Deliciously Cheap Recipes for Inflationary Times

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Food price hikes have been hitting us hard…one measly bag of groceries can cost upwards of a hundred bucks. It’s time to take a hard look at our meal plan and cook smarter! Here are some of my best delicious but cheap recipes to get you started.

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I walked out of Whole Foods yesterday with one grocery bag, and $89 less in my checking account. It’s getting crazy out there and something has to give. It’s hard to predict what’s going to skyrocket in price next ~ did you know that heavier foods like potatoes and celery are getting more expensive because they cost more to transport! Who knew?

I mean, when candy, kids cereal, and jello go up in price I’m not really that concerned…but when they come after my Grey Poupon, it’s war!

my favorite cheap recipes to fight inflation…

Mac and Cheese

There’s always macaroni in the pantry, and with this recipe you can mix and match the cheese ~ use up what you’ve got and you may find a new winning combo as well as a super budget friendly meal.

If you need to economize with cheaper, less flavorful cheeses, try spicing up your mac and cheese with a bit of mustard, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, diced jalapeño, Worcestershire sauce, or sriracha! Smoked cheese is often cheap and has tons of flavor payoff, as well.

no-recipe mac and cheese!

Thanks for the easy ratios! I made this two nights ago. I used a hodge-podge of whatever cheese I had in my fridge: Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Mexican Blend, and Brie. It came out so creamy and delicious!

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Brothy Beans with Garlic Toast

Beans are a time honored inflation fighter, and a key part of the famous Blue Zone Diet that focuses on living past 100, so you can’t lose! If you’re concerned about the old ‘complete protein’ myth, don’t be, it’s been debunked. Beans are a fabulous source of protein all by themselves.

ladling brothy beans onto garlic toast

This soup is delicious. I have been trying to find ways to incorporate more beans into my family’s diet, and this fits the bill! I made extra for freezing as we are heading into colder weather. My husband loved it as well. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe!

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Quick Chili Oil Noodles

Asian style noodles are my latest dinner obsession and I’ll happily slurp them down with nothing but a few spoonfuls of chili oil and a runny egg. Asian inspired bowls like my Dan Dan Noodles and Weeknight Egg Roll Bowls are great ways to stretch meat protein.

quick chili oil noodles in a black bowl with a fried egg

This meal is strangely irresistible. After I made it last week for my husband and me we can’t stop talking about it. We’re having it again tonight 🙂

Joan B
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Sheet Pan Tuna Melts

Tuna is cheap, low in calories, and full of healthy omega-3s. A stack of cans in your pantry will outlast any inflation cycle, too. If prices are still soaring this summer we’ll live on my fave Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna.

A stack of tuna melt sandwiches on a sheet pan

Just when you think, “how could anyone improve on a tuna melt, seriously?” – you SERIOUSLY knocked it of the park! 

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The Best Stuffed Pepper Soup

This soup is so vibrant and delicious you’ll forget it’s so cheap to make. Soup is one of my favorite ways to reduce food waste. I make it a habit to make a pot of soup once a week to use up fresh produce in my fridge. As long as I’ve got stock or broth in the pantry and maybe a can of beans or tomatoes, I’m set.

stuffed pepper soup in a large stock pot

I love making soup and had to try this one! This soup is excellent. My husband and I ate this for a week. Definitely on the top of the list. I hope others will try it too, you will be so glad you did! Thanks SUE!

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Quiche Lorraine

Eggs for dinner is music to my ears. Not only are they easy, but they taste great and they’re cheap! In fact, unless you want to eat peanut butter for dinner, eggs are just about the cheapest form of protein out there. Quiches and frittatas are elegant, delicious, and the leftovers keep on giving.

quiche Lorraine on a plate with a green salad on the side

Thanks for a perfect recipe! I cook for my wife once a week and this was a huge hit. We’re watching our pennies (saving up for a house) so this is perfect, thank you.

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Kale and Pancetta Pasta with Lemon and Garlic

Pasta is your friend when you’re trying to eke out one more dinner before heading back to the grocery store. As long as you have olive oil and garlic, you can make something amazing with what you have lying around, guaranteed. Just ask the Italians, they’ve been doing it for generations.

kale and pancetta pasta

Hi Sue, I just made this recipe for dinner tonight after torturing my husband with the recipe for the past week or two. We live in France (Normandy) and I wasn’t able to find the exact ingredients. So here’s what I did – I used baby kale, a LOT of it. Instead of pancetta, I subbed in thick lardons. (bascially French bacon) Instead of heavy cream, I used fresh creme cru from a local farm. (Think very thick sour cream, but made from raw milk – we’re talking full fat baby!) lol And fresh tagliatelle pasta. Oh my GOSH, this recipe ROCKS!! 

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    Judith Christley
    January 15, 2022 at 9:41 am

    I must be a little thick but I can’t find ebook of recipes. I’m pretty sure I signed up, maybe several times, but no clue as to how to sign into recipe book. I download at least one of your recipes a week–fabulous.
    A great fan! Nana C

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      Sue Moran
      January 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

      Hi Judith ~ the e book link is sent automatically to you when you sign up, you must have missed it somehow. I’ll email it again to you! Thanks for your support 🙂

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      Terry Jaurequi
      January 15, 2022 at 11:42 am

      I have a question about your vibrant winter slaw with citrus vinaigrette recipe. Do you cook the beets or shred them raw?

      • Reply
        Sue Moran
        January 15, 2022 at 11:47 am

        I shred them raw, Terry, they’re delicious and so healthy!

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    Ellen Easton
    January 15, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Outstanding photography and creative ways to have tasty, less expensive foods. Great post during difficult times in our economy.

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