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Budget recipes


All image below allow you to click through to the recipe. (Some of the recipes without images were posted before I had the foggiest idea of how to take a decent picture. I’d like to get them updated with better photos, but the recipes are tried, true, and simple.)

All recipes on Home Ec 101, unless otherwise specified are written for people learning to cook with average kitchens. You don’t need fancy, high-end appliances to make delicious food for your family. The ingredients are also supposed to be easy to find. If you can’t find them at your local neighborhood grocery store or store similar to WalMart.

I never intend to share recipes that require a lot of extra legwork.

This website has been undergoing a makeover and as I find more budget friendly recipes that have been buried in the archives, I’ll keep updating this page.

Here we go:



Everything you ever wanted to know about beans and legumes

How to cook with dried beans

Beans and rice

Lentil casserole (lentil loaf anyone?)

Lentil enchiladas

Lentil Patties / Burgers

Lentil Pilaf

Two Bean Tamale Pie

Breakfast for Dinner

Eggs are a budget friendly way to fill up

Breakfast Skillet

How to Fry Eggs

How to make pancakes

How to make buttermilk pancakes

Let’s talk cheap chicken cuts (thighs and leg quarters)

Chili Honey Thighs
Chili Honey Chicken Thighs
Garlic and Soy
Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs
Balsamic Marinated
Balsamic Marinated Chicken Thighs
Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed
Carmelized Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken Thighs
Oven Fried
Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried with Italian Marinade
Italian Marinated Fried Chicken Thighs


Chicken Bog – This dish is perfect to take a a new mom, a grieving family, or any time a covered dish is appropriate. It feeds a crowd and freezes very well.Chicken BogChicken Salad
Chimichangas – Oven, not deep fried

Oven Fried Chimichangas


Let’s Get Ground Tonight –

Ground beef and pork can be bought on clearance and frozen until needed

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Quick Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet 12k Pinterest fans can’t be wrong

Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet – with tomato sauce

Classic Meatloaf

Classic, meatloaf, not to be confused with Aunt Charlene's Meat Brick

Sloppy Joes


Mostly Meatless

Don’t for get the sides that can stretch or even become the main dish and we won’t tell anyone if you splurge a little and add the bacon

Cornbread – Plain
Cornbread – Sweet

Ever wondered the right way to bake a potato? Look no further

Macaroni and Cheese – Stove Top
Pasta Salad

Tomato PieMarinara

Roast Vegetables -unexpected guests? Just keep adding more veggies.