We love cheap recipes. It's our calling. Our passion.

Don't confuse cheap recipes with unhealthy either. We strive to create and post recipes that are not only inexpensive but also nutritious and creative. The no-fail way to keep your food budget under wraps is to plan your week's menu for all meals, including snacks.

With a solid plan, you know where to go to get the least expensive items, what meals you're going to have and what leftovers you can each for lunch the next day. We get our meal inspiration in a lot of places, including some of our favorite blogs, from foodbuzz.com, our Real Simple magazine subscription (or their website) or just opening our cookbooks and digging up our favorite cheap dinner recipes.

A great place to start your frugal food adventures is searching for coupon and discounts at the stores you already visit regularly. A site like mygrocerydeals.com can help you search for groceries on sale at all the stores around you, to help you plan out your shop before you even get into your car. If you've already decided on a cheap recipe, just look for the ingredients in the search bar and it'll show you any of the local grocery stores with that item on sale or that have coupons.

Here are some of our cheap recipes to get you started:

Articles in the Cheap Recipes Category

Potatoes Anna With Sausage
Posted in Cheap Dinner Recipe, Cheap Recipes on 1 March 2013
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From mom’s hand-made recipe book to your table, this layered casserole is a favorite in our family. We just jazzed it up with some sliced andouille sausage and it was a masterpiece. The recipe is cheap and easy to make so keep it in your weekly dinner routine to keep your family happy.

Cheap Chicken Marinade – Balsamic Habañero
Posted in Cheap Dinner Recipe, Cheap Recipes on 14 January 2013
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After hitting the jackpot at the Saturday Morning Market, we brought home our habañero jelly and added it to a cheap chicken marinade. It spiced up the dish and added a sweetness that we balanced out with an aged balsamic vinegar. Check out the recipe here.

Cheap Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe
Posted in Cheap Holiday, Cheap Recipes, Groceries, Help in the Kitchen on 3 November 2012
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Canned pumpkin puree can be expensive, especially if you need a lot of it for a recipe. It’s a great alternative and without all the preservatives or steep price tags. You can spice it up or leave it plain until you’re ready to cook all of your pumpkin creations this holiday season. See the process here.

Asian Beef and Mango Salad
Posted in 4 Hour Body, Cheap Dinner Recipe, Cheap Recipes, Cheap Salad Recipe on 7 June 2012
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Cheap Weeknight Dinner with Asian Flair We’re a regular taco night family. It’s an easy meal that we often turn into taco salad night which just means our taco ingredients go over top of crunched up tortilla chips. This time we decided to give taco night an Asian flair. Take away the tortilla chips and […]

$100 Cheap Food Project – Week 2
Posted in Articles, cheap food hints, Cheap Recipes on 11 January 2012
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This is the 2nd post in a series to prove that you can live off of just $100 per person per month for food. We bring you the 2nd part of recipes and meal planning with tips and hints to keep your food costs down. Some may be skeptical about whether or not it can be done and especially if you can do it in a healthy way, so we’re out to convince the skeptics. Check out how to live below your means and save significan money on the food budget.

Carrot Pesto Cucumber Boats
Posted in Cheap Recipes, Cheap Snack Recipe on 29 November 2011
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Dishes are just a bit fancier when they have an edible vessel. Take stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms, quinoa salad in an acorn squash, taco salads in a tortilla shell bowl, etc. This recipe is no exception and up to this point I hadn’t ever used a cucumber as a vessel for a recipe, but it works great. This is a perfect home-made snack to help you stay out of the chip and cracker aisle at the grocery store.

Guest Post – Fresh From the Farm to Your Table
Posted in Articles, Food Costa Rica, Guest Post on 25 October 2011
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This is a guest post from another organic delivery company in Costa Rica focusing on the Caribbean side. They are a wonderful couple dedicated to bringing real, whole foods to your table organically. They offer everything from organic Strawberries, to Bok Choy, Fennel, Kale, Onions, Lettuce, Eggplant, Peruvian Potatoes, Blackberries, Arugula, Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, a variety of Tomatoes and so much much more. Enjoy the post and thanks for reading!

Acorn Squash with Pear and Quinoa Salad
Posted in Cheap Dinner Recipe, Cheap Recipes, Cheap Salad Recipe on 13 October 2011
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The way this recipe is put together with contrasting and complimentary flavors is brilliant. There is a tang in the lemon juice and sweetness of the pear that jumps right out with the squash, shallot and cardamom. In my case I used Garam Masala seasoning which is heavy on the cardamom, but also has some other Indian spices in there to bounce off the other flavors. I won’t keep you from the recipe any longer, just click the photo to find it.

Flatbread with Garbanzo and Fava Flour
Posted in 4 Hour Body, Cheap Recipes, Cheap Snack Recipe, Help in the Kitchen on 28 September 2011
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We’ve begun to explore a low-carb flour option to replace our wheat flours. This garbanzo and fava bean flatbread with thyme, honey and sea salt is to die for. I hope you try this recipe out and don’t be afraid of the bean flour, everything turns out okay in the end. Plus, this is an extremely low carb snack if you leave off the honey.

This post takes you through the process of making your own garbanzo flour and using it to make two very distinct and different flatbreads. Enjoy!

World’s Best Black Bean Veggie Burger
Posted in Cheap Dinner Recipe, Cheap Recipes on 2 September 2011
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Cheap Food Here has been on the hunt for the perfect black bean burger recipe ever since eating at the Original Penguin restaurant in Charlotte, NC who could tout the most fabulous bean burger on the planet.

I’ve tried plenty of recipes, some with eggs, some with bread crumbs some with Portobello mushrooms; the list goes on and on. We recently found the golden recipe from BrownEyedBaker.com and are sharing our experience making it.