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Budget Recipes

Eating well does not have to cost a fortune. Cooking on a budget means being resourceful and getting the most out of your ingredients, whether it’s making stock or making a meal stretch for leftovers, or making fantastic, quick meals out of pantry staples. We’re here for you!

Budget-Friendly Recipes for Summer

  • Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Elise Bauer

    Southern Cornbread

    This savory cornbread recipe, or "Southern Cornbread," will teach you how to make cornbread with bacon drippings and then bake in a hot iron skillet.

  • Elise Bauer

    Refried Beans

    45 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Here's how to make traditional Mexican refried beans, just like a restaurant's but even BETTER! Serve them as a side dish for any Mexican meal, turn them into a dip, or use them in burritos and quesadillas.

  • Elise Bauer

    Avocado Tuna Salad

    Upgrade your lunch! This Avocado Tuna Salad uses creamy avocado instead of mayo for a fresh and easy twist on the classic. Red onion and celery add some crunch, while lemon juice gives it some zing.

  • Elise Bauer

    Deviled Egg Salad

    Deviled eggs on their own are great, but turning them into a salad brings the flavors of paprika, hot sauce, onions, and salt and pepper together for a versatile, transportable, end-of-summer dish.

  • Elise Bauer

    Classic Carrot Salad

    15 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Try this traditional grated carrot salad with carrots, raisins, chopped apple and mayonnaise! It's one of the easiest salads to prepare, as well as being kid-friendly and good for you. Fantastic for Mother's Day, Easter, or picnic outdoors.

  • Elise Bauer

    Mom’s Easy Macaroni Salad

    When it's hot, cooking has to be at a bare minimum, right? This quick and easy macaroni salad with hard boiled egg, roasted red bell pepper, onion, mayonnaise, and paprika gives new life to your standard issue picnic macaroni salad!

  • Sally Vargas

    Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

    25 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Looking for a gluten-free breakfast that tastes great and is easy to make? Well, look no further than these Oatmeal Pancakes. No special ingredients required — just rolled oats!

  • Sheryl Julian

    Fattoush Bread Salad

    Middle Eastern Fattoush is a fresh and zesty salad made with crispy pita chips, fresh vegetables, and a tangy dressing. It only takes 30 minutes to make and is perfect for hot summer days.

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  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Gluten-Free Banana Bread

    1 hr, 5 min

    Allergy-Friendly, Gluten-Free

    This easy banana bread is moist and delicious—and just happens to be gluten-free. With this simple recipe and your favorite gluten-free flour on hand, no one will know the difference.

  • Sally Vargas

    Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

    15 min

    Healthy, Vegetarian

    Lunch just got easier. Pop open a can of chickpeas and make this vegetarian take on a chicken salad sandwich. It uses pantry staples and its loaded with fiber and protein. The best part? It’s delicious and it’s ready in about 15 minutes.

  • Sally Vargas

    Cucumber Sandwiches

    40 min

    Healthy, Vegetarian

    Simple, easy, and delicious cucumber tea sandwiches satisfy cravings for a light lunch or an afternoon snack. They are also the perfect party food! Whip up a batch for Mother’s Day, Easter, bridal showers, or baby showers.

  • Sally Vargas

    Easy Aioli

    10 min

    Dairy-Free, Low Carb

    Aioli is easy to make at home and serves as a garlicky, flavor-boosting accompaniment to vegetables, fish, BLTs, or fries. This mayo-like sauce is the extra special something you’ve been craving!

  • Sally Vargas

    Turmeric Fried Rice with Eggs and Kale

    30 min

    Healthy, Vegetarian

    This quick and easy dinner is Chinese fried rice with an Indian spin. Make it with ginger, cumin, and turmeric, toss in some kale and tomatoes, then top it with a fried egg and you have dinner served in 30 minutes.

  • Sheryl Julian

    Fattoush Bread Salad

    Middle Eastern Fattoush is a fresh and zesty salad made with crispy pita chips, fresh vegetables, and a tangy dressing. It only takes 30 minutes to make and is perfect for hot summer days.

