24 Cheap Dinner Ideas for the Thrifty Chef
These budget friendly meals are perfect to make for dinner when money's tight!
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We know why you're a copycat fan! You want restaurant-quality meals on a budget that fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, these cheap dinner ideas are simple, delicious, and you won't have to feel guilty about making them.
These cheap dinner recipes are just what you need to keep your grocery store receipt small and your family satisfied. They're a great way to get the same, great restaurant-style flavor from the dishes you crave without having to spend the money on going out to eat. Plus, you'll get to show off your cooking skills at the same time!
Don't be afraid to dig in! Whether you're in the mood for an easy soup recipe that will warm you right up, or cheap pasta recipes to make you feel like a fancy chef, this list has you covered.
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Cheap Dinner Ideas for 2
Bring some of the best restaurant-inspired dinner ideas to the table for you and your partner to enjoy whenever you want. Ready to skip the restaurant bill and start saving a couple bucks on dinner? These copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants are just the thing to get you started. Whether you're craving something fancy or something a bit more casual, we have just the recipe for you. Cheap dinner ideas have never been so delicious!
These easy dinner recipes for two take some of the most classic restaurant dishes and make them simple for anyone to make:
If you've ever been to Dallas, then you've probably been to Cafe Max and tried their famous chicken salad recipe.
If you are a fan of Chinese food, here is the Chinese recipe for you.
This recipe replicates the delicious burger recipe found at the famous fast food joint!
Whataburger is a great restaurant chain, but it is not located across the country.
Make your favorite Chili's menu item with this recipe for chicken!
Add some zest to your mealtime with this recipe for chicken!
Try this copycat version of sesame chicken the next time you want to make Chinese chicken recipes at home!
You can make common Chinese restaurant recipes at home with copycats like this one!
Cheap Dinner Ideas for 4
Whip up dinner for four with easy soup recipes, pasta dinner ideas, and other family dinner recipes. Who can resist dishes like chicken curry and restaurant-style nuggets? With these cheap dinner recipes, you'll be able to make the restaurant dishes you crave at a fraction of the price. It can be exciting to go out to eat with your friends, but sometimes a homemade dinner is the way to go!
Want a hearty, cheap, delicious dinner? These copycat recipes are just what you need:
This version is healthier than just the package by adding some fresh veggies!
A restaurant classic that can easily be made at home!
This creamy chicken and pasta recipe uses Cajun seasoning to create a delicious and spicy dinner dish!
Now you can enjoy a favorite restaurant chicken curry entree right at home!
This recipe was inspired by Chick-fil-A's classic dish!
This chicken is made in one pot and only takes 20 minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce!
You will fall in love with our copycat four cheese pasta!
This easy macaroni and cheese recipe is so good that you won't believe your taste buds!
Cheap Dinner Ideas for 6
These budget-friendly ideas for dinner are perfect for feeing your family regardless of wallet amount. No matter how great of a family restaurant there is, you can always find room for improvement that will help you save some money. If you have ever been to family-favorites like LongHorn Steakhouse and The Cheesecake Factory, then you know how valuable it is to find a menu option within your budget. Whether you want a classic pasta or a gourmet hamburger, you'll find the perfect cheap dinner idea here:
With this recipe, you can create a hearty, savory meal that tastes like is came from a popular restaurant.
With some white albacore tuna, a freshly-squeezed lemon, and a bit of extra virgin olive oil, you can create this pasta.
This recipe is one that will truly "wow" when you take the first bite!
Steak n Shake knows how to do their burgers right!
There are some recipes that are so good you may travel far and wide for them, but now you won't have to book any more trips to California.
Do you love to eat out, but sometimes do not have enough time?
Looking for a easy summertime dinner option?
Sometimes all you need is a little comfort food!
If you're a fan of restaurant desserts and good old fashioned sweet treats, this fantastic collection is perfect for you: 27 Restaurant Dessert Recipes to Make at Home
22 Copycat Comfort Food Recipes
Which of these budget-friendly recipes would you like to try?
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