Cheap, Quick And Easy Recipes, Hints & Videos

Cheap, Quick And Easy Recipes, Hints & Videos

The price of food keeps going up and your family seems to be eating like a pack of Wolverines. Add that to your job, running around with the kids and keeping in touch with family and friends and that leaves little time for dinner. That's why we've put together some quick, easy, and best of all cheap recipes. They cost pennies to put on the table and they're delicious.

Cheap Quick And Easy Beef Dinner Recipes

Beef, Cheese and Noodle Bake

This beef, cheese and noodle bake recipe makes a family-friendly casserole that is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into children's food. For creamiest results, do not over bake.


1 8-oz. pkg. small elbow macaroni

cooking spray

1 C. pre-chopped onion

1 C. pre-shredded carrot

2 tsp. bottled minced garlic

1 lb. lean ground sirloin

1 C. tomato sauce

1 tsp. kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 C. fat-free milk

2 tsp. all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C. 2% reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Lightly coat pasta with cooking spray. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot, and sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add ground sirloin; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. 

Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Add pasta to beef mixture in pan, stirring to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11x7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Place milk, flour, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1 cup cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Cheap Quick And Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Easy slow cooker chicken cacciatore. Serve over angel hair pasta. 'Cacciatore' is Italian for 'hunter', and this American-Italian term refers to food prepared 'hunter style,' with mushrooms and onions. Avanti!


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 28 oz. jar spaghetti sauce

2 green bell pepper, seeded and cubed

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 onion, finely diced

2 Tbs. minced garlic


Put the chicken in the slow cooker. Top with the spaghetti sauce, green bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cover, and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours.

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Preparation Time

15  minutes

Cooking Time

9  hours

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Cheap Quick And Easy Ground Turkey Dinner Recipes

Turkey Tamale Casserole

This easy casserole features layers of corn tortillas and a turkey mixture with corn, chili, olives, and several spices.


1 lb. uncooked ground turkey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (14 to 16 oz.) can cream-style corn

1 (10-1/2-oz.) can chili without beans

2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. salt

8 (6-inch) corn tortillas

1 C. chicken broth or water

1 (2-1/4-oz.) can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

Dairy sour cream (optional)

Thinly sliced green onion (optional)


In a large skillet cook turkey and garlic over medium heat view turkey is no longer pink. 

Drain fat. Stir in corn, chili, oregano, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. 

Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside. Stack tortillas; cut into 6 wedges. Place wedges in a medium mixing bowl; add broth or water. Let stand for 1 minute.

Drain, reserving 1/4 C. liquid. Stir the reserved liquid and drained olives into the turkey mixture. In a 2-quart rectangular baking dish layer 2 C. of the turkey mixture and half of the tortillas; repeat layers. Top with remaining turkey mixture, spreading to cover tortillas. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F. oven for 25 minutes or view heated through. 

Top with cheese; bake for 2 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Top each serving with sour cream and green onion, if desired.

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Cheap Quick And Easy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Vegetable Baked Rotelli or Ziti

Make this with reduced fat cheeses so you don't feel so guilty and to boost the nutritional value, add some veggies. Be creative and add what you like. Add shredded chicken or cut up meat balls for a complete meal along with a salad.


2 C. pre-made tomato sauce

10 oz. shredded low fat mozzarella, divided in half

8 oz. low fat ricotta cheese

1 tsp. onion powder

3/4 C. grated cheese, divided

1 egg, beaten (or imitation), optional

1 lbs. cooked rotelli (or other short pasta you like)

1 Tbs. dried parsley

4 oz. shredded carrots

1 lg. zucchini, shredded and drained (place in colander so the juices can drip away)

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sautéed with shallot in butter/oil to release liquids


Cook pasta in salted water and when done, cold shock and drain well. In a separate bowl, combine half the sauce, 6 oz. of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup grated cheese, parsley, all of the ricotta, onion powder and egg with cold pasta. Add vegetables and pasta and mix well. Add more sauce depending on how moist you like it (remember it will absorb sauce during heating).

Pour into casserole or tin pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses, dot with sauce and bake, covered, in pre-heated 350-degree oven for about 15–20 minutes. Be sure to spray foil with cooking spray first so the cheeses won't stick. Once heated through, remove foil and broil for about 2 minutes to get top cheeses brown and bubbly. Let set about 5 minutes before serving so the cheeses can set up.

Serving Size


Preparation Time

15  minutes

Cooking Time

15-35  minutes

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