  • Sally Vargas

    Classic Tuna Salad

    Scoop this quick and easy tuna salad over a bed of greens, sandwich it between slices of bread, add some cheese to make it a tuna melt, or snack on it with crackers. This creamy, crunchy tuna salad is the classic dish you’ve been craving.

  • Sara Bir

    Charred Skillet Broccoli

    15 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Got broccoli? This is the perfect veggie side dish for every occasion! Use it as a layer in veggie bowls or serve it with nearly any meat or seafood main.

  • Nick Evans

    Easy Vegetable Lo Mein

    This veggie-packed lo mein is a filling, super fast, super easy noodle stir fry. It uses staple vegetables like cabbage and carrots, with bell peppers for a pop of color. Use what you have on hand — lo mein is a great mix and match meal.

  • Sally Vargas

    No Knead Bread

    No need to knead! Only five minutes of hands-on time will yield a delicious, crusty, bakery-style loaf of bread. A long, slow rise builds flavor and texture so all you have to do is pop it in your Dutch oven, bake, and enjoy!

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Jamaican Banana Bread

    This banana bread is tender and flavorful, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and—the Jamaican essential spice—pimento (aka allspice). But the most memorable part? The plump, rum-soaked raisins speckled throughout every slice.

  • Summer Miller

    Strawberry Buttermilk Overnight Oats

    Overnight oats are a quick and easy way to eat a healthy breakfast. They take minutes to assemble the night before you need to eat them. Enjoy these fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Overnight Oats straight from the fridge.

  • Sally Vargas

    How to Make an Omelette

    6 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Never fear! Making an omelette at home is not difficult. With a few basic steps and a flip of the wrist you can pull this off in minutes. Fill it with whatever you have on hand—it's a great way to use up leftovers!

  • Marta Rivera


    Horchata is a classic agua fresca (fresh water) drink made from rice, a smooch of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla. Enjoy this cool and refreshing drink as it is or hype it up with a shot of rum to create a unique adult beverage.

  • Sally Vargas

    Homemade Flour Tortillas

    Homemade flour tortillas are easy to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. All it takes four simple ingredients (one is water) and about 1 hour – that includes a 30-minute rest time! No special equipment needed.

  • How to Make Kombucha at Home

    Here's a complete guide to making kombucha at home from homebrewing expert , from best ingredients and equipment to ways to flavor your finished booch. Making your own kombucha is easy and fun!

  • Nick Evans

    Loaded Baked Potatoes

    1 hr, 10 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy

    These LOADED baked potatoes turn a standard side dish into a full-on entrée. Packed with steamed broccoli, bacon, cheddar, sour cream, and chives, they are a meal on their own! They are quick to toss together, have a variety of different flavors and ingredients, and are economical to make in bulk.

  • Elise Bauer

    Mom’s Easy Macaroni Salad

    When it's hot, cooking has to be at a bare minimum, right? This quick and easy macaroni salad with hard boiled egg, roasted red bell pepper, onion, mayonnaise, and paprika gives new life to your standard issue picnic macaroni salad!

  • Coco Morante

    Green Cauliflower Rice

    25 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Cauliflower rice with spinach and fresh herbs is a healthy, quick, and easy weeknight side or main meal. Add some extra heft to this recipe by topping it with a fried egg, adding some tofu, or using it as the foundation for a burrito bowl.

  • Nick Evans

    Ambrosia Salad

    This Classic Ambrosia Salad recipe is a throwback to a simpler time. It’s just fruit, whipped cream, marshmallows, and almonds. Ambrosia salad is a light, airy, sweet treat.

  • Sally Vargas

    Skillet Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Carrots, and Greens

    1 hr

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo

    Crispy skillet chicken is cooked in a flavorful lemon broth and served on a bed of Swiss chard, potatoes, and carrots. This bistro-style oven braised chicken with vegetables has everything you love about cozy comfort food.

  • Elise Bauer

    Roast Beef

    4 hrs, 35 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    Classic roast beef recipe using rump roast, round roast, or sirloin tip. This slow roasting method at low heat is good for tougher cuts of beef; the lower heat prevents any gristle from getting too tough.

  • Elise Bauer

    Easy Shepherd’s Pie

    American favorite shepherd's pie recipe, casserole with ground beef, vegetables such as carrots, corn, and peas, topped with mashed potatoes.

