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28 Super Cheap Meals for when you are Broke

28 Super Cheap Meals for when you are Broke

Are you on a tight budget but still want to enjoy delicious meals? We have compiled a list of 30 super cheap meals that are perfect for those who are broke. These recipes are not only affordable, but they are also easy to make and packed with flavor.

Whether you’re a college student, just starting out in your career, or simply trying to save money, these budget-friendly meals will satisfy your hunger without breaking the bank. So let’s get cooking and saving.

  1. Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit by Amy

A classic breakfast option that is both nutritious and budget-friendly. Simply cook oats according to package instructions and top with fresh fruits like bananas, berries, or apples. You can also add nuts or nut butter for some extra protein and flavor.

  1. Avocado Toast with Egg by Ellen

This trendy breakfast dish is not only Instagram-worthy, but also delicious and cheap. Toast a slice of bread, spread mashed avocado on top, and add a sunny-side up egg for protein.

  1. Breakfast Burritos by Love and Lemons

Make your own burritos with ingredients like scrambled eggs, cheese, beans, and salsa wrapped in a tortilla. These can be made ahead of time and frozen for a quick and easy breakfast option.

  1. Yogurt Parfait by Rachael

Layer yogurt, granola, and your choice of fruits in a jar or glass for a nutritious and affordable breakfast on the go.

  1. Banana Pancakes by Yumna

A delightful twist on a breakfast classic, banana pancakes are not only delicious but also cost-effective. Mash a ripe banana, mix it with a few simple ingredients, including flour and eggs, and cook on a griddle. Serve hot with a drizzle of syrup or honey for added sweetness.

  1. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie by Erren

For a quick and nutritious breakfast that doesn’t skimp on flavor, blend together a banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, milk (or a dairy-free alternative), and ice. It’s a protein-packed smoothie that’s perfect for those on-the-go mornings.

  1. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple by Adina

Cottage cheese is a high-protein, low-cost food that pairs wonderfully with canned pineapple—or any fruit of your choice. It’s a refreshing and satisfying breakfast option for those looking to save money and time.

  1. Pasta Salad by Inspired Taste

Cooked pasta mixed with vegetables, protein (such as canned tuna or chickpeas), and a simple dressing make for a filling and budget-friendly lunch option.

  1. Grilled Cheese by Love and Lemons

A classic sandwich that never gets old. Use your choice of bread, cheese, and add-ons like sliced tomatoes or avocado for a delicious and cheap meal.

  1. Vegetable Quesadillas by Inspired Taste

Saute your choice of vegetables with some spices, then fill tortillas with the veggies and cheese for a quick and tasty lunch.

  1. Ramen with Veggies by Hey Nutrition Lady

Upgrade your instant ramen noodles by adding in vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms for added nutrition and flavor.

  1. Tuna and White Bean Salad by Beth

A can of tuna and a can of white beans drained and mixed with a little olive oil, chopped fresh herbs, and a squeeze of lemon juice makes a protein-rich, flavorful salad. It’s a no-cook recipe that’s perfect for a quick and healthy lunch.

  1. Egg Salad Sandwich by Lauren

Boil some eggs, chop them up, and mix with a bit of mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Spread the egg salad on bread with some lettuce for a filling sandwich that’s also easy on your wallet.

  1. Veggie and Hummus Wrap by Diana

Spread your favorite hummus on a whole wheat wrap and load up on sliced vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, and spinach for a crunchy, healthy, and inexpensive lunch option.

  1. Black Bean Soup by Cookie and Kate

Simmer black beans with broth, tomatoes, and seasonings like cumin and chili powder to create a hearty, comforting soup. Top it with a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese if desired.

  1. Spiced Chickpea Salad by Erin

Toss canned chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite spices such as curry powder or paprika. Add in fresh or roasted vegetables like tomatoes or bell peppers, and herbs like parsley or cilantro for a fresh, satisfying lunch.

  1. Veggie Stir-Fry by Beth

A stir-fry made with your choice of veggies, such as bell peppers, onions, and broccoli, served over rice or noodles makes for a simple and affordable meal.

  1. Bean Tacos by Cooking Classy

Tacos are not only delicious, but also inexpensive. Fill tortillas with canned beans, cheese, and toppings like lettuce and salsa for a filling dinner option.

  1. Pasta with Tomato Sauce by TNN

A budget-friendly classic that never fails. Cook pasta according to package instructions and top with your favorite tomato sauce for a quick and easy dinner.

  1. Fried Rice by Kelly

Make use of leftover rice by turning it into a fried rice dish with any vegetables, protein, and seasoning you have on hand.

  1. Popcorn by Food Network

A healthier and cheaper alternative to store-bought snacks. Pop kernels in a pot or microwave and flavor with seasonings like salt, cinnamon, or nutritional yeast.

  1. Hummus and Veggies by Danijela

Make your own hummus (or buy it if it’s on sale) and pair with vegetables like carrots, celery, and bell peppers for a nutritious and affordable snack.

  1. Fruit Smoothie by Eating Well

Blend your choice of fruits with milk or yogurt for a delicious and budget-friendly smoothie. You can also add in some greens like spinach or kale for added nutrients.

  1. Trail Mix by Davida

Make your own trail mix with ingredients like nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and chocolate chips for a customizable and cheap snack option.

  1. Fruit Salad by Delish

A refreshing and healthy dessert option. Simply chop up your favorite fruits and combine them in a bowl for a sweet treat.

  1. No-bake Energy Bites by Ali

These easy-to-make bites are made with oats, nut butter, and other mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruits. They make for a perfect on-the-go snack or dessert.

  1. Banana Nice Cream by Robin

Turn frozen bananas into a creamy and guilt-free ice cream by blending them in a food processor until smooth. Add in some toppings like nuts or sprinkles for extra flavor.

  1. Apple Crisp by Sally

A tasty dessert made with apples, oats, and spices. This can be made in a large batch and enjoyed throughout the week.

By following these tips and trying out these super cheap meals, you can satisfy your hunger without breaking the bank. Remember, budget-friendly eating doesn’t have to be boring or bland. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can enjoy tasty and affordable meals every day.