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100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon

Who could deny the usefulness of this list of quick, cheap eats? Babe and I will definitely use this as we work on saving in a major way for the next month or so. Just click a meal/item for the recipe. Easy peasy!



Get a good start to your day with these cheap-o breakfasts.

  1. Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
  2. Puff pastry chicken and bacon: You can make bacon and chicken in puff pastry using this recipe.
  3. Microwave scrambled eggs: Make scrambled eggs in the microwave with this recipe.
  4. Breakfast burritos: You can make these burritos ahead for a quick microwave breakfast.
  5. Onion quiche: This quiche makes a delicious, incredibly cheap breakfast.
  6. Omelet in a bag: Boil eggs and some handy ingredients for this simple, cheap omelet.
  7. Frittata: Add eggs to cheese, vegetables, and herbs you have handy in your fridge to make a frittata.


A college staple gets dressed up in these recipes.

  1. Antipasto ramen salad: With ramen, pepperoni, black olives, onion, and Italian dressing, you’ll find yourself with a great ramen salad.
  2. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: This dish makes a delicious stir fry from ramen.
  3. Chinese style ramen with veggies: Make your ramen a little bit healthier with some vegetables added in.
  4. Ramen noodle alfredo: Turn your ramen noodles Italian with this recipe.
  5. Beef & Broccoli Ramen: Add some meat and veggies to your ramen to make this dish.
  6. Spring ramen salad: Take a fresh approach to ramen with recipe.
  7. Hamburger ramen: Ground beef with ramen makes for a great meal.
  8. Chicken hollandaise ramen: Add chicken and hollandaise to your ramen for this meal.
  9. Egg drop noodle soup: You’ll combine ramen, eggs, and flour to make this tasty soup.
  10. Lo mein ramen: Follow this recipe for ramen lo mein style.
  11. Creamy veggies and ramen: Add celery soup and vegetables to ramen, and you’ll have a great meal.
  12. Pasta ramen salad: Use ramen as the base to make this delicious pasta salad.


Use these recipes to step up your sandwiches.

  1. Hot Dog Egg Sandwich: Get a good portion of protein and flavor from this sandwich.
  2. Egg Salad Sandwich: Cook up some hard boiled eggs for a cheap, tasty sandwich that’s really versatile.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwich: This sandwich is a delicious hybrid of grilled ham, cheese, and french toast.
  4. Grilled chicken and apple sandwich: This hot sandwich is healthy, affordable, and delicious.
  5. Canned salmon sandwich: Add celery, horseradish, and swiss cheese for a delicious, healthy meal from a can.
  6. Turkey, chutney and avocado grilled sandwich: This sandwich is an exotic, cheap treat.
  7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The classic college staple, grilled cheese sandwiches pack a lot of flavor for very little cost.

One Pot

These simple recipes can be pulled off in one pot.

  1. Creamy cauliflower soup: This vegetable soup is cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty.
  2. Cheap chili: Use chopped beef, tomatoes, and more for this cheap chili.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup: Take advantage of cheap winter vegetables with this soup.
  4. Slow cooker BBQ chicken: Combine cut up chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce for this recipe.
  5. Crockpot lemon chicken: Get inexpensive cuts of chicken and make this lemony meal for lots of flavor without lots of money.
  6. Minestrone soup: Eat this classic soup for a healthy, cheap meal.
  7. Cheeseburger soup: This soup is hearty enough to be a meal.
  8. Slightly Italian crockpot chicken recipe: With chicken, artichoke, onions, and spices, you’ll get an Italian chicken meal in a slow cooker.
  9. Cranberry pot roast: Beef roast and cranberries offer a lot of flavor in this crockpot meal.
  10. Crockpot potato soup: Make this soup from chicken broth and potatoes.
  11. Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder: This hearty chowder is great for winter eating.
  12. Chilled avocado soup: Check out this recipe for a healthy, refreshing treat.
  13. Slow cooker pulled pork: Make pork shoulder in the crock pot using this recipe.
  14. Middle East Chicken Soup: This ethnic chicken soup is a cheap, tasty, treat.
  15. Bean soup: In this bean soup recipe, you’ll find lots of protein for just a little money.


