Sure, we all enjoy splashing out on dinner once in awhile, but trying to stick to a budget while creating a week’s worth of tasty and healthy meals can be a real challenge. Knowing which ingredients will go the extra mile in the kitchen can save a lot of time and money at the grocery store.
First, think about legumes (like lentils and chickpeas), then there’s the canned goods (low-budget multi-taskers like beans and tomatoes), frozen vegetables, affordable grains like rice and oats and, of course, the versatile egg. Each of these ingredients has a range of applications, is easy to use, and adds more flex
ibility to your wallet — and gives breakfast for dinner (maybe the best use for eggs?) an excuse to stay in the dinner roster.
Here are 10 staples to add to your grocery list — and the cheap meals you can make with them.
Add some eggs
The cost of meat and seafood can add up when used on a steady rotation. Make better friends with eggs — an affordable, protein-rich substitute — and incorporate them into more weeknight meals to save big. In this dish, the eggs are gently baked in a spiced chunky tomato sauce and served with crisp shards of toasted pita. (Kitchen note: Grape tomatoes are called for here, but feel free to substitute with best value tomato.) Get the recipe for tomato and egg shakshuka.