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5 Super Cheap Dinners That Taste Like A Million Bucks (Recipes)

Just because you're trying to save a buck doesn't mean anyone has to go hungry or eat gross food!

It's totally possible to make super delicious meals for only a few dollars that will keep the whole family satisfied and even feed hungry guests without making you feel like you're skimping on them.

Here are some budget-friendly crowd pleasers:

1. Margherita French Bread Pizza

You can easily turn these into sandwiches by putting some meat and/or roasted veggies between the two slices. If actual pizza is more your thing, you can use store-bought crust or if you have a few extra minutes, you can make things even cheaper with DIY dough.

2. Instant Ramen Chicken Thai Noodle Bowls


This is really delicious and super versatile. Use any leftover or frozen meat you have on hand (rotisserie chicken is often cheaper than a raw broiler), and just use whatever veggies are on sale and/or already in your fridge or freezer. And of course, you can use any noodles you want if instant ramen isn't your thing.

3. Fettuccine Alfredo

Even if you need to buy all five ingredients -- and there's a good chance you have them on hand already -- you'll still come out with up to four servings for around $5. P.S. If you want to use regular milk instead of cream, you can totally do so, although you should probably make a roux first.

4. Slow Cooker Six Layer Dinner

Slow Cooker Six Layer Dinner

For just a few bucks, this dinner is so incredibly filling and nutritious, as it's packed with meat, potatoes and veggies, but there's a lot of flavor too! Feel free to swap anything you want in or out. This would be delicious with sweet potatoes, ground turkey, chopped chicken breasts and/or frozen bags of mixed veggies too.

5. Lemon Butter Cod

Basically this recipe works for whatever fish happens to be on sale or buried in your freezer. You can even make it with chicken breasts or fillets, though you might need to adjust your cooking time -- remember that chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.