One of the easiest ways to cut back on meal costs is to simplify your ingredients. If you can make a tasty recipe with fewer ingredients, you will probably spend less money. Often this involves slow-cooking, which intensifies flavor and tenderizes less costly cuts of meat.
Here are some great recipe links to get you started. All the recipes have 5 ingredients or fewer, not counting salt and pepper. Add an easy side dish, like a frozen vegetable and rice, and you’ll be able to save (or give!) more money and spend less on food.
- Easy Pineapple Chicken
- Sour Cream and Bacon Crockpot Chicken
- Barbecue Burgers
- Classic Crispy Baked Chicken
- Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Drumsticks (we won’t count water as an ingredient, right?!)
- A-1 and Dijon Steak*
- Crockpot Rice Meatballs
- French Chicken
- Cream Cheese Chicken
- Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
- 4-Ingredient Salmon
- Garlic and Onion Bratwurst*
- Baked Ziti Casserole
- Maple Cabbage and Bacon
- Parmesan Fish
*If you don’t use alcohol in your cooking, you should skip these recipes.
And here are a few fun recipes from our friends on Facebook.
Cabbage skillet: brown 1lb. hamburger with chopped onion, then add 2 cans drained Rotel and one small green cabbage sliced into ribbons. Add salt & pepper, cover, and cook until cabbage is tender. Serve over rice, with or without a slice of American cheese melted between. – from Nicole H.
Caramel Apple salad: Core and chop 4-5 Granny Smith apples, add 1 medium can of crushed pineapple with the juice & mix together. Sprinkle 1 box of butterscotch instant pudding (regular or sugar free), stir together. Stir in one 8 – 12 oz tub of cool whip. Chill before serving. (I don’t peel the apples but you can if you need to do so.). – from Becky M.
Have a favorite 5-ingredient-or-less recipe? Leave it for us in the comments! I’d love to have a few more in my arsenal for dinners.