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.
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.
Dress up canned tomatoes and eggs with refreshing mint and spicy sriracha for a speedy, satisfying breakfast-for-dinner.
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.
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.
Yes, pasta is inexpensive, too. But transforming cabbage into buttery noodles makes me feel a little bit healthier.
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.
A salad that will actually keep me full? Sign me up for two, please.
A slightly lighter, milder, and sweeter version of enchiladas that will still satisfy my cheese cravings.
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!
Source: FS – All – Food – News
Dinners That Will Get You Through the End of the Month