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People Are Sharing Cheap And Easy Family Meals They Make All The Time

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Maybe you're cooking in a college dorm room, or there's just not much in the fridge, or perhaps you're just trying to save cash on groceries. Whatever the case, everyone needs a handful of go-to budget-friendly meals to rely on.

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So people on Reddit are sharing their go-to cheap and delicious homemade recipes, and some look seriously comforting. Read on for the whole list.

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1. Upgraded Instant Ramen

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"Get a cheap packet of ramen. Throw in frozen veggies and some protein like fried tofu or a hard-boiled egg. Boom, you've got a respectable meal." —u/westerngrace

2. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Nachos

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"You need canned or pre-cooked black beans, diced and peeled sweet potato, canned tomatoes, garlic, and whatever combination of onion, bell pepper, zucchini, squash, or corn you have on hand. Sauté the vegetables until soft, add everything else, season to taste, and eat with tortilla chips. It makes a ton of food and freezes well so you can cook once and eat it for days." —u/soupsocialist

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3. Mejadra

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"This dish has many different spellings, but it's a combination of rice, lentils, and caramelized onions. It tastes so much better than you would ever imagine." —u/MillySO

4. Hash and Eggs

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"Just grab bits of meat, chopped potatoes, any kind of veggies, and some seasoning. Fry it up and then crack some eggs over the hash, sprinkle cheese on top, and pop it in the oven. It's an easy and cheap meal for a family." —u/abe_the_babe_

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5. Mexican-Inspired Mac 'n' Cheese

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"You need ground beef, pasta shells, diced tomatoes, and green chiles, Velveeta, and taco seasoning. It's super yummy and costs around $1.70 per serving." —u/Lovely_Raptor

6. Potato and Chickpea Curry

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"Make it with diced potato, canned chickpeas, tomatoes, and Indian spices. I like to add spinach and sometimes lentils. It's satisfying, flavorful, cheap, and very quick. It also happens to be vegan, and you can adapt the recipe to whatever is in your fridge. I make a big batch and bring it to work all week." —u/newmagoo

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7. Tortilla Pizza

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"Just layer tomato sauce, spices, onions, bell peppers, and cheese on a tortilla." —u/deleted

8. Cinnamon Toast

@creatingahealthylife / Via instagram.com

"Cheap white bread, few cents of margarine, few cents of sugar and cinnamon." —u/snausagebot

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9. Tater Tot Casserole

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"Ground beef cooked with onion, salt, pepper, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Put that in a casserole dish topped with tater tots, and bake until the tots are browned. Finish it with American cheese singles, and heat until melted." —u/pestilentPony

10. Scrambled Eggs and Black Bean Tacos

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"It takes just minutes to prepare. Add cheese, hot sauce, chopped tomato, and cilantro to jazz it up, but it's also good enough as a three-ingredient meal. Serve it in a warm corn tortilla. —u/Igotolake

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11. Mac 'n' Cheese With Hot Dogs

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"We make it once a week. It's super cheap and filling." —u/daddyselfprincess

12. Curried Chickpea Soup

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"Take a can of chickpeas, half a can of tomato paste, half an onion, and a generous dash of curry powder. Simmer it all for a while, and enjoy with bread or rice. It yields 2–3 servings for about $4." —u/beef_boloney

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13. Omelette in a Mug

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"Rub some olive oil in a microwaveable mug, crack two or three eggs into the mug, and add a bit of milk, salt, and pepper. Add whatever ingredients you have like spinach, bell peppers, onions, leftover chicken, etc... Mix it all up, mix in some shredded cheese, then microwave at 45 second intervals until the egg is cooked through."  —u/bakedbreadjen

14. "Slow Cooker Sausage and Tortellini Soup."

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15. Fried Cabbage and Smoked Sausage

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"Slice sausage into thin medallions and fry. Chop cabbage into one-inch pieces. Add the cabbage to the pan when sausage is fully cooked. Salt and pepper to taste." —u/Elvisneedsboats3609

16. Twice-Baked Potatoes With Tuna Fish

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"Bake potatoes and scoop out the inside. Mash the potato with a can of drained tuna, chopped green onion or chives, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and some shredded cheese. Stuff it back into the potato skins, and top with more grated cheese. Bake at 350°F until hot and bubbly." —u/sweetnesssa

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17. Tomato Soup Macaroni

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"This was my Grandma's recipe. All you need is one can of tomato soup, butter, macaroni shells and salt and pepper."—u/Kaylee2109

18. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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"It's so easy and cheap to make. You can bulk it up easily with vegetables like grape tomatoes or spinach, and all you need for the base recipe is olive oil, garlic, and pasta. You can also always top it with something like rotisserie chicken or a fried egg." u/sailorastarte

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19. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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"This meal basically got me through college." —u/yellowjacquet

20. Sopa de Fideo

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"It's a very simple Mexican noodle soup that's cheap to make." —u/various101

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21. Lazy Stroganoff

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"Make it with whatever leftover meat you have in the fridge, a jar of gravy, and boil-in-bag rice or pasta. Delicious, filling, and made fabulous leftovers." —u/Soliterria

22. Spam Sandwiches

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"Thinly slice canned Spam, cover both sides in mustard, pan-fry until firm and slightly crispy, and then make a sandwich on plain white bread. Delicious." —u/dackling

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23. Scallion Pancakes

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"Mix together equal parts hot water and white flour with a dash of salt. Let the batter sit, then mix in chopped green onions, and fry the pancakes in oil or butter until crispy. I like to eat mine with hot sauce." — u/bogmonster666

24. Rice and Beans With a Fried Egg

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25. Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos

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26. "Mac 'n' cheese with a can of drained tuna and some frozen peas mixed all together."

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27. Salsa Chicken

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"Throw boneless chicken thighs and salsa into a slow cooker and leave it all day. Serve as a taco or burrito filling or eat by itself. Super easy, cheap, and tasty." u/—u/MsFrizzle8

28. Beanie Weenies

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"It's baked beans with chopped-up hot dogs."—u/lavender_and_mace

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29. Whatever's in the Fridge Fried Rice

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"Take a bunch of leftover rice, egg, and pretty much whatever ingredients you have on hand. If you season it well and cook all the ingredients separately, it's delicious, cheap, and versatile." —u/Tigertigerishungry

30. Sausage and Dirty Rice

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"One of my all-time favorites. Sliced-up sausage, a can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, chopped onion, chopped celery, minced garlic, chicken broth, cooked rice, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Fast and easy." —u/AssCrackandCheerios

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31. Ramen Pad Thai

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"I'll never stop eating instant ramen! I make a mixture of with peanut butter, fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and chili paste to make faux pad Thai." —u/nervous_lobster

32. Tomato Sandwich

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"Bread, sliced tomato, mayo, and a little bit of salt. I’ve gotten weird reactions to this meal, but it’s still one of my favorites." —u/sneakstache

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33. Huevos Rancheros

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"it's just a fried tortilla, eggs, and salsa on top."  —u/calibeach83

34. "Fried Bologna and Cheese on White Bread."

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"Occasionally I even buy Wonder Bread for the full experience." —u/Northsidebill1

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35. Carbonara

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"It's cheap and relatively easy. While you cook pasta, dice some bacon and fry it until crispy. Add a touch of olive oil plus the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Add raw egg yolk, shredded parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Stir over low heat until well combined. Then serve with more freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan."  —u/terrendos

36. Chicken and Broccoli Braid

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"Inexpensive, extremely filling, and you can turn it into so many different possibilities." —u/deleted

Do you have a favorite cheap and easy meal you make all the time? Tell us in the comments below.

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