11 Low Cost Meal Ideas Under $1.42 Per Serving

Braised Chicken With Tomatoes, Zucchini and Roasted Garlic Polenta


These are some of my “go-to” recipes when money gets tight – no ramen noodles required (although I do like ramen….)!  They all taste amazing and are under $1.42 per serving.  The lentil/sausage recipe is the lowest at $.30 per serving – you can’t beat that!


Chicken (or turkey) Pot Pie

Sunday Pasta Sauce with Meatballs

Old-Fashioned Cottage Pie

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

My Grandmother’s Pasta Fagioli

Warm Lentils With Caramelized Onions, Sweet Potatoes and Sausage

Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham

Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Braised Chicken With Zucchini, Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic Polenta

Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Strata

Chicken Minestrone

What are your favorite budget-friendly meals?  I’d love to hear from you!


19 thoughts on “11 Low Cost Meal Ideas Under $1.42 Per Serving

  1. It’s amazing how much cheaper food is in the U.S.A. than for the rest of the world! Here in Australia we grow just about everything that we need but our food is a lot more expensive than yours AND we have less choice than you do (not always a bad thing I guess 😉 ). Cheers for your suggestions…now we just need to find cheaper ingredients to make these meals here in Australia

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