Money is always tight at this time of year as Christmas is just around the corner.

So cooking healthy but cheap recipes is at the top of my ‘to do’ list.

Here are 10 of the cheapest meals I have that are on high-rotation in my household!

1. Golden Bake – The One Dish Wonder

This Golden Bake recipe is very frugal, very simple, very delicious! It’s very similar to a Shepherd’s Pie.

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2. Porcupine Mince Balls

Porcupine Mince Balls are like a bulked up Spaghetti Bolognaise recipe and a firm family favourite! It involves rolling meatballs in rice, and letting the rice cook in the juices – Just remember to have enough liquid so your rice isn’t crunchy! No one like crunchy rice! We have two versions here for you to try.

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3. Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf 

Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf is a yummy, easy, healthy dinner. This doesn’t have the guilt of traditional meatloaf, add a dollop of greek yoghurt, a garden salad and you have a delicious healthy meal for the family.

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4. Sausage Stroganoff

Always looking for new and different ways to serve snags? Look no further. Sausage Stroganoff works well with beef or pork sausages and is a great ‘kid friendly’ version of the regular beef stroganoff!

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5. Faster Pasta 

This meal, which I call ‘Faster Pasta‘ is not only fast (you can make it in under 12 minutes) – but is also incredibly frugal.  I can feed this to my family of four for only a few dollars!.  Good for making something quick, easy and delicious. Perfect for a week night meal.

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6. Sour Cream Quiche

This recipe for Sour Cream Quiche only contains three base ingredients!  I love it with broccoli too and it makes for a wonderful vegetarian dish.  Of course, you can add some bacon, onion, grated cheese, mushrooms, corn, capsicum etc if you so desire.

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7. Cheesy Beef and Macaroni Bake

Cheesy Beef and Macaroni Bake is a recipe the whole family will enjoy and it costs under $10 to make so it is easy on the hip pocket!  Good way to fill up hungry tummies!


8. Cheap And Simple Chicken Piccata

It’s always smart to have a chicken recipe or two under your belt, which is why we’re fans of this Chicken Piccata. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually just a method for cooking the meat, and serving it with a sauce. You can eat this chicken with just about anything, but we love it with roast vegetables, cauliflower rice or a nice lush salad.

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9. Lemon Risotto

Lemon Risotto is a very fresh and filling meal that is frugal too.  It will easily feed a family of four for under $10 – with leftovers! This is a great recipe for weeks when the budget is tight, and it’s sure to fill any belly! For the price estimates here we’ve used a large national supermarket, but it’s possible (and highly encouraged) for you to look around at your local farmers market, local butcher or at discount grocers. You’re likely to find many of these ingredients even cheaper there

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10. Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup For Under $10

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup is great for those cold winter nights — warms our tummies well! It is easy to make and tastes a-maaa-zing. Not to mention it comes together for under $10, which for those tight budget weeks, is exactly what you need. You can serve it with a side of bread and a dollop of sour cream. And best of all – it freezes beautifully!

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All these dinners will feed a family of four for under $3!  Cheap as chips!

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