Finding Budget Dinner Recipes That Suit You

Finding good quality budget dinner recipes isn’t an easy task, however thankfully there are a number of avenues that you can pursue that will help you find just the right budget dinner recipes that will suit you and your family’s needs.

To start with, have you ever thought about trying one of those cheap dinner recipes that they have in the supermarkets? You can find them located on the shelves, usually in the fruit and vegetable section. These recipes often contain tasty, delicious meals, that should cost no more than a few dollars to prepare. If done correctly, you can reheat these meals and enjoy them again without having to worry about waste.

Another technique that you might consider is searching the internet for good quality recipes. There are often a number of sites that list some delicious budget dinner recipes that are simple and straightforward to prepare. These budget recipes are often of a high quality, and designed for all levels of frugal chefs, meaning that you shouldn’t have any troubles preparing a delicious and healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Some of the best budget dinner recipes are those passed down in old cookbooks. Sure there are a lot of new magazines and books out there that offer some decent dinner recipes, but you’d be quite surprised to find that a lot of traditional cookbooks have some great and ideal dinner recipes that shouldn’t cost too much. You can often reuse a lot of these meals for left overs, and eat them for breakfast, or freeze them.

Speaking of freezing, when you’re searching for budget dinner recipes, search for recipes that will allow you to freeze some food. It is often a good idea to cook a little excess just in case if hungry mouths want to eat a little more than normal, and if they don’t, rather than having to worry about throwing out the excess food, you can instead freeze it and eat it later.

Hopefully this article has given you some tips and ideas that you can use in preparing budget dinner recipes that are suitable for your budget. Finding the right meal that suits you can be difficult, but after experimenting with a few different dishes, you should eventually find a meal that is just right for you and your family.

Remember one thing, and that’s that saving can be as easy as you make it. Buy primarily dry foods, and only buy fresh produce when you know that you’ll be eating it quickly. This will help reduce waste and lower the costs of your meals.

Dinner Recipes For 2

Finding dinner recipes for 2 can be difficult, but creating meals for two does not have to. All it takes is a little planning and you will find it easy with great results. In this article I will share with you how to cook a pork roast, one of my favorite recipes that may take a bit longer to cook, but is easy to prepare and tastes awesome.

Pork Roast With Garlic and Rosemary

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lb. pork sirloin roast
  • 3 large garlic cloves; cut lengthwise into slivers
  • Leaves of one sprig of fresh rosemary (about 3 dozen leaves)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a small sharp, pointed knife, cut 10 to 12 deep slits/pockets into the top of the roast. (The slits should be randomly spaced.)
  3. Stuff each slit with a sliver of garlic and a leaf or two of rosemary.
  4. Season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Once the oil is hot (you will see wisps of steam rising) add roast and brown well on all sides.
  7. Transfer roast to a rack in a small roasting pan, place in center of oven, and cook until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F. – 60 to 70 minutes.
  8. Turn roast over at 30 minute mark.
  9. Place roast on a cutting board, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  10. Slice and serve. The meat should be a very pale pink color.

Tips:

The common problem with pork roast is over-cooking which causes the pork to be dry and bland. People are worried about trichinosis and think that over-cooking will solve the problem. However, trichinosis is actually killed at about 132 degrees F. If you follow this recipe, you will pack the pork with garlic and rosemary, brown it in olive oil, and then roast it slowly to perfect medium without making it dry.

If you prefer, you can tie the roast before cooking it. The purpose of this is to keep the shape of the pork uniform for even cooking. It also keeps the garlic and rosemary from falling out of the slits.

Also, if you have time, you can get all the seasoning and hole-punching done the night before. Then wrap well and refrigerate overnight. This allows the flavors to mellow better.

A suggestion for the leftovers is to add some of the shredded pork to your favorite Cheese Quesadillas recipe. It tastes great when served with a nice Tomato Basil Soup.

Try this recipe and you will find that it is easy to create your meal with dinner recipes for 2.

Where To Find Dinner Recipes For 2:

If you are looking particularly for recipes for two, you can find them at a couple of places. For instance, pillsbury.com has a section where it covers a list of dinner recipes for people who are cooking for two. Also, you can go to Amazon to look for a cookbook titled “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two” by best-selling and award-winning author Beth Hensperger.

Quick Easy Dinner Recipes – Mexican Style!

We all want quick and easy recipes for dinner but also want something that is flavorful, easy on the budget and something the whole family will enjoy. Here are some easy quick easy dinner recipes with some Mexican flair!

Enchilada Casserole

This is a fun, kid friendly enchilada type recipe. Kids and adults alike love the crunch of the tortilla chips. If you want to make this recipe extra quick, use the dehydrated onion flakes rather than chopping fresh onions.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 package enchilada seasoning mix
1 can tomato soup
1 ½ c shredded cheese
½ c chopped onion (or 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes)
1 can cream of chicken soup
Tortilla chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown meat and onion, draining any fat. Add soups, enchilada seasoning mix and ½ cup water.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the pan, then put some coarsely-crushed chips, then half of the cheese. Repeat layer ending with cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes.

To round out this meal, just serve with a fresh, crisp green salad with your favorite dressing. If you feel like you need a little more, open a can of refried beans, put in a microwave safe dish and warm in the microwave. Serve on the side.

Taco Noodle Bake

Here is another one of my quick easy dinner recipes that combines the favorite flavors of tacos and macaroni & cheese. This recipe is definitely family friendly and especially budget friendly.

Ingredients:

1 package macaroni & cheese dinner
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
¾ cup water
¾ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup salsa

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare macaroni & cheese as directed on the package.

While the macaroni is cooking, brown meat. Drain any fat. Add the taco seasoning and water, simmer 5 minutes.

Once the macaroni & cheese is prepared, add sour cream.

Put half of the macaroni and cheese into an 8 inch square baking dish. Spread with the meat mixture and 1 cup of the cheese. Top with the remaining macaroni & cheese.

Cover and bake for 15 minutes.

Put salsa and remaining cheese on top. Bake, uncovered for 5 minutes.

To round out this dinner, serve with a fresh, crisp salad and your favorite dressing or with green beans. If you feel you need a little extra, warmed rolls would also be a nice addition.

Both of these quick easy dinner recipes would be excellent served with a special but easy dessert. Vanilla ice cream drizzled with warmed chocolate sauce and a cookie would be the perfect finish to a perfect dinner!