This $20 Grocery Budget Recipe Roundup shows that eating on a budget doesn't have to be boring.
I wrote a post last year about the foods you should purchase when you are trying to stick to a $20 grocery budget. Sometimes we find ourselves, for many valid reasons, stuck with less money that we want when it’s time to get groceries. For ideas about what you should buy, check out this post on The $20 Grocery Budget. To give you some ideas for how to use these items, this $20 grocery budget recipe roundup proves you don’t have to eat boring on a budget.
As a side note, there are some recipes here that have ingredients that are not on the list, but they are common pantry staples such as salt, pepper, other spices and cooking oils. Don't be discouraged if a recipe has a spice you do not have, spices do not have to add a lot to your grocery bill. There are stores where you can buy as much as need you need by the pound in the bulk section instead of buying the more pricey containers on the baking aisle. There may be some produce items included in these recipes that were not included in the original list. I tried to choose recipes that had low-cost produce items to keep the recipes low-cost. Additionally, consider other resources for produce such as getting some in trade from a friend’s garden or hitting up your local food bank.
$20 Grocery Budget Recipe Roundup
Give this Classic Black Bean and Rice Soup a try from Landeelu. It looks like it has a lot of flavor and very few ingredients.
Casseroles are one of my favorite ways to stretch food budgets. Here is a great Healthy Black Bean Casserole from Simple Green Moms.
Tuna wasn’t included on the list, but I feel I maybe should have added it since it is a great source of protein. This Tuna & White Bean Salad is super easy to make from Budget Bytes.
For a budget breakfast, try these 3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes from Recipe by Photo. They use two of the items on the $20 grocery budget list!
Another great frugal breakfast idea is these Sheet Pan Scrambled Eggs that are easy to make for busy mornings.
This Spinach and White Bean Soup from Damn Delicious looks like it has a lot of ingredients but they are mostly spices. Spinach is a good cheap green to buy as well!
Tofu Nuggets might make the perfect budget recipe for kids and adults, alike. Check out the recipe for Tofu Nuggets from So Vegan.
This hearty 5 Bean Quinoa Soup uses lots of low-cost ingredients and is easy to make for a weeknight dinner.
Easy Chickpea and Potato Curry from Recipe Tin Eats is not lacking in flavor and uses some general spices (which are much cheaper if bought in bulk) and a few simple and frugal ingredients.
While lentils were also not on the original list, they are also a wonderful frugal thing to purchase in bulk similar to beans and rice. This Lentil Chili from Little Broken is a great recipe to use them in. Chili tends to create lots of leftovers for using in meals the next day or two as well.