10 Bang-For-Your-Buck Meals
A lot of times people assume that I spend a huge amount of money on food every month.
And you know what. They aren’t wrong. Betsy and I definitely spend an above-average amount of money on food, but eating well is something that we care about, so we just prioritize it.
That’s not to say that we don’t like to save money though! I have a huge number of meals that I consider to be a really great bang-for-your-buck. This usually means that the recipe makes a bunch of food that stores really well so you can eat it for a while.
I thought it’d be fun to compile ten of my favorite Macheesmo bang-for-your-buck meals over the years. Most of these are pretty easy to make and will stretch your bucks to the max. At the same time, I’d like to think they are pretty original so you aren’t just eating rice and beans every night.
Here’s my list!
Ok. So quinoa can be a bit over-priced these days, but the other ingredients in this salad should be pretty reasonable this time of year and also very fresh. Not to mention that this salad makes enough for 4-5 days of lunches.
That’s some big time bang for your buck!
Oatmeal is about as economical as you can get. Steel cut oats are a bit more expensive normally, but also I find them to be more filling. In other words, more bang for your buck.
If you cook them overnight you can easily have them during the week even though they normally take at least an hour to cook. This was mine and Betsy’s daily breakfast during the winter.
A really simple salad with tempeh, corn, black beans and basil. It makes a ton of food though, keeps really well, and is pretty inexpensive to make. It’s almost like a step up from a traditional bean and corn salad.
7) Beet Burgers
Beets are generally cheaper than beef. Unless you’re buying very low quality beef. I got a lot of, well, beef for these burgers, but I thought they were completely delicious and more economical than any meat variety of burger.
Beans are pretty freakin’ cheap. And filling. Chickpeas definitely fall in that category. These patties are great on their own or they make pretty solid veggie burgers also. The recipe in this post makes about eight, but you could make them in a larger batch also.
A really light and fresh pasta salad with some good protein coming from tuna. Some of the ingredients are a bit expensive but you only need a bit of them to get the flavor and it makes a lot of salad which keeps well for days and days.
4) Lengua Tacos
In general, meat should be the most expensive thing you buy for your dinners. This doesn’t have to be the case though if you start learning how to use lesser used pieces of meat. Like beef tongue. It’s a stretch for a lot of people in America, but trust me. If you cook it correctly, it’s one of the best taco (or sandwich) ingredients you’ll ever have. And it’s dirt cheap to boot.
A bit of chicken goes a long way in this dish, but if you were really on a budget, you could leave it out. There’s plenty of flavor from the peppers, corn, beans, and cheese. It’s make a truck load of food.
2) Breakfast Sandwiches
If you’re a sucker for a certain restaurant’s breakfast sandwich, this is the thing for you. It’s very economical and you can make a bunch at once and freeze them. No need to hit the drive through anymore!
Anytime you can cook in large batches, you’re probably going to save money in the long run. Also, pizza is always a great way to stretch ingredients because you just need a little to top with. Couple those two things together and making a big batch of frozen pizzas is a fantastic bang-for-your-buck dish.
So those are some of my favorite economical meals. What’s yours? Leave a comment with a link to your favorite bang-for-your-buck recipe!