  • Elise Bauer

    Baked Ziti

    Baked Ziti - classic Italian American comfort food of pasta baked with sausage, tomato sauce and all kinds of gooey, yummy cheeses. So EASY and so good!

  • Nick Evans

    Cheesy Potato Casserole

    Cheesy Potato Casserole without the canned cream of anything soup. This recipe relies on simple ingredients in your pantry to make a quick and easy cheese sauce. It sounds fancy, but don’t worry. It’s easy!

  • Elise Bauer

    Mom’s Turkey Soup

    Classic turkey soup recipe! Take what's left of the turkey carcass and make a delicious turkey soup with the leftover turkey to enjoy for days.

  • Elise Bauer

    How to Make Chicken Stock

    Three tried and true methods for making GREAT homemade chicken stock. One method involves simmering a chicken carcass with vegetables. The other methods require sautéing chopped pieces of backs and wings first, before simmering with water and veggies.

  • Elise Bauer

    Tuna Patties

    Quick, easy, delicious tuna patties! Best thing you can make with canned tuna. Kid-friendly, Budget-friendly.

  • Sally Vargas

    Loaf Pan Lasagna

    This small-batch weeknight lasagna comfortably serves two and is ready in half the time as a larger batch. Loaf Pan Lasagna is layered with chunky pieces of sausage and rustic-but-quick tomato sauce.

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Elise Bauer

    Hoppin’ John

    Hoppin' John! A classic Southern dish to celebrate New Year's. The black-eyed peas are for good fortune in the coming year.

  • Sally Vargas

    How to Make an Omelette

    6 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Never fear! Making an omelette at home is not difficult. Fill it with whatever you have on hand—it's a great way to use up leftovers!

  • Elise Bauer


    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

    Colcannon Potatoes are an Irish mashed potato recipe with mixed with greens and scallions and LOTS of butter and cream. You can't go wrong with this green-filled dish on St. Patrick's Day!

  • Elise Bauer

    Chicken Piccata

    Easy Chicken Piccata! Takes 20 minutes to make. Chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, served with sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and stock or wine.

  • Elise Bauer

    Southern Cornbread

    This savory cornbread recipe, or "Southern Cornbread," will teach you how to make cornbread with bacon drippings and then bake in a hot iron skillet.

  • Sara Bir

    How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Everything you ever wanted to know about making the very best grilled cheese sandwich! Mayo or butter? Open-faced or closed? Lid on or off? There's more to a good grilled cheese than you might think!

  • Elise Bauer

    Ham and Potato Soup

    This hearty Ham and Potato Soup is made with a ham shank or leftover ham bone and russet potatoes. Perfect for chilly weather!

77 Cheap And Easy Dinner Recipes So You Never Have To Cook A Boring Meal Again

You don't have to drop major dough to make something delicious for dinner&mdashsave money by choosing cheaper proteins like chicken, ground beef, and tilapia, or go vegetarian with bean-based meals. Whatever your style, these delish meals will please your entire fam without breaking the bank. Need more easy eats? Try these slow-cooker chicken dinners.

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The perfect cozy meal any time of the year.

With only 5 ingredients these black bean tostadas are the easiest and fastest meal to throw together.

Allowing the shrimp some time to marinate adds an extra layer of flavor to really make those five ingredients stretch.

Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling.

Hasselback your chicken stuff it with bacon and a creamy spinach and artichoke filling.

Budget-Friendly Healthy Recipes

Healthy dinners don't have to break the bank — use budget-friendly ingredients and these recipes for low-cost, high-flavor meals.

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Grilled Flank Steak, Portobello and Green Bean Salad

A balsamic marinade pulls double duty in Ellie&rsquos five-star recipe. The sauce tenderizes flank steak, a tougher cut of meat, while infusing the dish with delicious flavor.

White Chili

Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Chicken Enchilada Rice Bake

Convert rotisserie chicken into a healthy and delicious dinner for four with this tasty rice bake.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stretch half a pound of ground beef into a hearty dinner for four by mixing the meat with rice, cheese and sautéed veggies.

