Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
In this version of vegetarian chili, black beans get beefed up with chunks of sweet potatoes. The result is rich, sweet, and spicy, and an easy way to feed yourself on the cheap.
Lemon Shrimp with Mustard-Hermp Roasted Onions
Shrimp isn't exactly cheap, but there are degrees of not-cheap. If you take on the burden of shelling and cleaning the shrimp yourself, you've already cut the price on a pound down by at least a couple of bucks.
Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers
What better way to enhance your typical vegetable skewers than by sticking chunks of cheese in between zucchini, onion, and tomato pieces? Halloumi has a high melting point so the cheese browns without compromising the entire grill for a surprisingly satisfying dish.
Chicken, Vegetable, and Ricotta Frittata
If you're looking for a good "use it up" sort of meal, nothing beats a frittata. The flavors in this frittata are light and fresh, with basil taking the lead.
Scrambled Eggs with Chili Oil
Light, fluffy, subtly flavored scrambled eggs are taken to another taste-bud jolting level with the addition of fresh green chilies.
Make-Ahead Zucchini and Roasted Potato Puttanesca
Lightly blanched shaved zucchini ribbons and crispy roasted red bliss potatoes provide a sweet foil to the briny tang of puttanesca sauce. Instead of smothering the delicate zucchini, this makes just enough to sauce to enhance the vegetable flavors without weighing them down, physically or on your taste buds.
Poached Eggs with Spiced Lentils
Poached eggs add a restrained richness to pantry-staple lentils, while ground spices quickly toasted with onions and garlic add some depth.
Rustic Chicken Stew with Tomatoes, Olives, and Red Wine
This dish is versatile and keeps very well, so you can prepare it with the night before you want to serve it and it will taste just as good as—if not better than—when it was fresh.
Chicken and Rice with Broccoli
Chicken and rice is a common combination that's seen in a variety of cuisines, each with its own twist. For this easy one-pot meal, feel free to customize it to your own tastes.
Skillet Barley with Broccoli, Feta, and Tomatoes
A spicy, almost-one-pan meal that's hearty and filling.
Coconut-Vegetable Rice Pilaf with Peppercorns
Vegetables, almonds, and fatty coconut milk add to the savoriness of the pilaf, but in large part the deliciousness of this hearty rice is owed to these peppercorns—which is good news for your wallet, no matter how stocked your spice rack is.
Feel free to up the Parmesan amount to a full cup if you want a creamier dish or even stir in some heavy cream or ricotta before putting it in the oven. Adding some sausage to the recipe could also be another delicious twist to try if you're feeling adventurous.
Stovetop Chicken Lasagna
Melty-cheesy, hearty, sausage-flavorful, on the table in under an hour, and (somewhat) guilt-free.
Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables
Like polenta, grits practically beg to be topped with a saucy accompaniment, something that'll ooze extra flavor into it. A poached egg tops the thing off, adding its rich golden yolk to enhance the saucy vegetables.
Baked Orzo with Chard, Feta, and Dill
Forty minutes of oven-time, and you've got yourself a big, satisfying dish of pasta with Mediterranean flavors that's soft underneath and just a little crispy on top.
Macaroni and Cheese with Chickpeas and Spinach
It's kinda like getting your spinach dip and your mac and cheese all in one go (you can even add some chopped artichokes to the mix if it moves you to do so).
Bulgur Salad with Apricots, Radicchio, Herbs, and Walnuts
Chewy and nutty-tasting, bulgur is high in fiber, protein, and nutrients and makes an excellent base for a quick, throw-together salad.
Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Bacon and egg fried rice makes use of an over abundance of take out rice or leftover and transforms it into a satisfying meal with just a few other pantry staples.
Skillet Egg-in-a-Hole with Avocado, Asparagus, and Feta
This dish is a slightly elevated version of a skillet supper typically made by college students and recent grads. It's easy, filling, and the addition of asparagus gives it a springy, sophisticated touch.
Roasted Tomato Quesadillas with Cilantro Cream
Inexpensive ingredients, even leftovers, are infinitely more appealing when wrapped in a plain old supermarket tortilla—warmed, crisped, and filled.
Toast with Refried Beans and Avocado
A quick and easy meal that's cheap, filling, and tasty, too.
Caprese Grilled Cheese
The traditional combo of mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes stuffed into crusty bread and toasted to perfection.
Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese
Toasty, buttery bread filled with ham, pickles, goeey cheese, and a swipe of yellow mustard.
Avocado, Arugula, and Walnut Sandwiches
Sometimes, the best sandwiches are those with the fewest ingredients—ingredients that sometimes happen to all be vegetarian. This simple sandwich consists of nothing more than avocado, arugula dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, chopped walnuts, and some salt and pepper sprinkled about, all intermingled between two pieces of wheat bread.
Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Croque Mademoiselle
This ladylike, vegetarian version of Croque Monsieur starts with thick, crusty slices of white sandwich bread. The inside is stuffed with chargrilled slices of zucchini made earthy with herbes de Provence and tons of Emmenthaler.