Tasty Dishes when on a Budget

Some recipes are so tempting that it’s difficult to remember that we have a budget to stick to. Not to worry though, because there are always great alternatives to homemade foie gras and ceviche which don’t require the same pricey ingredients. If your budget it especially stringent, you should compile a list of cheap eats that you can always refer to. Read on to get some ideas of tasty things that you can prepare on a budget.

Baked Chicken

If you don’t have an oven, you’ve made a mistake somewhere. An oven is your best friend if you have to watch your expenditure. All it takes is an oven-safe pan and a bunch of raw food that you want to see cooked, 30 minutes of waiting, and there you’ll have it. Baked chicken is a safe and tasty classic. Set the pieces of chicken in an oiled roasting pan, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure to scrape up the juices and drippings to prepare gravy, because a cook on a budget lets nothing go to waste.

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Hot Dogs

No, it’s not what you expect, but yes, you could just grill up some dogs. But let’s get creative instead. Slice the hot dogs into finger-thick discs, and heat a sauce pan with butter. Dice up some onions and begin frying them. Add the hot dog discs and sprinkle a bit of yellow or red curry powder over them with salt. When they turn golden crispy, remove them from the heat and add sour cream. They go well with plain pasta.

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Corn Fritters!

Any dish that involves batter and frying with traditional ingredients is going to be good to your budget. This dish is especially tasty. The batter consists of instant pancake mix, water, cornmeal, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin and black pepper. You see where we’re going with this? Add jalapeno dices, cooked corn kernels and diced bell pepper. Form the batter into little balls and fry in a saucepan of 2-inch oil.


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Louisiana Beans

Staple foods are going to be your friend when you’re on a tight budget, and beans are staple kings. These chili beans are particularly delicious because they take simplicity and spice it up with jalapenos, chili powder and parsley. First, combine cooked pinto beans and rice. Then sauté chopped onions and garlic in a saucepan, and in the same pan fry the ground beef to one side. Add chopped jalapenos and spices to the sautéing mix, and then combine it all, adding salt to taste.

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Tuna Pasta

There are countless ways to prepare a tuna pasta, but the important aspect of this dish is that its variable ingredients can fit well into any budget. For the true budgeter, all you’ll need is garlic, onions, olive oil, one can of tuna, salt, pepper, and whatever spices and herbs you see fit (cayenne and fresh basil are best). Go with spiral or shell pasta. While the pot is cooking, sauté the onions and garlic in butter or olive oil. You might like to add fresh tomatoes as well. Add the tuna once the onions are translucent, and sprinkle salt, pepper, cayenne, and basil. Pour the sauce over your pasta and there you have it!

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