I love looking for ways to trim my grocery bill down, even by just a few dollars. I’m pretty good about not spending too much money on food, but every little bit of saved money helps. One of the best, easiest ways to eat cheaply is to cut your days when you eat meat down to just once or twice a week. At our house, we’ve got it down to one meat day and one fish day. Every day other than that is vegetarian.
Not only is vegetarianism really good for your health, it’s good for your wallet, too. Buying meat can get really expensive compared to vegetarian alternatives. But, maybe you’re not quite sure where to start with meatless meals, or maybe you’re not new to going meatless, but you’re looking to add some variety. Well, we’ve got seven great recipes for you that will keep your wallet happy. They’re tasty, flavorful, and full of variety!
Quick Curried Veggie Brown Rice Bowls
The beauty of these bowls is that they can be ready in just fifteen minutes as long as you already have the rice ready, which is super dooper easy if you already have a rice cooker. Even if you don’t, that’s okay. Rice is pretty easy to cook on the stove.
Brown rice is a lot better for your body than white rice because the hull is left on. It has a really high fiber content. The best part about it? It’s actually cheaper than buying white rice because it’s in lower demand.
So, if you’re looking for a really tasty, healthy, inexpensive recipe to throw into your meal plan, this is the way to go! Get the recipe here.
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Okay, but Zucchini boats, though. Zucchini is a great alternative to bread. It tastes great, it’s gloriously crunchy, and it’s an amazing source of manganese, vitamin A, and fiber. They’re really inexpensive, too!
Load them up with tomato sauce and cheese, and you’ve got a recipe for success. It’s sure to be a winner, and this recipe won’t break your bank. Get the recipe here.
Ramen Noodle Salad
What’s cheaper than ramen noodles? Almost nothing, really. That’s why if you’re really trying to save money, they make a great base for all sorts of noodle dishes. This recipe is a great one because all it takes is almonds, vegetables of your choice, a good vinaigrette and some cooked ramen noodles. It hardly costs a thing and it tastes great and it’s super filling. Get the recipe here.
Black Bean Baked Empanadas and Spanish Rice
Empanadas are great. You can make them sweet or savory. This recipe’s definitely the latter. These little pies are bursting with vitamins and protein, and they’re extremely filling and tasty. You can make a whole bunch for a large crowd, or you can just have a couple to eat for yourself.
If you want to make this recipe even cheaper, make your own pie crust rather than buying frozen pie crust from the store.
This is another really tasty noodle based dish. It’s tomato-y, tasty, and the pasta cooks in vegetable broth to give it a huge kick of flavor. Mixed-in spinach adds some healthy greens, and feta cheese adds some much needed fat and protein. It’s great, too, because the dish is highly customizable. You can add in mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives, fresh herbs…or pretty much anything else you might have on hand to add flavor! Get the recipe here.
Roasted Teriyaki Mushroom Soba Noodles
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. They have a wonderfully unique, nutty taste to them, and they’re a good choice if you’re looking to add a little variety to your life. This recipe is full to the brim of good veggies, and it tastes and looks great and hardly costs a thing. Get it here.