Summer isn’t over just yet.
In fact, I just ate a too-big slice of sweet watermelon with seeds on my back porch, which should tell you that it’s in full swing. When you see a big, delicious watermelon at the farm stand, you buy it and do everything you can to fit into your fridge…even if you have to eat too-big slices.
Speaking of other summer classics, grilled meats!
In the past, I have lauded the tastes of grilled vegetables, but you’ll be glad to know that I’ve got a new grilled meat to share today. And the quality really blew my mind!
This recipe created one of the most tender and juicy pork dishes, which we sliced and threw on bread with garlic basil aioli for a tasty sandwich. Cheers to Bon Appetit for the recipe.
This recipe has been stuck in the think fruitful archives for quite a few years.
Since it’s one of my favorites for this time of year, I thought it was time to “bring it out of the vault” if you will.
Whenever squash and zucchinis are in season, I’ve got to make a big pot of this soup. And I just discovered an even better way to make this soup shine.
It’s all in the broth, ya’ll! The chicken broth stews all day while you’re at work, chasing your kiddos or watching Netflix, and it makes this soup so full of flavor.
Then, you’ve got your veggies, spicy Rotel and all of it comes together so you can top it with avocado, cilantro, cheese and homemade corn tortilla strips or tortilla chips.
We all need cheap and easy dinner ideas, right?
I know that’s how I roll when I’m trying to stay on budget but still eat well. And there are plenty of options for all of us to enjoy flavor and be frugal.
You might notice a few things about these recipes:
- Most are vegetarian
- They make amazing leftovers
- They are great for groups
So, without further ado, here are a few cheap and easy dinner ideas:
Pizza is the perfect, fun dinner that is also cheap and quick. Grab your favorite dough, add on a few toppings and you’re in business!
Deep Dish Pizza
Perfect Homemade Pizza
This is another recipe that is flexible and can use whatever you have left in the fridge. Rice, veggies, stir fry, ginger- it’s all good! Put an egg on it and this will fill you up for awhile.
Weeknight Stir Fry
Here’s another good use for white or brown rice. Top it with black or other beans (seasoned up) and cheese, green onion, salsa, sour cream and even guacamole!
Black Bean Bowls
Pinto Bean Bowls
Soup might take a little bit longer to prepare, but there are lots of varieties that will make a filling dinner with a side of crackers or bread and cheese.
6 Stellar Soups
I love making BBQ pork in the slow cooker for new families because it’s super easy and budget-friendly to make and there are many uses! From sandwiches to tacos to nachos, get ready for some good dinners and leftovers.
BBQ Pulled Pork
Mexican food is always my go-to.
Whether we want a quick and easy dinner or we want to go out to a not-too-expensive and super flavorful meal, Mexican almost always wins.
Also, I grew up in Arkansas, and we have some seriously good Tex Mex there. And I took several trips to Mexico as a teenager, where I got a taste for spicy salsas, fresh lime juice on everything and carne asada tacos (not to mention bowls of posole).
In fact, this last week, I think we ate nachos, tacos and taquitos for several different meals throughout the week. I’m hooked to corn, beans, rice, chili powder and cumin…what can I say?!
If you’re like me and have a serious craving for Mexican or Tex Mex food, then you have got to try these Chickpea Taco Bowls. Thanks to Food52 for the recipe!
July means that it is hot.
July means that we’re in the heat of summer (bring on the tomatoes, peppers, squash and berries).
July also means that we’re all craving beach time and seafood.
For those of us who don’t get to have beach/seafood time but once or twice a season, here’s a cheap, quick and easy meal option that will give you that summer feeling: Salmon Cakes. Thanks to the Kitchn for the inspiration.
These little guys are totally reminiscent of a dinner my mom would make growing up. And I absolutely loved the hint of seafood, creamy and tasty filling, and crisped outside.
Grab your favorite mayo (Duke’s, obviously), Dijon, some panko and canned salmon (get the good stuff), and you’re in business. Oh, and pick some fresh herbs from your herb garden or grab some at the grocery store. Dill is divine in this!