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45+ Frugal Meals to Help You Eat Well, Spend Less

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 20, 2014 @ 3:50 pm In Budget Living,Eat Well Spend Less,Good Eats,Meal Planning | 9 Comments


For over two years I joined forces with eight fabulous bloggers to share different ways to eat well and spend less. What a great collaborative effort it was! We’re from different backgrounds, different food cultures, and different parts of the continent. But, we are united in feeding our families as well as we can, making the most of the resources we have at our disposal.

This post, originally posted on April 16, 2011, features some of our favorite meals that are good and cheap.

Beans and Rice

Earlier this week, I shared my five go-to meals for staying under budget [4] and how we dress them up with a little something extra.

  1. Beans and Rice
  2. Pasta with Red Sauce
  3. Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables
  4. Soup from Leftovers
  5. Grilled Chicken Salad

If you haven’t planned next week’s meals yet, you’re going to want to check out each of these ladies frugal meals:

photo source: Simple Bites [5]

Aimee from Simple Bites [6] shared some amazing meatless main dishes:

  1. Black Bean Burgers
  2. Crustless Quiche
  3. Chocolate Chip Chili
  4. Seasonal Soup
  5. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom [7] posted meals that are simple and well loved by the masses:

  1. Pasta
  2. Beans & Rice
  3. Soups
  4. Roast Chicken
  5. Tacos/Burgers

Carrie from Denver Bargains encouraged folks to spend nothing [8] and eat from the pantry. And she shared some recipes [9] to go with that resolve:

  • Pancakes
  • Chili
  • Gumbo
  • Burgers
  • Beans
photo source: Good Life Eats [10]

Katie from Good Life Eats [11] demonstrated all that you can cook from a well-stocked pantry:


  1. Pancakes or Waffles
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Crepes
  4. Granola Parfaits
  5. Toast Creations


  1. Pasta Dishes
  2. Frittatas
  3. Soup Night
  4. Homemade Pizza
  5. Fried Rice


  1. Brownies
  2. Cookies
  3. Crepes
photo source: Kitchen Stewardship [12]

Katie from Kitchen Stewardship [13] posted how to make feasts from very frugal foods:

  1. Homemade Yogurt
  2. Homemade Chicken Stock
  3. Dry Beans
  4. Oats
  5. Potatoes

Mandi from Food Your Way [14] rocked it on the quick and easy meals. As a work at home mom, she knows how precious that time savings is.

  1. Easy Baked Ziti
  2. Twice Baked Cheeseburger Potatoes
  3. Dutch Puff
  4. Smoothies and Popcorn
  5. Leftovers

Shaina from Food Your Way [15] explained how to make meals build on one another:

  1. Roast Chicken
  2. Mediterranean Bean and Barley Salad
  3. Chickpea and Vegetable Curry with Leftover Chicken
  4. Catch-All Pizza
  5. Southwest-Style Chicken Vegetable Soup

Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes [16] shared her twist on all kinds of “from scratch” meals:

  1. Oatmeal for Breakfast
  2. Beans & Rice
  3. Soup
  4. Homemade Bread
  5. Homemade Yogurt or Kefir

Got a great frugal meal?

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[6] Aimee from Simple Bites: http://www.simplebites.net/eat-well-spend-less-my-top-five-frugal-meals-recipe-lentil-shepherds-pie/

[7] Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2011/04/5-frugal-meal-ideas-eat-well-spend-less.html

[8] encouraged folks to spend nothing: http://denverbargains.com/2011/04/eat-well-spend-less-how-to-live-off-your-pantry/

[9] she shared some recipes: http://denverbargains.com/2011/04/eat-well-spend-less-recipes-from-the-pantry/

[10] Good Life Eats: http://goodlifeeats.com

[11] Katie from Good Life Eats: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/04/pantry-meals-to-keep-the-budget-on-track.html

[12] Kitchen Stewardship: http://kitchenstewardship.com

[13] Katie from Kitchen Stewardship: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/04/12/eat-well-spend-less-five-frugal-must-have-real-foods/

[14] Mandi from Food Your Way: http://food.yourway.net/menu-plan-monday-eat-well-spend-less-edition/

[15] Shaina from Food Your Way: http://foodformyfamily.com/the-kitchen-sink/eat-well-spend-less-when-two-meals-become-five

[16] Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes: http://www.tammysrecipes.com/node/4408

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