20 Frugal Meals For Every Southern Cook

By: Megan Horst-Hatch, Editor, FaveSouthernRecipes.com
20 Frugal Meals For Every Southern Cook

Does it feel like your weekly grocery bill is getting out of hand? If you need to tighten expenses, then finding meal plans on a budget is an option to explore. Although using coupons and purchasing store brands of favorite items can help, knowing how to incorporate inexpensive food like cabbage and beans in your frugal meal planner can go a long way to reaching your budget goals. With the following tasty and versatile recipes at your fingertips, you’ll find it even easier to prepare budget-friendly food.

Frugal dinner menus don’t have to be tasteless, either. Whether you’re looking for cheap meals for a big family or a smaller dish to make for one or two meals, inexpensive dinner recipes are anything but dreary and dull. If you need a little inspiration to get started, then take a look at these 20 Frugal Meals For Every Southern Cook if you’re looking for frugal meal inspiration. 

Cheap Dinner Recipes With Beans

Slow Cooker Meatless Taco Soup

Beans can be an inexpensive way of adding to a meal and possibly stretching a dish for another night. If you give beans a big role in your frugal meal planner, then you’ll reap the rewards of saving money at the grocery store while also making a delicious meal for your family. You can cook the beans in a chili recipe and serve on a cold day, serve with pasta, or make a batch of the quintessential dish red beans and rice. However you prepare them, you’ll love giving these frugal Southern recipes with beans a try.

Frugal Meals That Use Cabbage

Smothered Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Loaded with vitamin C and fiber, cabbage is an often overlooked vegetable that cooks looking for frugal menus should rediscover. You’re not limited to green cabbage, either, as cabbage is available in an assortment of colors. In Southern recipes, cabbage can be fried, sautéed, or even rolled up as part of a casserole dish. Consider incorporating a variety of cabbage types in your next meal to add a pop of color and a more unique flavor profile. If you have only ever eaten boiled cabbage, then you’ll love how versatile and delicious cabbage dishes can be.

Budget Meals With Pasta

One Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Think of pasta, and you likely envision spaghetti, macaroni, shells, and farfalle, among other types of pasta. Pasta is an inexpensive way to fill up your next meal and is the perfect accompaniment to chicken, fish, and beans. It’s also quick to make, as many types of pasta noodles can be cooked within 15 minutes. If you’re a planner, then you’ll love incorporating pasta in a delicious casserole recipe that can be made (and even frozen) in advance. 

What is your family's favorite frugal meal?


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