(Closed) Help! I need some good, affordable and fairly simple DINNERS

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What about some turkey burger? I use a Rachael Ray one that I really like.

Or a go to meal for me is Mac and cheese. I usually have the basics to make it on hand and I can whip it together quick.

And I use the crockpot. Frozen chicken breast and any type of sauce is my goto lazy meal.


Post # 4
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Baked spaghetti is super easy. I cook the pasta according to the box, but drain it a couple minutes early. Then I mix it with a jar of sauce (use your favorite, or make your own.  I confess to using a jar.) and a generous shake of grated parmesan. Put it in a baking dish, top it with mozzerella and bake it for 20 minutes covered, then uncovered for 10 to let the cheese brown a little. Done! Depending on how much you make, there are leftovers for at least 2-3 lunches.  I also have a good Thai curry recipe, if you guys are into that kind of food.

Post # 5
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

not sure if you guys like this.. but we love switching things up and doing a breakfast dinner every once in a while. super easy and cheap!

Post # 6
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I make a super simple stir-fry. I put coconut oil in first (you can use other oils) then add stir-fry meat, sliced green peppers, zuchinni, and onion. I add a garlic and herb seasoning and put over rice. It’s SO simple 🙂 Obvioulsy you can switch it up to your likings. 

Post # 7
1508 posts
Bumble bee

We make a taco/rice blend that is really good. I usually use ground pork for flavour, but when I am trying to be healthier I use ground turkey. It works with regular ground beef too! We always cook minute rice, so this is a really quick meal:

In one pan,cook onions and let simmer until soft, add garlic (if desired), add meat of choice and brown. Use taco packet and add to meat, follow packet directions (adding water), add any veggies you like- zucchini, peppers, corn, (i always add frozen broccoli), and let simmer. Start minute rice, add salsa to the meat mixture in the last minute or so and let it heat with the rest. Then we dish our stuff, add a dollop of sour cream and some grated cheese and voila!


Ground meat 1lb.

Chopped onions (as desired)

Chopped garlic (as desired)

Veggies: red peppers, carrots, zucchini, frozen corn, frozen broccoli etc.

Minute Rice

Taco spice packet (I buy these in the taco aisle and they are $1 per packet, rather than buying the taco kits)

Sour cream




Post # 8
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Oh, I just tried something new today and loved it. I am trying to avoid carbs in dinner and include more veggies and this meal does both with only 4-5 ingredients.

You will need:

Chicken breast (about a pound should be enough for 2 people)

broccoli (1 head)

1 red pepper

mushrooms, chopped

flavored chream cheese


I washed the chicken and put it in a glass pyrex with water, a bit of olive oil, ground pepper, sea salt, oregano, paprika and a bit of chili powder. Bake in the oven until cooked. While that cooks, wash and chop the broccoli and boil in a pot of water. chop up the pepper and mushrooms, set aside. Once the chicken is cooked, chop it up to about one inch strips (or whatever you want). Leave whatever water is in with the chicken as long as it is not too liquidy, mine had ab out a centimeter in the bottom of the pan because I let them sit awhile. Then add 2-3 table spoons of the cream cheese. I had a tomato ricotta flavor but could see this working well with southwest  or vegetable as well. Add in the veggies and stir it all up. Pop it back in the oven and reduce the heat. Let it cook for about 15 minutes so everything melts toether. Serve the chicken mix with broccoli on the side. I think a brown rice would also work well with this. Delicious, filling and with minimal processed food (cream cheese). 

Post # 9
2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do you have a crock pot? Those are awesome bc you can buy a not so great cut of meat, but it will still turn out nice and tender 🙂

Fiance LOVES taco chili, which I make in the crock pot…plus it costs under $10 for everything, and usually lasts for lunch for a good three days afterwards!


Post # 10
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Chicken Cacciatore. All you need is chicken thighs, chicken broth, a can of crushed tomatoes, pasta, red pepper, and onion.

I bought all of the ingredients at the store the other day and spent $9. And we get leftovers!

Post # 11
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a delicious chicken recipe!

I prefer to use legs/thighs with it, but you can use breasts (more expensive though!)

In a bowl, mix a can of cranberries, a packet of onion soup mix, and about half a bottle of french salad dressing. Pour the mixture over the chicken and bake at about 350 for 45-60 minutes.

Eat & enjoy! I like it served with steamed rice & veggies.

Post # 12
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Enchiladas are easy. I use ground beef and refried beans as the filling.  You can use taco seasoning for the meet, then just need a can of beans, one or two for the sauce, some cheese and tortillas.

Another favorite cheap one is red beans with turkey kilbasa over rice. You saute one onion, about 2/3 hilshire farm turkey kielbasa, add two cans of kidney beans and 1 cup of chicken broth or beer (I use a combo) simmer for about 40 mins, serve with rice. 

Pasta is always easy and cheap. I like doing rigatoni, cooking some sausage with tomato sauce, mix with pasta, put in baking dish, cover with mozz cheese and bake until melted.

Chicken on the bone – 2 bone in, chicken on chicken breasts. Salt and pepper skin, Cook skin down on a hot skillet until golden (around 5 mins maybe?) throw in a 450 degree oven for around 25-30 mins. I usually have it with rice pilaf and peas. 

Lettuce wraps – check out the alton brown recipe here, I follow it to the t and it is delicious http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ants-in-trees-recipe/index.html You may not have all of the ingredients sitting around so the inital outlay for the seasonings may be a little more, but if it sounds like something you would like you will get a lot of uses out of them.  


I really like to eat… and cook 🙂

Post # 13
2889 posts
Sugar bee

A liter meal, my friend just taught me is broccoli cream soup. Super super easy. 

You need:

1 bag frozen broccoli

soup broth


Here’s the super easy part: Cook frozen broccoli, dump 3/4 of the water from the pan. Add soup broth. Use a hand (stab) mixer (this is not like what you use for cake, it does what a food processor does, the English word escapes me) or food processor and blend the broccoli, add cream (can substitute milk for a more watery soup). cook all together for a couple of minutes, add in ground pepper and sea salt to taste. Eat.

Post # 14
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@slicey19:  I think you mean immersion blender.

Post # 15
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Chicken Parmesean-

1) Dip chicken breasts in a milk/beaten egg mixture and roll in Italian Breadcrums

2) Heat about 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet and brown chicken on both sides for 5 minutes

3) place skillet with chicken in it in the over at 350 for 25 minutes. 

4) top with a little marinera and mozzerella cheese and bake for 5more minutes

I usually serve with pasta for hubs and green beans for me (less carbs)

SUPER easy! and not very expensive

Post # 16
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We like the recipes on the back of the Bisquick box when we get bored. lol

There’s a Bisquick pot pie and Bisquick hamburger pie.

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