Use these healthy recipes to make cheap, delicious salads.

  1. Caesar salad: Combine romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing for a classic salad.
  2. Simple spinach salad: In this tasty salad you’ll find sweet pears and spinach.
  3. Bowtie Pasta Salad: Throw together some pasta, tomatoes, and other vegetables for this salad.
  4. Cucumber salad: This salad is fresh, delicious, and cheap.
  5. Caprese salad: This caprese salad is simple and delicious.
  6. Chicken Caesar salad: Eat this recipe as a salad, or put it into a wrap for a healthy, cheap treat.
  7. Simple green salad: Here you’ll find a simple, inexpensive salad with great flavor.
  8. Pecan mandarin orange salad: Get a bright and sweet salad from this recipe.
  9. Cucumber salad with sour cream: This salad is cheap and refreshing.
  10. Salmon orzo salad: With salmon filets, or even canned salmon, you can put together this salad treat.


You’ll find delicious casseroles in these recipes.

  1. O’Brien Casserole: Use O’Brien potatoes, beans, lean meat, and some veggies for a great potato casserole.
  2. Baked Tuna Chow Mein Microwave Casserole: Pop this tuna casserole in the microwave for a quick meal.
  3. Easy cheap casserole: This casserole combines easy, affordable ingredients.
  4. Penne Pasta Casserole: Make this tasty pasta casserole for $3 or less.
  5. Meatloaf: ground beef combined with ketchup, onions, and more makes a great meal for less than a dollar per serving.
  6. Four Bean Casserole: This casserole is popular at potlucks and with barbequed meals.
  7. Tuna casserole: With canned tuna, you can make a healthy, delicious tuna casserole on the cheap.

Pizza & Pasta

Get your grains with these recipes.

  1. Microwave Mexican pizza: Use tortillas, cheese, salsa, and sour cream for this pizza.
  2. Bagel pizza: Use this recipe to make pizza on a bagel.
  3. Spaghetti: Pick up multigrain pasta with tomato sauce and mushroom for a big meal without a big budget.
  4. Feast of Pasta: Create this casserole with pasta, onions, and other simple ingredients.
  5. Shrimp with ricotta sauce on pasta: Upgrade your pasta dish with this recipe.
  6. Easy calzones: Use cheese, vegetables, and pepperoni in these easy calzones.
  7. Olio e Aglio Pasta: This side dish combines angel hair with oil and garlic.
  8. Pasta salad: Combine your favorite pasta with salad dressing, and olives, vegetables, or herbs you have handy.
  9. Pasta and Ricotta Cheese: This pasta favorite is a crowd pleaser.


These recipes offer affordable main dishes.

  1. Baked potato: Often served as sides, a baked potato can be the main dish-just add lean meat, beans, or chili.
  2. Mexican hot dogs: This twist on hot dogs is extra delicious.
  3. Chili: With beef, tomatoes, and beans, you can make a delicious chili.
  4. Tuna patties: Put tuna, egg, relish, crumbs, salad dressing, and other simple ingredients together to create yummy tuna patties.
  5. Cheap beef stroganoff: This recipe offers a cheap version of beef stroganoff.
  6. Vegetarian chili: Use soy protein, tomatoes, and beans for a protein and fiber packed chili without any meat.
  7. Eggplant parmesan: Eggplant parmesan makes a cheap and delicious vegetarian meal.
  8. Vegetarian sweet and sour tofu: If you’re looking for a great vegetarian meal on the cheap, check out this recipe.
  9. Parmesan chicken: With breadcrumbs, parmesan, and chicken, you can make this very tasty main dish.
  10. BBQ chicken: Slather chicken with barbeque sauce, pop it in the oven, and enjoy.
  11. Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken: Make some delicious chicken in a slow cooker with this recipe.
  12. Salmon patties: Use canned salmon, bread crumbs, and other simple ingredients for this healthy, cheap dish.
  13. Meatballs and orzo: Make these easy meatballs instead of using store bought frozen ones.


Use these recipes to complement your entrees on the cheap.