Aromatic Noodle Salad with Lime Peanut Sauce

New Orleans-Style Shrimp

This low-budget dish of shrimp, corn and tomatoes gets its bold flavor from Creole seasoning, an aromatic and spicy mixture that includes paprika, cayenne pepper, dried herbs, plus granulated onion and garlic.

Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken

Dried oregano, garlic and lemon turn a simple salad into a Greek-inspired option for dinner tonight. Top the finished greens with grilled chicken for a complete meal.

Barley Risotto With Ham and Mushrooms

Spicy Tofu and Vegetable Lo Mein

Fresh ginger adds great flavor to this 30-minute lo mein &mdash and as a bonus it contains gingerol, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Spinach and Egg Sandwiches

Skirt Steak With Roasted Root Vegetables

California Grain Salad

Frozen veggies and puffed cereal contribute flavor and texture to this budget-friendly grain bowl.

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Tropical Chicken Patties

Sheet Pan Fried Rice with Tofu

As Katie says, &ldquotofu is a great way to have a plant-based protein.&rdquo It takes on the flavors that it&rsquos cooked with, especially in Katie&rsquos super-simple sheet pan fried rice. Bonus? Her recipe calls for cooked rice, so hold onto those leftovers!

Peanut Noodles with Pork

Don&rsquot let a half-empty jar of peanut butter go to waste &mdash use it as the sauce for this healthy and satisfying noodle dish.

Healthy One-Pot Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Knock out a pasta dinner with a rich Parmesan-and-cream-cheese tomato sauce in just one pan.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Thanks to your Instant Pot, this inexpensive dinner is actually better than takeout. Canned tomatoes and just a cup of chicken broth (which you may already have in the fridge), combine to make an easy sauce for this classic Italian dish.

Chicken and Egg Soup with Pastina

Have leftover rotisserie chicken at home? Use it to make this Greek-inspired soup, which relies on fresh lemon and dill for its bright and bold flavor.

Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs

Eggs are one of the best proteins to buy on a budget because they&rsquore filling, versatile and easy to cook. Eat them for lunch or dinner as a topping on this 15-minute fried rice.

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Frugal Favorites

There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying every bite of a meal that's saving you money! Here are a few more recipes -- some of our personal favorites -- for the frugal cook inside all of us. From pizza pockets and skillet meals to stuffed peppers and pork chops, there is truly a dish for every preference below.

Sometimes most of your budget can go to snacking! Stop the cycle with this Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets recipe. It's cheap and addictively delicious.

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This Cheesy Scalloped Pork Chops recipe is a hearty, comforting dinner. Make both your side dish and your pork chops at the same time with no fuss.

This Beefed Up Ramen Noodle Bake tastes like is like a cross between lasagna and American chop suey. And, of course, any recipe with ramen noodles is going to be delightfully inexpensive!

Don't spend $20 or more ordering delivery pizza! Make this super easy and MUCH cheaper pizza at home with a fun Tex-Mex twist. You might not have thought of taco pizza when you thought "poor man meals,' but this is truly one of our favorites.

These nice, simple meatballs are just as good as the ones your grandmother used to make. Top them off with plenty of ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese, and you have a perfect dinner.

One pan. One hour. Dinner is ready! This Creamy Tortellini Skillet will bring out the inner Italian in any chef. Pasta is inexpensive, but it sure does taste good!

This hearty recipe for Amish Sausage-Stuffed Green Peppers is packed with nutrients and protein. It'll fill you up, and the leftovers are wonderful served cold or hot.

Make this 10-Minute Peanut Butter Skillet Granola for a quick, sweet, crunchy, salty, fast snack recipe. It's great as a breakfast on the go or as a filler between meals!

Rise and shine and take a bite out of these Handheld Breakfast Quesadillas! Shake up your morning routine with this flavorful, bold breakfast on the go.


Eat deliciously for less with these collections of budget-friendly feasting!

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Beef on a Budget? Yes!

These pocketbook-friendly recipes place beef in the spotlight! Taste how great saving a little green can be with this collection of meal ideas.

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These high-ranked recipes come in at less than $10 per recipe. Now that’s a winning combo!

Budget Friendly Sandwiches

These supper-worthy sandwiches are sure to become family favorites!

