Cooking on a budget doesn’t mean you have to cut back on flavour. Many of these recipes call for a big batch, or can easily be doubled to stretch leftovers into brown-bag lunches your coworkers may just be tempted to steal. Here are some delicious meals that your belly (and wallet) are going to love.
Tofu Black Bean Burger with Curry Mayo
A burger made of tofu and black beans might make purists weep, but it’s a perfect low-fat twist on a traditional burger.
Ina Garten’s Salmon Cakes
Brighten up a family favourite by adding red onions, capers, peppers, crunchy bread crumbs, mayo and a healthy dash of hot sauce. This recipe calls for fresh salmon, but we’re sure Ina wouldn’t mind if you subbed in the budget-friendly canned version. Here are more of The Barefoot Contessa’s best spring recipes.
Cheddar Cauliflower & Potato Soup
This fully-loaded cauliflower, potato and cheddar soup is packed with flavour and happens to be easy on the wallet.
Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza
Inexpensive meals can be a lot of fun, and these baked zucchini bites prove that they can also be healthy.
Switch to Cheaper Cuts
Chicken thighs are a budget-friendly alternative to chicken breasts in many recipes. You’ll love the extra flavour in this juicy cut, plus the steep discount when you buy in bulk.
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Vegetarian Chili with Butternut Squash
This veggie-filled chili happens to freeze really well, so double up the recipe and save the rest for a rainy day. Just add fresh herbs, cheese and a squeeze of lime to liven it up.
White Fish & Navy Bean Cassoulet
Bargain hunters, make this dish immediately. Not just because it costs a mind-boggling 66 cents per person to make (which it does), but because you never thought cassoulet could be deemed a cheap meal.