Dinners That Will Get You Through the End of the Month

Last month, my landlord upped my rent. It could’ve been worse…but when I pulled out my checkbook yesterday and wrote the new amount, reality sank in. This rent is my new normal.

Because rent is a fixed cost (for a while, anyway!), I’m looking for other ways to cut down on spending. I already cook most of my meals, but thoughtfully shopping my pantry or limiting myself to low-cost ingredients like cabbage, tomatoes, or ground beef during rent week will keep my bank account (and me) full until payday. Here are 9 dishes I’m considering for the rest of the month.

Kelli's Green Spaghetti With Aji SauceKelli’s Green Spaghetti With Aji Sauce
by Carlos C Olaechea

This interpretation of a Peruvian classic is creamy without being too rich. Plus it packs a flavor subtle enough for kids while possessing enough nuance for adults to appreciate.

Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato SauceEggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce
by ieatthepeach

Dress up canned tomatoes and eggs with refreshing mint and spicy sriracha for a speedy, satisfying breakfast-for-dinner.

Pull-Apart Cheesy Baked PotatoPull-Apart Cheesy Baked Potato
by Ali Slagle

This is for days where I don’t want to feel like I’m budgeting—a hybrid baked potato–French fry. It’s so fun to pull apart, and I can customize it to my mood (and pantry) with spicy kimchi, funky blue cheese, or fragrant curry powder. Plus it’s ready in under 10 minutes.

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah
by olive

I’m not letting the fact that I don’t have dukkah in my pantry keep me away from this super-simple salad. I’ll just mix the sesame seeds, ground cumin, caraway seeds, red chiles, and black pepper myself.

Cabbage e PepeCabbage e Pepe
by Sarah Jampel

Yes, pasta is inexpensive, too. But transforming cabbage into buttery noodles makes me feel a little bit healthier.

Anytime Meatball SandwichesAnytime Meatball Sandwiches
by Lynne Curry

I have a pound of ground meat in my freezer just waiting to be meatballs. And I won’t judge if you use jarred tomato sauce because I’m doing the exact same thing.

Peter Miller's Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and BasilPeter Miller’s Lentils Folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil
by Genius Recipes

A salad that will actually keep me full? Sign me up for two, please.

Entomatadas (Cheese-Filled, Tomato Sauce-Smothered Tortillas) Entomatadas (Cheese-Filled, Tomato Sauce-Smothered Tortillas)
by Sarah Jampel

A slightly lighter, milder, and sweeter version of enchiladas that will still satisfy my cheese cravings.

Tomato RiceTomato Rice
by Merrill Stubbs

My O.G. rent week dinner—I am in love with Merrill’s buttery, slightly sweet tomato rice. Plus it’s a one-pot dish. Swoons.

What did I miss? Share your own wallet-friendly recipes in the comments below!

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Dinners That Will Get You Through the End of the Month