3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try

Recipes for the Broke! 3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try!  

None of you should get ashamed of dining simple. In fact, it should be a habit for you to do so once in awhile. After all, the prices of many ingredients today are beginning to stack up already. There are various food options that you can take if you are currently low in budget. But don't worry. None of these foods are bland, and unhealthy. Instead, they are the opposite. Here are some few recipes for the “poor” that you should try to create in your kitchen. All of them are quick and easy to prepare. Let’s start!

3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try! Recipe for the Broke
3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try! Recipe for the Broke

You can expect that most of the frugal recipes are constituted with fruits, vegetables, and other basic meat cuts. If you partner them with beverages like juice, your dining experience would be better. 

Recipes for the Broke

3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try! Recipe for the Broke
Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe can be prepared with only minimal ingredients needed. I consider it is a “phase” recipe, as you can eat today and simply forget it in the next day or week. After that, you'll remember this food again and crave for it.


● Shredded chicken (3 cups; cooked)
● Salsa verde (2 cups)
● Corn tortillas (16 pieces)
● Shredded jack cheese (1 1/2 cup)

Estimated Price $7 or less


1. Start by preheating your oven to around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While doing that, use a nonstick cooking spray to grease a baking dish.

2. Use a mixing bowl and combine there half cup of salsa verde and shredded chicken.

3. Put the tortillas in your microwave to warm them. Make sure that you cover them with a dishtowel. You need to do this so that the tortillas can be rolled and folded easily.

4. Stuff the chicken salsa verde to the warmed corn tortillas. Next, fold the tortillas and place them in the baking dish with their seamed side facing on the bottom. If there are remaining salsa verde, pour them on the top of the tortillas. Don't forget to sprinkle the cheese on the top of the tortillas, too.

5. Bake the recipe for around 20 minutes. Serve the warm.

3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try! Recipe for the Broke
Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Another sumptuous yet inexpensive recipe that you can try is the baked chicken with mushroom. It is an easy and hassle-free recipe that you can make even during hectic schedules and events. You can really enjoy this food, especially if your friends and family are gathering on the same table.


● Chicken thighs (8 pieces; bone-in and skin-on)
● Kosher salt or ground black pepper (1 teaspoon)
● Unsalted butter (3 tablespoons)
● Garlic (3 cloves; minced)
● Cremini mushrooms (8 ounces)
● Chicken broth (1 cup)
● Dried thyme (1/2 teaspoon)
● Chicken broth (1 cup)
● Dried thyme (1/2 teaspoon)
● Dried basil (1/2 teaspoon)
● Whole grain mustard (1 tablespoon)
● Heavy cream (1/4 cup)

Estimated price: $10 or less


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. While doing that, season the chicken thighs with pepper and salt.

3. In a skillet, melt two tablespoons of butter. After being melted, add the chicken thighs and sear both of their sides until the flesh color will turn golden brown. Each side should take around 3 minutes to be seared). Remove them afterward and set aside.

4. Melt another one tablespoon of butter in the mixture. Once melted, you can add the mushrooms and garlic to the equation. Stir continuously until the ingredients become tender. You can season them with pepper and salt to enhance their flavor. Next, add the broth, basil, and thyme to the skillet. Stir properly. After 3 minutes, put the chicken thighs again in the skillet.

5. Place the skillet into the oven and let it be roasted for around 25 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, set the chicken thighs aside. Do not throw the juices on the skillet.

6. Mix the heavy cream and mustard to the pan. Reduce the heat of the oven so that you can boil and simmer the mixture for around 5 minutes. Use this mixture as the sauce for the chicken thighs. Serve while it is hot.

3 Frugal Recipe Ideas That You Should Try! Recipe for the Broke
Sausage, Potato & Pepper Skillet Dinner

Sausage, Potato & Pepper Skillet Dinner

It would be great if you could also learn how to make this recipe. Most of the ingredients used this recipe are easily accessible and generally cheap. Therefore, making this meal should be convenient and practical on your part.


● Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
● Small potatoes (3 to 4 pounds; quartered)
● Garlic powder (1 teaspoon)
● Pepper and salt
● Sausage (1 pound; sliced)
● Red bell pepper (1 piece; diced)
● Green bell pepper (1 piece; diced)
● White onion (1 piece; chopped)

Estimated price: $5 or less


1. Put a skillet on a stove under a medium-heat setting. Pour the olive oil afterward. When the oil is already heated, put the quartered potatoes and saute them for around 7 minutes. Cover the skillet with a lid.

2. After that, season the potatoes with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. If necessary, add a half cup of water. Continue to cover the skillet for the next three minutes.

3. Add the sliced sausages to the mixture. If the sausages are still raw, stir the first for around 10 minutes. If they are already cooked, you can already add them to the potato mixture. Saute them for 4 minutes until they will get warm.

5. Next, add the bell peppers in the skillet. Saute the mixture for another four minutes. Sprinkle a little amount of pepper and salt to enhance the taste of the meal. Serve hot.

These are some of the frugal meal ideas that you can prepare if you are tight on budget. They are easy to make and the necessary ingredients to make them are relatively inexpensive. Of course, I have to emphasize that they are extremely nutritious, too! If you will learn more frugal recipes, you can survive any rainy days with a full stomach!

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