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

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By Cooking Panda

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

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.

Featured Photo Credit: Nikolas Moya/Flickr

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These 11 Delicious Bread Boats Are Deceptively Easy (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

All hail the mighty bread boat! This delicious but hearty dish is super easy and quick to prepare, but it always makes for a respectable breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer or even dessert. What are you waiting for?

1. Chicken Bacon Alfredo Bread Boat

When you can’t decide between pasta and a sandwich, this heavenly bread boat is here for you. The best of both worlds!

2. Sausage Stuffed French Bread Boats

You know those delicious sausage, onion and pepper sandwiches that usually come on crunchy French bread? Take that concept and stuff all those ingredients into a bread boat, complete with a baked mixture of cheese, egg and milk for an amazing new version of the tried-and-true classic.

3. Taco Bread Boat

If we had to label this delight, we’d say it’s sort of like an American torta, but one thing’s for sure — it’s amazing, whatever you want to call it.

4. Cheesy Artichoke Bread Boat

We love chips and dip as much as anyone, but they are really more of a snack than a meal. Let’s fix that.

5. Pizza Boat

Not that pizza gets old or anything, but sometimes you might want to switch things up (or else you might just not have the time or energy to whip up pizza dough every time you or your kids have a hankering), so we invite you to take this delicious shortcut.

6. Stuffed Bread Boat

This is the perfect EASY family dinner. Hollow out a loaf of bread and cram it full of ground beef, veggies and whatever you want. It’s sort of like a more fun, crumblier version of meatloaf.

7. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Bread Boat

Basically a better breakfast sandwich. These freeze well, so they work great for a quick on-the-go morning meal. Score!

8. Buffalo Chicken Bread Boat

Buffalo chicken. Cheese. Carbs. Yes, this is the perfect meal, in case you were wondering.

9. Southwestern Chicken Bread Boats

You wouldn’t think that stuffed French bread could be very nutritious, but this chicken, tomato, black bean and corn version is relatively healthy, especially if you swap out the white bread for something fluffy and wheaty and go easy on the cheese. Or don’t! Either way, this is super delicious, especially if you top with guacamole or a little canned enchilada sauce.

10. Cheese Boat

This spicy cheesy dip makes for the perfect appetizer, especially when you serve it with corn chips. The recipe recommends mixing in some finely chopped corned beef, but feel free to add any type of your favorite cooked meat — ground beef, chopped chicken or crumbled bacon would be excellent too.

11. Chocolate Stuffed Bread

Of course we wouldn’t forget about dessert! We’re sure you can make a version of this out of store-bought bread, but the fresh stuff will be so delicious! Chocolate lovers will absolutely adore using this recipe as a base and then stuffing it with MORE CHOCOLATE.

Featured Photo Credit: Christine Han/The Kitchn

Tags: bread boats, easy dinner, easy pizza bread, kid recipe, Tasty Tuesday
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