These days, cutting back on your grocery bill can help relieve some financial anxieties. But we all know that one of the biggest challenges in doing so is stretching your budget without compromising you or your loved ones’ right to delicious dinners, right? Worry not because we’re here to help you make perfect dishes you and the whole family can enjoy without a dent on your wallet.
With a bit of creativity and some food IQ, $10 of groceries can feed your entire household with a delicious, budget-friendly meal that may allow for seconds (or even thirds)!
Check out these inexpensive (yet nutritious) recipes that everyone will surely love!
Smashed Potato Tacos
You can whip up this delicious and healthy snack that’s sure to satisfy you with every bite! Plus, we all know that tacos are one of the easiest meals to make, so you can take your sweet time in trying out a variety of other toppings you’d like for this smart dish. Potatoes are loaded with potassium and fiber for proper digestion, and adding other nutritious ingredients makes this one of the best affordable dinners on this list.
For the basic recipe:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while you boil a pound of baby yellow potatoes for 10 minutes.
When the potatoes are slightly soft, transfer them to a baking sheet (with two tablespoons of oil).
Smash the potatoes gently with the back of a spatula and into a soft mash.
Add a bit of oil and salt, then roast it in the oven for another 10 minutes until crispy.
Cook a half pound of ground beef in an oiled skillet, then add your favorite spices such as salt, chili powder, cumin, onion, garlic, pepper and a quarter cup of water.
Once the meat is cooked, put the meat on the roasted potatoes and top with grated quick-melt cheese and a spoonful of Greek yogurt for the perfect sauce that brings out the meat’s flavors!
If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not try out some avocado toppings and green onions for a yummier treat for the kiddos!
Check out the full recipe and variations here.
Baked White Fish with Potatoes and Beet Fries
It’s so easy to marvel at how versatile regular household ingredients are and this less than $5 dish makes use of cheap kitchen ingredients for a fancy dinner treat! For those of you who want to make sure you’re getting some added nutritious value, you’ll get your ample doses of vitamins and minerals plus lean protein from fish with this one.
For this recipe:
Pick out fresh cod or haddock fillets at the grocery, wash them and dry them thoroughly with paper towels.
Set oven to 425 degrees while spiralizing two sweet potatoes (medium-sized) and two beets before placing them on a greased baking sheet.
Season with some oil and salt and bake the mix to a crisp for about 25 minutes.
On a separate baking sheet, prepare your fish fillets and sprinkle them with a bit of salt and black pepper for taste.
One by one, coat the fish with flour, beaten egg, and Panko.
Then bake for 12 minutes or until the exterior is crispy.
Lastly, prepare your tartar sauce by whisking a quarter cup of mayo, a tablespoon of chopped capers and dill pickles, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and some salt and pepper to taste.
Now you’re ready to serve four sumptuous plates of healthy fish with a side of crispy curly fries!
Try out this recipe!
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Of course, we can’t leave pasta out of this budget-friendly list as we’re sure it’s one of your favorites! And when iodine-rich shrimp (yes shrimp– because those medium-sized kinds are not that really expensive if you buy them frozen in bulk), is married with nutrient-dense tomatoes and pasta, you get an instant Italian classic that’s to die for! Let’s check out this dish that serves four for under $10.
For this recipe:
Cook your linguine pasta according to its package directions and set aside to cool.
In a non-stick skillet, saute a pound of peeled and deveined medium shrimp with one and a half teaspoon of minced garlic until cooked. Be sure not to over cook the shrimp.
Set the shrimp aside in a separate container and in the same skillet, saute ¾ cup of diced onion in oil until you smell its delicious aroma, then add a tablespoon each of minced garlic and crushed red pepper; half a teaspoon each of dried basil and oregano and cook for a minute.
Stir in two tablespoons of tomato paste and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and cook for another minute before adding one and ⅓ cup of crushed tomatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, and a pinch of salt.
When the sauce thickens to your desired consistency, add the shrimp and serve over the pasta.
For a perfectly satisfying dinner, add buttered toast on the side and just wait for your better half to ask for seconds.
Check out the full recipe here.
Part of the joy in preparing a dish for ourselves OR for the whole family is knowing that you’re not compromising proper nutrition and flavor for cost. Nowadays, it can be pretty difficult to come up with meals that are inexpensive, yet still delicious and budget-friendly. So, if you have more smart recipes that are just under $10 worth of groceries, make sure to go ahead and share them in the comments section!