanks for including my savory summer tart, I am honored. =)

  3. says

    What a great idea for a round up, Brandie! And congratulations on 23 years! I have pinned this on my Delicious Budget Recipes board.

  4. says

    What a great collection of dinners, which one to make first, they all look so good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. says

    Awesome recipes! The fact that they are frugal, they are very appetizing as well. I tried the ginger chicken and my entire family loved it. Tomorrow, I’m going to try the slow cooker baked beans.


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