  1. Buttered baby carrots: Sweet, tender carrots make up this side dish.
  2. Roasted asparagus: Follow this simple recipe for a healthy, cheap vegetable side.
  3. Spicy mac: Make macaroni and cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce.
  4. Garlic toast: Use this recipe for delicious garlic bread that will please any taste.
  5. Microwave macaroni and cheese: Make your own homemade mac and cheese in the microwave.
  6. Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes: Pesto, ricotta, and tomatoes come together for this delicious side that’s great for potlucks.
  7. Scalloped potatoes: These scalloped potatoes are easy and creamy.
  8. Bean and rice salad: This salad is delicious and cheap.
  9. Green beans amandine: With this recipe, you can omit almonds for even more money savings.
  10. Onion scones: In these simple scones, you’ll find lots of flavor.
  11. Potato croquettes: These croquettes are a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes.
  12. Twice-baked potatoes (microwave): Make this cheap potato classic in the microwave for easy cooking.
  13. Broccoli and cauliflower salad: This salad is cheap and packed full of nutrients.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with these affordable dessert recipes.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies: Create cookies with chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or even pretzels with this recipe.
  2. 1 step brownies: Turn a chocolate box cake into simple, cheap brownies using this recipe.
  3. Balsamic strawberries with marscapone cheese: A few delicious ingredients make for a tasty, cheap treat.
  4. Cheap and quick cookies: This recipe will show you how to turn cake into cookies.
  5. Lemonade pie: Simple ingredients go into this delicious, cheap pie.
  6. Easy baked apples: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and raisins come together in this microwave recipe.
  7. Super easy microwave peanut butter fudge: Only two simple ingredients to into this peanut butter fudge.




100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon.


Eating Inexpensively

So, it’s saving time. For the next month or two, Babe and I will be spending as little as possible. We have to come up with quite a bit of money to take care of the expenses related to moving into a new place. That being said, we’ve got food in our cupboards that we need to work with. Anything that we buy has to last a while, or at least be able to make a good bit of food and be freezable. Ideally, we won’t be spending more than US$20 (on grocery) in any given week. Also, we’d like to have a normal amount of energy, and not miss out on too many nutrients that we would normally get when we’re not on a crazy budget. And not end up super flabby from muscle loss. Hahaha. Good luck to us, right?

Here are meal ideas we’ve come up with so far (using what we have):

  • Tuna and grits (It’s a Bahamian thing. When I make it again, I’ll take pictures. I don’t really use recipes when cooking, but I’ll try to pay attention to the amounts I use as well as the method.)
  • Corned beef and rice (Recipe coming soon!) with corn and cabbage if we manage to swing it.
  • Eggs and turkey bacon
  • Oatmeal (with raisins, bananas, PB, Nutella, cinnamon, brown sugar… Whatever we can get.)
  • Tuna pasta (This is Babe’s specialty… Corkscrew pasta mixed with tuna, maybe tuna salad? And some corn, seasoned well. YUMMY)
  • Tuna sandwiches
  • Homemade spaghetti (Make a tonne of it and freeze to have between other little, less satisfying meals)
  • Salad (Keeping it simple with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olives, and a little dressing.)
  • Ramen Noodles (Make it better with tuna, frozen veggies, mushrooms, corn… Whatever makes sense.)
  • Fried rice (with mushrooms, red/yellow/green peppers, shredded chicken, onions)
  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup (If we manage to squeeze cheese into the budget.)
  • Baked beefaroni (Mix up corkscrew pasta with cooked ground beef, pasta sauce, and cheese. Requires cheese, but should make enough for quite a few meals in the 9×13 inch pan)
  • Pancakes. Probably with fruit. Like an apple, or banana. Whatever has a price that smiles at us. As opposed to laughing at us. Hahaha.
Items we always usually have had in stock:
  • Tuna
  • Corned beef
  • Spaghetti (noodles, not canned soup)
  • Grits
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Potatoes (Hopefully we can keep this up)
  • Corn (Hopefully we can keep this up too)
  • Ramen Noodles (We never really ate it before. We just kept it “for hard times.”)
  • Eggs
  • Bread
What are your ideas for decent meals that are easy on the tightest of budgets?
What do you think we should buy (not exceeding the $15 budget) to help ourselves out with meal-making?