9 Budget-Friendly Recipes to Delight Your Family Without Breaking the Bank

Money is tight for many of us right now with the ongoing shutdown.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy homemade gourmet meals that feel very decadent.

With a little creativity, everyday eating can save money while being healthy and delicious.

These are all recipes that the kids in our house enjoyed as much as the adults did. I hope they bring full bellies and smiling faces to your house as well.

Wishing you comfort and enjoyment in your day today.

#1: Raisin Whole Wheat Scones for breakfast ($5)

These scones are one of my husband’s breakfast specialties to whip up for us on the weekend. They are crisp on the outside and so soft inside, pulling apart easily into two halves that can be loaded up with fruit and cream. I like to break them apart and dip each piece lovingly in warm soy milk before popping it into my mouth. Delicious!

#2. Butternut Squash Gnocchi for dinner ($5.50)

My Italian grandparents used to be famous for their gnocchi, and one summer they showed me how to make them. This is their gnocchi recipe as I remember it, except I like to use butternut squash sometimes instead of potato. If you’re looking for healthy comfort food, look no further!

#3. Avocado Toast for a healthy snack ($2)

We whipped this avocado toast up the other day to feed three hungry kids, alongside a farm-fresh salad. If you have a nice ripe avocado lying around, it’s really the easiest fancy snack, and fun to eat too.

#4. Fast French Dressing to top any greens ($2)

My daughter Megan is turning into the family saucier – the sauce chef. Here is a beautiful French dressing she made that was inspired by Rozanne. All ages enjoyed it on our lunchtime salads. Thanks Megan!

#5. Roasted Root Veggies for a tasty side ($6)

With root vegetables, it’s easy to throw everything in the oven and have a nice roasted medley for dinner. You can pair this with a soup or heartier entree. I used a yam, some turnips from the farm, and brussels sprouts. Other vegetables would work well too – like onions, carrots, or potatoes.

#6. Dilly Salmon Cakes for a fresh lunch treat ($8)

When fresh fish is hard to find, or when you have some leftover fish to use up, salmon cakes are a tasty way to get your omega-3’s. These are a bright lemon-dilly treat to serve up for lunch that’s also good for your mental health and wellbeing.

#7. Dry Roasted Almonds for an addictive snack ($8)

We had two giant bags of raw almonds from a past Costco run that weren’t getting eaten. So I decided to salt and dry roast them, and now they’re getting gobbled up like crazy. With this experiment, I learned how easy it is to roast almonds! Thanks to Jami for the inspiration.

#8. Homemade Applesauce for anytime ($3.50)

Maybe it’s because my mom used to make homemade applesauce for us when we were little, but I much prefer this to store-bought. Especially if our kids are willing to help peel and chop apples! This was a fun weekend project we did together, with delicious results.

#9. Grandma’s Fudgy Brownie Cookies for love ($4)

My British Grandma used to make these cookies for teatime when she was still with us. They’re fudgy and decadent. I loved going over to spend Friday afternoons with her when I was a young adult, and she still lives on in my heart and in my baking. This one’s for you, Grandma! 🙂

Many blessings from our home to yours for a wonderful weekend and week ahead. Please feel free to forward this to a friend who might be looking for creative meal ideas that don’t break the bank.

Happy cooking!
Maitri Alexandra 🙂

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