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Spending less than $10 to make dinner for four or more is a treat for the pocket book and the taste buds!

Budget Busters Appetizers

Everyone looks forward to those little-bites before the big meal. These appetizers are sure to "wow" your guests without breaking the bank!

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Budget family recipes

Cheap, quick and easy family meals to help you stay on budget. Try these budget-friendly stews, soups, bakes and more cheap recipes.

We all know how hard it is to keep food costs down when you have an entire family to feed! From cheap dinner ideas to quick and easy breakfast and lunch options, we've got loads of ideas to feed your family for less.

Cheap meals don't have to be boring either! Say goodbye to beans every week and put together a tempting menu in minutes with these delicious recipes.

We'll show you how to use clever tricks to transform basic ingredients like chicken, potato, rice, beef mince, sausages and pasta into scrummy meals that you'll want to make again and again. It's incredible what a good sauce can do!

Most of these family favourites are pretty healthy too, helping you find new ways to persuade your kids to eat vegetables. Most of the recipes below are kid-friendly meals that the whole family can enjoy &ndash but there are definitely some delicious date night options in there, too!

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You can also get even more clever cooking ideas by checking out our budget meal planner or our top tips for cheaper meals.

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Storing leftsovers for another meal will also help to stretch your weekly budget. We like this set of plastic containers ideal for storing all types of food. See more details here at Wilko.

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Beverage Mixes Index
Nearly 100 Beverage and Assorted Drink Mix Recipes- money-saving mix recipes for flavored coffee, cocoa, tea, flavored creamers, cappuccino recipes and more

Assorted Drink Mixes Index
Choose from several of our most favored assorted Drink Recipes

Coffee/Cappuccino Mixes Index
Enjoy the rich taste of delicious gourmet coffees without the expensive price tag. These tried and true favorites make lovely gifts for all ages.

Cocoa/Hot Chocolate Mixes Index
Try one of our deliciously rich hot chocolate and hot cocoa mix recipes

Creamer Mixes Index
Creamer mixes are an easy way to enhance your favorite mug of Joe! These recipes are tried and true favorites that our members have shared over the years.

Tea Mixes Index
Create your own delicious tea mixes for various times of the year. These make lovely additions to gift baskets, college care packages, military care packages as well as for having on hand for everyday use.

Bread Mixes Index
Bread making can seem like a daunting task, but it’s as simple as measuring a little bit of flour into a baggie. Here is our collection of tried and true bread recipes, from quick breads to yeast breads– these simple mixes will have you serving fresh bread from the oven with little effort.

Breakfast Mixes Index
Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day, but eating cold cereal gets rather boring fairly quickly. Here are several tried and true breakfast mixes that can be made ahead of time. These also make lovely additions to gift baskets, care packages, etc.

Cake in a Mug
This is a wonderful recipe for single people, college kids, after school snacks, etc. They make lovely gifts and are delicious.

Cake Mixes Index
Creating your own delicious homemade cake mixes to have on hand in your pantry not only saves you money, but they’re also a great option for those who are striving to eat fewer preservatives and artificial coloring. These delicious choices offer a less expensive, healthier alternative to their store-bought counterparts.

Condiments Recipes Index
Condiments can have a lot of adder fillers, coloring, excess sweeteners as well as high levels of sodium! Here are some homemade “make your own” recipes for your favorite condiments.

Cone Mixes Index
If you’re seeking a unique gift that the kids can help create, Cone Mixes offer a novel way to present a gift and they are relatively simple to make. Cone mixes make lovely gifts for babysitters, teachers, as well as friends and neighbors.

Convenience Mixes Index
Welcome, these particular recipes are designed for gift giving, families, single persons, and everyday use to cut down on your grocery bill.

Cookie & Bar Mixes Index
Cookie Mixes and Dessert Bar Mixes in Jar- over 100+ Homemade cookies, you can make ahead of time for quick & delicious desserts, snacks or inexpensive handmade gifts!

Copycat & Clones Index
Do you wish you could eat out every night, but find that with your current budget you can’t afford to eat out once a month?! Now you can enjoy the taste of your favorite restaurant dish in your own dining room. These are not the actual recipes, but the taste is so close your taste buds won’t know the difference!

