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Cheap Dinner Ideas to Have Happy Faces All Around the Table

It is quite difficult to plan a meal for a gathering that is delicious as well as within one's budget.
Rajib Singha
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Healthy and mouth-watering foods don't have to be always expensive. With some smart tips at hand, you can give your friends and family a wholesome treat with the lowest of budget. Let us look at some recipes that you can prepare by yourself.
For Family
  • Macaroni, cooked - 1 pound
  • Ground turkey - 1 pound
  • Eggs - 2
  • Ricotta cheese - 1 pound
  • Spaghetti sauce - 24 - 26 ounces
  • Parmesan cheese, grated - ½ cup
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded - 2 cups
  • Zucchini, diced - 2 cups
  • Salt and pepper
Mix the eggs, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Before this, you can fry the meat until brown, and drain the oil. When the meat has been cooked, add macaroni, sauce, and zucchini to it. After mixing it well, add the previous mix of ricotta cheese and blend well.
Spread half of the macaroni mixture over the bottom of a baking pan. Top with a cup of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese. Add some more macaroni mixture and top it with mozzarella and sprinkle Parmesan. Cover with a foil. After heating the oven for 250 ºF, bake the prepared mixture for about 20 minutes. Cook until the cheese on top is brown.
  • Eggs - 4
  • Peanut oil - 1 cup
  • Chicken thighs - 6 pieces
  • Rice, cooked
  • Frozen peas and beans sprouts
  • Broccoli and soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
Stir fry the eggs in the oil and keep it aside in a separate dish. In the same oil, fry the meat until cooked. Add rice, beans, peas, broccoli, eggs, and soy sauce. Serve hot.
For Two
  • Chicken Soup, cream - 8 oz. can
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 4
  • Sour cream - 8 oz. tub
  • Butter - 4 tablespoons
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded - 1 pack
After preheating the oven at 350 ºF, boil the chicken until cooked through. Make a mix of sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Put the mix in the bottom of a casserole. Cut the cooked chicken into small pieces. Add these pieces to the mix of the sour cream and chicken soup.
Top the meat with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover the dish after crushing the crackers. Distribute the butter loosely over the top of the dish. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes and serve.
For 6-8 People
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced - 1cup
  • Onion, chopped - 1
  • Garlic, mined - 2 cloves
  • Farfalle, dried - 6 ounces
  • Spinach, sliced - 4 cups
  • Thyme - 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded - 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil - 1 tablespoon
While the farfalle is getting cooked according to the package directions, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, fry the mushrooms with onion and garlic and cook until the mushrooms get tender.
Add spinach, thyme and pepper. Cook until the spinach is slightly wilted. Add in the cooked farfalle and mix by tossing gently. Serve after sprinkling with cheese.
  • Chicken, skinned and roasted - 1 (cut into bite-size)
  • Spinach leaves, shredded - 4 cups
  • Lemon - 1
  • Orzo pasta, dried - 8 ounces
Cook the pasta according to directions and drain. Cut the lemon in half and peel it. Reserve the other half. Add lemon peel and spinach to the orzo and toss. Season the mix with salt and black pepper.
Serve the orzo mix in plates and place chicken pieces over the mix. Cut the reserve half of the lemon into wedges. Finally serve the dish with these wedges.
Heap of raw orzo pasta
Edible Mushrooms
Bowl of chicken soup
Peanut and oil
Bowl of macaroni and cheese