1 Vegetarian Chilli
Warm your heart and belly with a bowl of hearty vegetarian chili. Packed with beans, tomatoes, onions, and a magical mix of spices, this dish is not only easy on your budget but also a plant-based protein powerhouse. Pair it with rice or a chunk of crusty bread for the ultimate comfort meal. It's easy to add a range of lentils or beans to your usual chilli recipe instead of the more expensive beef!
2 One-Pot Pasta Magic
Keep it simple and stress-free with a one-pot pasta creation. Choose your favourite pasta, toss in some veggies, canned tomatoes, and a sprinkle of herbs. It's a quick fix for those busy nights, with minimal clean-up! For inspo, check out one-pan cheese, zucchini and chicken pasta, chicken pesto pasta, and our quick frying pan lasagne!
3 Easy egg fried rice
Eggs are the unsung heroes of budget cooking. Whip up egg fried rice by sautéing cooked rice with colourful veggies. Scramble in some eggs, add a dash of soy sauce, and a hint of sesame oil for a flavour explosion. Quick, easy, and oh-so budget-friendly. This chinese-style prawn recipe comes with a guide to how to make fried rice.
4 Soup, Glorious Soup
There's something magical about a bowl of homemade soup. Use up leftover veggies, beans, or lentils to create a comforting broth. Spice it up with your favourite herbs, and voila! A bowl of warmth that's easy on both your palate and your pocket. Try this pumpkin and chickpea soup or this chicken and veg version.
5 Pasta Primavera
Dive into the world of colours with a pasta primavera. Grab budget-friendly veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli. Toss them with pasta and a simple olive oil-based sauce for a dish that's as vibrant as it is economical. Or get inspo from this cheesy vegie pasta bake!
6 Baked potatoes
Potatoes are a budget superhero. Bake them and load up with affordable toppings like beans, cheese, sour cream, and chives. Get creative with your toppings, and you've got a budget-friendly feast. Try these roast jacket potatoes, or these cottage pie topped spuds! And this potato wedges bake is a great alternative.
7 Pizza party
Say no to expensive takeout and yes to a homemade pizza night. Create your own dough, add tomato sauce, and pile on budget-friendly toppings like mushrooms, olives, and onions. It's not just a meal; it's a fun and wallet-friendly activity. These spooky pizzas are fun for kids, and this no-cook pizza is too easy! Try something a bit different with this Indian lamb naan pizza, or this five-ingredient pull-apart bread!
8 Black Bean Quesadilla
Transport your taste buds to Mexico with black bean quesadillas. Spread black beans on tortillas, sprinkle cheese, and cook until golden brown. Serve with salsa, guacamole, or a dollop of sour cream for a tasty and budget-friendly south-of-the-border delight.
9 Oat pancakes
Why wait for brekkie? Enjoy a wholesome breakfast-for-dinner with oat pancakes. Mix oats, flour, milk, and eggs to make a simple batter. Top with affordable fruits like bananas or berries and a drizzle of honey for a delightful and budget-friendly twist on a classic. Gluten free? Try this gluten-free pancake recipe as an alternative.