Craving some tasty dinners that won't break the bank or eat up your time? Dive into our roundup of 25 budget-friendly meals, where big flavors meet quick prep. Get ready to jazz up your dinner routine without stretching your wallet or your schedule! From zesty stir-fries to cozy soups, these dishes are all about making your taste buds happy without the fuss!
1. Air Fryer Crispy Tofu
Enjoy nuggets of crunchy Air Fryer Crispy Tofu without the greasy mess! This is an easy and healthy snack best enjoyed ASAP!
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. Eggplant Tofu
This sweet and savory Eggplant Tofu vegetable dish will make you forget you're eating healthy. Indulge guilt-free with this vegetarian recipe!
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. Buah Bogor (Indonesian Pickled Salad)
Buah Bogor, 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?”
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup
Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup, a Chinese takeaway classic ready in 20 minutes. This recipe is smooth, creamy and the perfect pick-me-up on a cold winter’s day!
13. Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad
Smashed cucumbers are coated in an incredibly delicious sweet-salty-spicy-tangy sauce in this Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad. Refreshing, beyond flavorful, and an impressive yet easy side dish or appetizer for the summer.
14. Garlic Terykai Tofu
Make this beginner-friendly, plant-based Garlic Teryaki Tofu for a healthy dinner that will satisfy and delight. It's bursting with umami!
15. Japanese Cumber Salad (Sunomono)
Japanese Cucumber Salad (Sunomono) is light, refreshing, and packed with umami flavor. It features thinly sliced cucumbers and wakame seaweed in a tangy vinegar dressing topped with sesame seeds. Enjoy this simple 10-minute salad as an appetizer or side for any Japanese meal!
16. Chinese Cold Shredded Chicken
Cold Shredded Chicken is a classic Chinese summer-time dish consisting of juicy chicken, crunchy vegetable slivers, and a refreshing, tangy dressing. This delicious dish will take you only 5 minutes to prepare!
17. Teriyaki Chicken On A Stick
These tasty marinated Teriyaki Chicken On A Stick are grilled to perfection for the ultimate sweet, salty, and savory bite. What results is a wonderful umami flavor in every bite!
18. Vegan Thai Green Curry
This Vegan Thai Green Curry recipe is a fragrant and flavorful one-pan dish that is crammed with wholesome vegetables and tofu simmered in a rich and creamy green sauce! With a mix of mildly spicy, savory, tangy, and umami flavors- this dish will make your senses reel in delight! You can make it in 30 minutes and customize the heck out of it to your liking!
19. Garlic Stir-Fry Szechuan Shrimp
This Garlic Stir-Fry Szechuan Shrimp is saucy, flavorful, and nutritious, too! Better than takeout, it comes together with just 10 ingredients for a quick, succulent meal everyone will love.
20. Thai Yum Na (Beef Salad)
Thai Beef Salad - Yum Nua - here fragrance and color meet in an explosion of Thai flavor. An intoxicating combination of fresh, crunchy vegetables and juicy steak in a spicy, aromatic dressing that is the essence of Thailand.
21. Asian Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Asian Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps is a must-try recipe! Not only is it healthy, simple, and delicious - it is so amazing the entire family will go crazy over these wraps!
22. Instant Pot Chicken Biryani and Rice
Scented fluffy rice absorbed the rich & vibrant flavors of the juicy chicken & aromatic spices. This popular Indian Instant Pot Chicken Biryani and Rice is so tasty & comforting to eat. Quick & easy one pot meal you can make even on a busy night!
23. Instant Pot Miso Soup
24. Tofu Manchurian (Chinese Tofu)
Try this easy Tofu Manchurian Recipe that requires you to cook tofu first and then cook with Asian sauces and veggies in a wok!
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.