Coming up with healthy but inexpensive dinners can be a challenge, especially if you’re a carnivore. However, meals made with meat don’t always have to break the bank. Check out these seven affordable meat recipes that are perfect if you’re on a budget.
1. Meatball Parmesan Casserole
This recipe only requires five ingredients, which makes your trip to the grocery store a breeze. It’s also great for feeding large groups of people or for making a big batch to eat throughout the week.
Recipe: Mrs. Happy Homemaker
2. Baked Caprese Chicken
This Italian-inspired chicken may sound fancy, but it won’t cost you a fortune. The recipe calls for chicken thighs, which tend to be less expensive than chicken breasts.
Recipe: Damn Delicious
3. Stuffed Peppers
These beef-stuffed bell peppers make a full and balanced meal, and they’re made with inexpensive ingredients such as rice, chickpeas and tomato sauce. Add in plenty of spices to give the dish some kick.
Recipe: The Mediterranean Dish
4. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
Ground turkey is usually a more affordable option that ground beef, and if you want to make it tasty, you can cook it with some sweet potato, peppers and mozzarella. You’ll want to add this easy skillet dish to your regular weeknight dinner rotation.
Recipe: Primavera Kitchen
5. Slow-Cooker Maple Pulled Pork
The best part of this recipe—aside from its inexpensive ingredient list—is that it’s extremely low maintenance. All you need to do is spend 10 minutes on prep, and your slow cooker takes care of the rest.
Recipe: Sweet Peas and Saffron
6. Beef And Cabbage Stir Fry
There’s no need to spend money on takeout when you can make your own stir fry at home. This stir fry (dubbed “crack slaw” because it’s addictively tasty) is low cost, so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy it time and time again.
Recipe: Budget Bytes
7. Kielbasa Hash
This colorful hash contains turkey kielbasa, peppers, onions and potatoes, making it an affordable option that can feed the whole family.
Recipe: The Two Bite Club