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15 Budget-Friendly Recipes to Ease Post-Holiday Spending

15 Budget-Friendly Recipes to Ease Post-Holiday Spending

Hey there, fellow foodies! Guess what? It’s time to shake off those post-holiday wallet woes and jump headfirst into some super savvy, budget-friendly cooking. Who says you’ve got to spend big to eat well? Not me! I’ve got 15 amazing, budget friendly recipes here on Hip Mama’s Place that are all about big flavors without the hefty price tags. Think of these recipes as your playground in the kitchen – a place to play around with ingredients that are kind to your wallet and your taste buds. 

So, let’s roll up our sleeves, get that apron on, and transform our budget blues into a flavor fiesta. Are you ready to whip up some magic in the kitchen? Let’s do this!

15 Budget Friendly Recipes to Ease Post-Holiday Spending

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1. Easy One Skillet Cheesy Rice and Beans: This dish is a hearty, comforting meal perfect for a quick dinner. The combination of rice and beans provides a complete protein, making it affordable and nutritious. For a more budget-friendly version, you can use canned beans on hand, swap out the cheese for a cheaper variety, or whatever you have in the fridge​​.

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2. Easy Chicken Divan Casserole: This casserole combines tender chicken and broccoli in a creamy sauce, topped with a crispy breadcrumb layer. Chicken thighs can be used instead of breast meat for a more economical choice. Frozen broccoli can also be a cost-effective substitute for fresh, and you can use homemade breadcrumbs to save further​​.

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3. One-Pan Garlic Herb Butter Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus: This meal is a flavorful combination of chicken, potatoes, and asparagus, all cooked together for ease. To make it more budget-friendly, consider using drumsticks or thighs instead of breast meat, and substitute asparagus with any seasonal green vegetable that’s more affordable​​.

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4. Sheet Pan Chicken with Artichokes and Potatoes: This easy sheet pan meal features chicken, artichokes, and potatoes. You can use canned artichokes instead of fresh ones for a less expensive version. Additionally, sweet potatoes can be an excellent substitute for regular potatoes, offering a different flavor profile and often being more affordable​​.

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5. Easy Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole: This dish elevates mashed potatoes with added cheese and toppings. Mix potatoes and other root vegetables like carrots or turnips to make it cheaper. Bulk it with inexpensive ingredients like onions or canned corn for extra flavor and texture​​.

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6. Easy Chicken Parmesan Meatballs: These meatballs offer a twist on the classic chicken parmesan with a mozzarella center. Ground turkey can be a less expensive alternative to ground chicken. Also, consider using homemade breadcrumbs and a simple tomato sauce to cut costs​​.

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7. Easy and Quick Tuna Noodle Casserole: This classic comfort dish combines tuna, noodles, and a creamy sauce. For a more economical version, use generic brand canned tuna and pasta. You can also mix frozen vegetables, like corn or green beans, to add nutrition without much cost​​.

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8. Easy Baked Spaghetti: This comforting dish is a creative spin on traditional spaghetti. To make it budget-friendly, use leftover pasta or whatever you have. Bulk up the dish with more vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms, and use a simple homemade tomato sauce instead of store-bought​​.

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9. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings: Chicken wings are a crowd-pleaser, and cooking them in the air fryer reduces oil costs and calories. For a budget-friendly version, you can buy chicken wings in bulk and freeze them for later use. Season them with basic pantry spices instead of buying unique mixes. The air fryer’s quick cooking time and easy clean-up make this recipe convenient.

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10. Pumpkin Ground Beef Casserole: Economical and hearty, this casserole melds the sweetness of pumpkin with savory ground beef. For a more budget-friendly version, consider using canned pumpkin and switch ground beef for ground turkey or even lentils. It’s easy because it’s a one-pot dish, perfect for a hassle-free dinner.

budget friendly dinner recipes

11. Quick and Easy Chicken Stir Fry: This stir fry is not just about tossing chicken and veggies in a pan; it’s a canvas for whatever is in your fridge! Swap in affordable seasonal veggies and opt for chicken thighs instead of breast for a cheaper yet equally tasty meal.

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12. Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side: A gourmet dish that doesn’t require spending. Use smaller chicken and bulk up the dish with mushrooms and onions. The simplicity of the cooking process makes it easy and light on the pocket.

budget friendly dinner recipes

13. Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Cauliflower: Using an air fryer, this recipe transforms cauliflower into a delightful, crispy side dish. The cauliflower is seasoned with garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper for a simple yet flavorful taste. It’s a healthy and quick option, perfect for those who enjoy experimenting with their air fryer. 

