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
45-Cent Potato Soup by Kitchen Treaty
Slow Cooker Baked Beans by The Lemon Bowl
Amish Chicken by Growing Up Gabel
Crunchy Ramen Chicken Salad by Home Cooking Memories
Summer Vegetable Ragu by i heart eating
Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls by Willow Bird Baking
Fried Tortellini by Oh Sweet Basil
Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos by The Messy Baker Blog
Fusilli with Caramelized Onions by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Sauteed Beet Greens and Spring Onions by Farm Fresh Feasts
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Asian Corn Cabbage Soup by Healthy Slow Cooking
Honey Lime Chicken by Unsophisticook
Easy Tilapia by The Culinary Life
Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey
Meatless Sloppy Joes by Home Cooking Memories
Summer Strawberry Crepes by Modern Christian Homemaker
Easy Korean Beef over Rice by Juanita’s Cocina
Sloppy Lentils by Blueberries and Blessings
Kid-Friendly Dirty Rice by Busy in Brooklyn
Quizza (quiche/pizza – grain free, egg free, dairy free) by Diet, Dessert and Dogs
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:
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!