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Budget dinner recipes

45 Recipes
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Discover budget-friendly lunches and dinners that use affordable storecupboard ingredients to create cheap pasta dishes, soups, curries and stir-fries

For seven days of family-focussed budget meals try our budget family meal plan

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  • Roasted beetroot & egg salad

    Roasted beetroot & egg salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    This vegetarian salad with creamy dill dressing and crunchy hazelnuts makes a great lunch, or light main course

  • Gnocchi cacio e pepe served in bowls

    Gnocchi cacio e pepe

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.24 ratings

    Enjoy a comforting bowl of gnocchi with parmesan and black pepper. It's simple but utterly delicious – and the best part is, it only takes seven minutes to make

  • Clementine pork steaks

    Clementine pork steaks

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.14 ratings

    A tasty pork one-pot full of fruity flavours. Try getting creative with your leftovers and replace the pork with turkey or ham

  • Hot pasta salad

    Hot pasta salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratings

    This a good source of vitamin C and packed full of veg. Take some to work

  • Buddha bowl salad served in a bowl

    Vegan salad bowl

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Whip up an easy vegan salad, with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. Bursting with flavour, it makes a satisfying dinner or lunch on the go

  • Kale pesto & chicken gnocchi served on a plate

    Kale pesto & chicken gnocchi

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Go green with our kale pesto and chicken gnocchi, full of nutritious ingredients. A balanced, easy dish, it's ideal for busy days and takes just 20 minutes

  • Egg, chips and beans on plate with fork

    Posh egg, chips & beans

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Whip up a classic egg and chips with smoky beans for an easy dinner or weekend brunch. This version is healthy, high in fibre and low-calorie too

  • Sticky Chinese chicken traybake

    Sticky Chinese five-spice chicken traybake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.171 ratings

    Flavoured with honey, hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice, this one-pan chicken dish makes a cheap and easy midweek family meal

  • Pea, potato and egg curry in bowls with flatbreads

    Potato, pea & egg curry rotis

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.9 ratings

    Cook this low-calorie potato curry for a budget-friendly midweek family meal. Serve warm bowlfuls with rotis and yogurt on the side

  • Sausage & fennel risotto served in a pan

    Easy sausage & fennel risotto

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.12 ratings

    Warm up on chilly nights with this comforting risotto. It's a budget-friendly choice for feeding the family on busy weeknights

  • Jumbo sausage roll with salsa beans

    Jumbo sausage roll with salsa beans

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.19 ratings

    This giant sausage roll and spicy homemade baked beans are easy to make and perfect for sharing - great for students on a budget

  • Smoky chickpeas on toast with fried egg

    Smoky chickpeas on toast

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.19 ratings

    Spend just 12 minutes on this healthy, budget-friendly supper for two. Our fuss-free smoky chickpeas on toast deliver two of your 5-a-day and is low in calories

  • Corned beef hash in pan and on plate with beans

    Corned beef hash

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.40 ratings

    A traditional storecupboard supper of fried potatoes with thrifty corned beef. Serve with baked beans for a simple lunch or supper.

  • Miso mushroom & tofu noodle soup served in a bowl

    Miso mushroom & tofu noodle soup

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Rustle up this miso, mushroom and tofu noodle soup with just six simple ingredients. Healthy and low in calories, it makes a tasty light lunch or supper

  • Chicken, leek & brown rice stir-fry in a bowl

    Chicken, leek & brown rice stir-fry

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.11 ratings

    Combine the classic flavours of chicken and chorizo with kale and rice for a substantial yet speedy dinner, taking less than 20 minutes to make

  • Prawn and noodle salad on platter

    Peanut butter & prawn noodle salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.19 ratings

    Peanut butter is the secret ingredient in our Asian-style prawn salad. This budget meal takes just 15 minutes to make, so it's ideal for busy weeknights

  • Honey & soy chicken thighs with sesame broccoli served on a board

    Honey & soy chicken with sesame broccoli

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.34 ratings

    Enjoy these sticky honey and soy chicken thighs as part of an easy midweek meal. This budget-friendly dinner is sure to be a family favourite

  • Cali-kale sausage bake

    Cauli-kale sausage bake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.35 ratings

    This cheap, crowd-pleasing meal is easy, hearty fare. This needs hardly any prep and it's pure comfort food, with a good helping of veg and hot bubbling cheese

  • Carrot biryani served in a frying pan

    Carrot biryani

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.109 ratings

    Prepare and cook our low-calorie vegetarian biryani in just 25 minutes using carrot, cashew nuts and Indian spices. Serve with coriander and dollops of yogurt

  • Chicken & new potato traybake

    Chicken & new potato traybake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.43 ratings

    Pop chicken thighs and potatoes in one pot and roast with olives, lemon, garlic and bay leaves for a lazy weekend lunch or dinner

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