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14. Oven Baked Gnocchi: Transform store-bought gnocchi into a luxurious meal. Add in some spinach or frozen veggies for an extra nutritional punch without the extra cost. Baking means less active cooking time, making it an easy choice.

family friendly recipes on a budget

15. Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Stew: Slow cookers are the secret weapon for easy, flavorful meals. Use bone-in chicken pieces, which are often cheaper, and throw in any root veggies you have on hand. The slow cooker does all the work, giving you a flavorsome stew with minimal effort.

And there we have it, my friends. We’ve just explored some simple, family friendly recipes on a budget that delight your taste buds. Take the Pumpkin Ground Beef Casserole, a perfect example of how you don’t need to spend big to enjoy delicious meals. Now, it’s your turn to jump in. Fire up that stove or air fryer, and let the fun begin! 

Remember to share your culinary masterpieces with friends and family; food is always tastier when enjoyed with laughter and great company. So, happy cooking, friends – let’s turn our kitchens into the most joyful spots in our homes! 


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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 01/14/2024 / 8:40 pm

    These are just the recipes we need this time of year. I think my family would enjoy most of these.

  2. 01/13/2024 / 9:57 am

    Your site has always been my inspiration. I love your work, your recipes, and how I wish I got the time to do the same. But whenever I see your blog, it inspires me again and again to continue, think of recipes to make and share in my own blog.

  3. Neely Moldovan
    01/12/2024 / 8:19 pm

    Not only do I need more meal ideas but I need them budget friendly!

  4. 01/11/2024 / 10:29 pm

    So important to balance your budget after the holidays! We’re on saving mode! Thanks for all the awesome meal tips!

  5. Zab Zaria
    01/11/2024 / 10:21 am

    I am so impressed with your collection of budget-friendly recipes. There are so many beautiful and interesting ingredients used in them!

  6. Barbie Ritzman
    01/11/2024 / 5:56 am

    There are so many yummy recipes here, but I can’t stop looking at the Easy One Skillet Cheesy Rice and Beans, it’s so appetizing!

  7. Vidya
    01/11/2024 / 1:14 am

    great ideas all. i often make one pot rice and beans and pasta bakes for a filling and warm meal

  8. Luna S
    01/11/2024 / 12:22 am

    I love this! I am always looking for ways to save on meals for my family. Thanks for putting this together and sharing it.

  9. 01/10/2024 / 11:12 pm

    These casseroles look delicious and easy enough to make! They would be great for meal planning too if you’re cooking for less people.

  10. 01/10/2024 / 10:32 pm

    All the recipes look delicious, but I really want to try the easy one skillet cheesy rice and beans and the slow cooker hearty chicken stew dinners.

  11. 01/10/2024 / 8:31 pm

    I love this strategy of cutting back after the holidays. It is nice to recoup some money that was spent and to be more frugal especially on grocery bills.

  12. Catalina
    01/10/2024 / 7:26 pm

    I’m all about saving after the holidays, and these recipes are a lifesaver! The Easy Chicken Divan Casserole sounds like a crowd-pleaser, and I appreciate the tips on using cost-effective ingredients.

  13. 01/10/2024 / 5:45 pm

    Excited to try the Easy One Skillet Cheesy Rice and Beans – perfect for a quick and affordable family dinner.

  14. 01/10/2024 / 5:00 pm

    I can’t wait to dive into the Easy One Skillet Cheesy Rice and Beans – it sounds like the perfect combo of affordable and delicious.

  15. Jess Benoit
    01/10/2024 / 10:47 am

    All of these recipes look so good & super easy to make! I’m especially interested in trying out that pumpkin ground beef casserole.

  16. Tara Pittman
    01/10/2024 / 4:33 am

    My budget says yes to these recipes. The pumpkin beef one sounds delicious.

  17. Amber Myers
    01/10/2024 / 1:21 am

    Ooo all of these look so good! I am on a budget, so these recipes will come in handy.

  18. Ben
    01/10/2024 / 12:09 am

    These are fully awesome! I’m super busy, so these are the kinds of recipes that appeal to me. I just don’t have time to make a bunch of fancy stuff.

  19. 01/09/2024 / 11:51 pm

    I love recipes like this. They make family dinner so much more tasty and EASY. Easy is huge for me.

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