Diabetic Mixes Index
Create your own delicious make-ahead diabetic-friendly snacks and treats

Dips Mixes Index
Create your own delicious homemade dip mixes to have on hand for a quick and easy snack, appetizer or as a great, inexpensive homemade gift idea for friends and family.

Dehydrated/ Dried Mixes Index
Take advantage of sales or in-season fruits, vegetables and meats to create delicious stores of healthy, inexpensive foods.

Dressing Mixes Index
Spruce up your favorite salad, greens or veggie side dishes with an enticing selection of homemade dressing recipes! Choose from a wide selection of homemade dip mix recipes to serve at your next gathering or as a simple inexpensive family snack.

Easy Bake Oven Mixes Index
It’s no surprise that children love to spend time in the kitchen. What better way to spend time with your children, have fun & at the same time give them skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives. Here are a few make-ahead mix recipes to get the creative (belly) juices flowing…

Jar Gift Mixes Index
Creating beautiful gifts from the heart is fun, inexpensive and unique. Jar mixes can be created using ANY type of mix recipe, including potting mixes for the gardening enthusiast.

Gift Basket Meal Mixes Index
Each year it seems to get increasingly more difficult to find gifts for all of those on our holiday list. Do you find yourself wondering what to give those households of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, cousins, etc in your family?

Gluten Free Mixes
By popular demand, we have gone to great lengths to find some wheat free & gluten-free mixes to help those with a budget in mind… These mix recipes can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the pantry for convenience.

Muffin Mixes Index
Choose from over 60+ Delicious Tried and true recipes and create your own delicious Muffin Mixes to have on hand, or as a lovely addition to care packages, gift baskets, housewarming gifts and more

Mug & Cup Mixes Index
Welcome, these particular recipes are designed for Individuals, single servings, Mug Gifts for all ages, College Students, After-School Snacks, etc. They’re great for all occasions and make a lovely addition to gift baskets, meal baskets & get well baskets & Fundraisers. See Additional Ideas for Mugs

These. are recipes of items that you often purchase at the store (for lots of money) that can be made at home for just pennies. Sometimes the MYO items are things that you are out of but need in order to complete a recipe. These are all Tried-n-True (tnt).

Popcorn Mixes Index
Make your own Gourmet Popcorn, choose from any of these delicious Gourmet Popcorn Recipes
A quick note about popcorn- all corn that is labeled organic by law is GMO-free.

Pudding Mixes Index
Create your own delicious Pudding Mixes in Various flavors to keep on hand. These flavorful tried and true recipes are loaded with flavor, not coloring and fillers.

Sauce Mixes Index
Create your own easy Sauce mixes to have on hand for a money-saving last-minute addition to a meal, or as an addition to a gift basket or care package.

Seasoning & Spice Mixes Index
Homemade seasonings are generally less expensive than store-bought mixes, you can control the ingredients (and eliminate the fillers such as MSG, Gluten, modified food starches, partially hydrogenated oils, silicon dioxide, and so-called natural flavorings. (Which aren’t exactly “natural”.)

Side Dish Mixes Index
Purchasing those “convenient” individual side dish mixes at your local grocery store can take a large chunk out of your monthly grocery budget. Here is a selection of do it yourself side dish mix recipes that you can throw together and keep on hand. They also make lovely additions to gift baskets, care packages, and meal baskets.

Soup Mixes Index
Create your own Soup Mix Recipes- Choose from a variety of nearly 60 soup blends for any occasion. Whether for home use or for additions to gift baskets and care packages, these homemade make-ahead soup mix recipes are sure to please any palate.

Easy dinner recipes that are budget-friendly are possible

There are endless easy meals to make that won’t break the bank. The problem is, sometimes you just forget or are at a loss for inspiration on how to come up with your inexpensive dinner ideas. Hopefully, this list gave you some awesome ideas and gets you out of the same dinner rut (and keeps you from needlessly having to overspend).

Budget meals don’t have to be a pain when you get a little internet recipe savvy and start saving money on food along the way. If you know of any cheap food recipes worth mentioning, make sure you mention them below.