Grocery prices are on the rise but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have have an inexpensive but nutritious and tasty home cooked dinner in just minutes! All of these recipes cost less than $5.00 for the entire thing! Yep, I do feed my entire family of 7 using these recipes for less than $5.00 with these recipes from our cookbook.
10 Dinners For $5 – Cheap Dinner Recipes And Ideas
You can make this Honey Baked Chicken Recipe in less than 5 minutes for less than $3 for the entire family! This is our family’s favorite and it’s easy to make!
6 chicken fryer pieces
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. salt
Arrange chicken in a baking dish with the skin side up. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting every 15 minutes (until chicken is tender and brown). Serve with rice. Serves 4-6.
4 -5 Tbsp. margarine (not butter)
4-6 pieces of chicken
1/2 cup baking mix
Salt and pepper
1 can refrigerator biscuits
Melt margarine in a 9×13 pan. Pour baking mix on a plate or in a plastic bag. Roll chicken in the margarine, then into baking mix and place back into the pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, until the juices run clear.
About 5-10 minutes before the chicken is done, push the pieces of chicken tightly against one side of the pan and lay biscuits into the pan on the opposite side. Finish baking until the biscuits are brown.
Note: It’s okay to lay the biscuits in the margarine and all in the bottom of the pan. That makes the biscuits margarine soaked and crispy. Oh, yum!
1 cup warm water (about 120 degrees)
1 pkg. or 1 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. oil (olive oil is best, but you can use vegetable oil)
2 1/2 – 3 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in a bowl with warm water. Add sugar, salt, oil and spices (see below). Mix well. Gradually add flour to form stiff dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth. Place in a greased bowl. Turn dough over to grease both sides. Cover and let rise until doubled. Makes 2 medium pizzas.
Add desired toppings and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is brown.
Optional Spices to add to dough:
2 tsp. garlic, crushed
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
For more easy pizza ideas, including ways to make the dough faster, check out our Homemade Pizza post.
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Salt and pepper (to taste)
4 pieces chicken
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix maple syrup, lemon juice and butter together in a small saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes. Spray a baking dish and place chicken in it. Add salt and pepper to the chicken. Bake 10 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and pour on glaze. Bake 15 minutes more or until juices run clear.
1 can enchilada sauce
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
12 corn tortillas
Spray a 9×13 pan (or one slightly smaller) with cooking spray. Place a tablespoon of sour cream and cheese in the center of each tortilla. Roll up each one and place in the pan. Pour enchilada sauce over it all and spread remaining sour cream and cheese on top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
This recipe serves about 4. If you have hearty eaters, you may want to double it.
You can make this in the morning and let it sit until you are ready to cook it. Some people like to include cooked hamburger, onions, chicken or green chiles along with the sour cream and cheese.
1/2-1 lb. round steak or leftover roast chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup sour cream or yogurt
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
2-3 cups rice or egg noodles, cooked
1 Tbsp. catsup
1 tsp. onion salt
1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
Cut round steak into small bite-sized pieces. In a large skillet, brown on medium high for 5-10 minutes (until cooked through). Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well. Cook only until heated through. Serve over rice or egg noodles. Serves 4.
If you are a chili connoisseur this quick and easy chili recipe may not be for you but if you have picky eaters or children this chili recipe may be be a life saver. You can adjust the amounts of the ingredients to the size of your family without doing much harm. This is also a perfect recipe to make the day before and just warm up when you need it.
3 small cans tomato soup*
3 soup cans of water
1/2 to 1 lb. cooked hamburger
Chili powder to taste
Garlic powder and onion powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
I usually use at least 2 teaspoons each of chili powder and garlic powder. You can also use onions. Put everything in a large pan and simmer at least 2 hours. It’s better to let it simmer all day if possible. You can add almost anything you want to this basic recipe. Beans work well or I like to crumble in some fried sausage for extra flavor.
*I have also replaced the soup with a large can (32-36 oz.) of tomato juice and it is good, too!
1 cup boxed stuffing (uncooked)
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen green beans, thawed
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 cups chicken or turkey, cooked and cubed
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
In a greased 2 quart baking dish, layer all of the above in the order given.
1 cup stuffing mix (uncooked)
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Mix topping and pour over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
1 (8 oz.) pkg. egg noodles or pasta, cooked
1/2 lb. ham, chopped
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
Mix first three ingredients together in a casserole dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes until warmed. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Serves 4.
1 package of any vegetable may be added.
1/2 lb. ground beef, browned
6 cups macaroni, cooked
2 cups American cheese
1/2 tsp.garlic powder
salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
In a casserole, mix browned ground beef with macaroni, tomato sauce and seasonings. Add cheese; stir. Heat in oven* at 350° for 20 minutes. Serves 4.
*When I am in a hurry I drain the macaroni add the hamburger, rest of ingredients and cheese into the same pan I cooked the mac in. I then stir until the cheese is melted.
From A Reader:
Here is an easy twist on your Hamburger Casserole recipe:
Brown 1 lb hamburger, drain grease
Prepare 1 box mac n’ cheese
When mac n’ cheese is done/prepared, add the browned hamburger, a can of drained corn, and a can of tomato sauce. Yummy, kids LOVE it, and so do husbands!! 🙂
Enjoy your day, Jen V. in Wisconsin
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