Step into the world of 'Budget Bites,' where delicious meets affordable, and every meal brings the family together without stretching your wallet. These 26 recipes are your secret to hosting cozy family dinners that are as friendly to your budget as they are to your taste buds. Dive in and discover how cheap meals can also be cheerful feasts!
1. Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl
Fire up the grill & get ready for the most mouthwatering chicken the fam will be begging for all year! The cheap & easy marinade does all the heavy lifting for this SUPER flavorful & juicy Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl recipe that cooks up in under 15 minutes!
2. Pan Fried Salmon With Teriyaki Glaze
At our home, Pan Fried Salmon With Teriyaki Glaze is always a winner - especially when it takes only 15 minutes to make! Whip up an easy teriyaki glaze with only 5 ingredients for a big BOLD flavor.
3. Kaeng-pa (Coconut Thai Curry)
Low in saturated fat and high in fiber! This coconut milk-free Kaneng-pa Thai Curry is a healthy and delicious way to use up your leftover veggies, at a fraction of the calories of a restaurant curry. Only $1.60 per large bowl.
4. Vietnamese Shrimp Salad Spring Rolls
Dive into veggie and protein-packed spring rolls in minutes with simple tips and tricks that'll have you rolling like a pro in no time! These homemade Vietnamese Shrimp Salad Rolls with creamy peanut sauce are a rainbow-colored meal that's full of exciting textures and flavors in every bite - your friends and family will love you for them!
5. Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry
This Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry is the perfect weeknight meal that includes pantry staples! It’s the easiest veggie and protein-packed dish you’ll have ready in no time!
6. Salmon Sinigang (Filipino Tamarind Soup)
Serve up a healthy & comforting bowl of Sinigang Salmon that feeds the soul 30 minutes or less! This classic Filipino soup is full of fresh veggies, tender salmon, & cooks up in one pot for easy cleanup. Let's get cooking!
7. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Thighs
Fire up the grill & get ready for the most mouthwatering chicken the fam will be begging for all year! The cheap & easy marinade does all the heavy lifting for this SUPER flavorful & juicy Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Thighs recipe that cooks up in under 15 minutes!
8. Tomato Egg Stir Fry
Make the most comforting breakfast in just 10 minutes with only 6 ingredients! This Chinese Tomato Egg Stir-Fry Recipe transforms simple kitchen staples into lusciously fluffy eggs with juicy tender tomatoes that beg to be devoured over hot steamy rice. It's the cheap and effortless meal that always disappears even faster than it's made!
9. Filipino Chicken Adobo
Make a SUPER flavorful & budget-friendly 30-minute meal you know everyone will love! This easy Adobong Manok, or Filipino Chicken Adobo, transforms simple pantry staples into a mouthwatering meal - with minimal dishes left behind! Weeknight dinners will never be the same 🙂
10. Chicken Teriyaki
Make the most mouthwatering and easy Chicken Teriyaki recipe with only 5 ingredients - and in under 30 minutes! The family will wonder why you haven't made this sooner as they lick their plates clean & kiss bottled teriyaki sauce goodbyeeee.
11. Rotisserie Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Rotisserie Chicken Lettuce Wraps with peanut sauce are an easy and versatile meal packed with flavor. The best part - come together in less than 30 minutes and require little cook time thanks to the convenience of rotisserie chicken!
12. Air Fryer Miso Glazed Ginger Salmon
When life is pure chaos, this Air Fryer Miso-Glazed Salmon saves the day as the ultimate lazy dinner in under 30 minutes! Packed with so much flavor, you’ll forget you’re eating healthy - with minimal dishes left behind.
13. Tofu Curry
A common Indonesian pickled salad that you see in hawker markets and roadside stalls and think to yourself, “Damnnnn, this is tasty stuff! Why can’t I make mine taste authentic at home?” Step it up with this trusty, well-tested Tofu Curry Recipe that requires less than 10 ingredients, and takes under 15 minutes of prep and cooking time.
14. Chicken Pancit Bihon (Filipino Noodles)
Chicken Pancit Bihon is a Filipino comfort food that is light in texture but packs a big punch of healthy flavor. In fact, that's exactly how it tastes, like healthy comfort food in a bowl!
15. Garlic Tempe Mendoan
Enjoy the crispy perfection of a carefully crafted batter with a hint of garlic, chilies, and scallions. This 100% vegan Garlic Temepe Mendoan Recipe is crispy AND good for you - when you're done you'll be asking for more.
16. Vegan Pad Kee Mao
Pad Kee Mao translates to "stir-fried drunkard" in Thai. Pad Kee Mao is a favorite among those seeking a hearty, somewhat sloppy, delicious meal after a night out. But don't worry, you can enjoy this this is a lightning-fast, flavorful noodle bowl that you can make in under 30 minutes any night of the week!
17. Red Lentil Masoor Dal Garlic Tadka
Looking for a cozy, comforting Red Lentil Masoor Dal recipe? This masoor dal (red lentils) topped with crispy garlic oil is easy and flavorful.
18. Chicken Bulgogi (Korean BBQ)
Easy Chicken Bulgogi Recipe that you can cook in the pan. Good for both chicken breast and dark meats. Serve with some rice or salad for a healthy meal!
19. Chicken Sinigang (Filipino Tamarind Soup)
Get warm and cozy with a heartwarming bowl of one of the top-rated soups! Sinigang with Chicken, or Sinigang Na Manok, is a super easy Filipino soup known for its tamarind broth that creates a refreshing yet hearty dish that feeds the soul.
20. Shimeji Mushroom Recipe
This Shimeji Mushroom Recipe makes the BEST side dish. The garlic, butter, and soy sauce flavors play so well with the shimeji.
21. Japanese Yakitori (Chicken Skewers)
Japanese Yakitori is a grilled chicken recipe served on skewers and glazed in a delicious sweet and savory homemade yakitori sauce. Enjoy chicken yakitori as a quick and easy appetizer, snack, or dinner!
22. Easy Vegetable Lo Mein
This Easy Vegetable Lo Mein recipe is a delicious, one-pan meal that is done in 30 minutes or less. You'll get a plateful of veggies and chewy, silky noodles that are covered in a scrumptious umami-flavored stir-fry sauce! It hits the spot ALL the time!
23. Ground Beef Keema Curry
Ground Beef Keema Curry is a simple Indian ground beef curry recipe. It is a quick and easy curry to make with just a few everyday ingredients – perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
24. Tofu Stir Fry
This Tofu Stir Fry is cubes of crispy tofu with colorful vegetables in a honey garlic sauce. The perfect meatless main course that’s packed with protein and nutrients!
25. Asian Lettuce Wraps
With fresh, healthy ingredients like lettuce, broccoli, carrots and ground turkey, these Asian Lettuce Wraps are not only delicious but pretty healthy, too!
26. Japanese Cabbage Salad
This Japanese Cabbage Salad is an easy 5-minute Japanese side dish with crunchy shredded cabbage in a delicious Japanese dressing.