Perhaps your budget is under a bit of pressure at the moment, or you’re hosting a large group of people and not wanting to spend a fortune. Either way, there are certain meals you can make where you can save money and get more bang for your buck.
We’ve got 18 cheap and easy meals for a tight budget that are hearty, satisfying, and delicious. You’ll be surprised at what you can create with the right mix of ingredients.
What could be better than creamy slices of potato, melted cheese and succulent ham in one tasty casserole? Your guests will love this as a main or side dish.
Enjoy juicy chicken thighs slow-cooked in a honey garlic sauce. With only fifteen minutes of prep work, this affordable meal practically cooks itself.
Crock pot meals are so simple to make, easy on the budget and always full of flavor. Put your ingredients in the crock pot after only ten minutes of prep work for a nourishing chicken noodle soup.
You may have enjoyed these meaty sandwiches as a kid, so why not bring them back? This Philly cheesesteak-inspired Sloppy Joe will leave your belly and your wallet full.
This budget-friendly pizza recipe is just like the rectangular sliced pizza you’d get in the cafeteria at school. Add your favorite toppings and feed the entire family on a budget.
This mango salad is easy, refreshing and low-cost. Add a sweet and tangy peanut dressing for a healthy, Thai-inspired meal.
Tender strips of chicken, onions and bell peppers are seasoned and baked in a single sheet pan for easy cleanup. Skip the trip to Chipotle and enjoy these homemade fajitas.
Here’s a deliciously simple pasta dish that would be double the cost in a restaurant. Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is a quick and affordable weeknight dinner that’s far from ordinary.
Prone to spending when you want comfort food? Stick to your budget with this creamy, cheesy Southern-style baked macaroni.
This chicken and broccoli recipe is just like having takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant! Now you can satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank.
Sometimes, a classic grilled cheese sandwich is all you need to satisfy your cravings. Have it alone or with a bowl of soup for a wholesome, budget-friendly meal.
These mini sandwiches are a delicious and affordable choice for dinner parties. Warm dinner rolls, barbeque chicken and melted cheese make these sliders irresistible.
Chili con carne is classic comfort food. Enjoy this filling stew on its own or with rice.
Chicken mull is a rich, buttery stew with pieces of slow-simmered chicken, best enjoyed with saltine crackers. It’s a simple and affordable meal when you want something warm and comforting.
Pulled pork is perfect for barbeques and cookouts. This versatile protein is great in sandwiches, with coleslaw or in tacos.
Vegetarian chili is a wholesome stew of beans, fire-roasted tomatoes and meatless protein. Make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.
This Tex-Mex soup is slightly spicy with lots of flavor and texture. Leftovers taste even better on the second day.
Feeding the family for Easter or Christmas doesn’t have to break the budget. Try this juicy honey-glazed ham at your next dinner party.
Cheap And Easy Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced (optional)
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced thin
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- 2 quarts chicken broth low sodium recommended
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary
- 2 cups egg noodles dried or fresh
- 3 cups baby bok choy or other green veg
Garnishes – optional
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh parsley minced
- sprigs fresh thyme
- To the slow cooker, add the chicken breasts, olive oil, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, chicken broth, bay leaves and dried thyme.
- Cover the crock pot and cook on a low heat setting for 6-7 hours.
- Remove the cooked chicken to a plate to cool for several minutes. Once the chicken is lukewarm, use two forks to shred it into bite size pieces. Reserve.
- Add the egg noodles to the crock pot along with the bok choy. Re-cover and cook on high heat for 6-8 minutes until the noodles are al dente.
- Stir the shredded chicken along with the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with optional parsley and thyme. Serve and enjoy!
- If the liquid level is lower than you’d like, you can always add extra broth or water. Note you may need to adjust the salt and pepper afterward.