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By Nellie's Kindness Crew
With prices rising at the grocery store seemingly every day, it can be tough to stay within your family's shopping budget and consistently put healthy, nutritious, whole foods on the table. Thankfully, eggs are one of the most budget-friendly whole food sources of protein (and not to mention tons of other nutrients!) you can buy. Not only are eggs relatively inexpensive per serving, but they can make any meal feel more filling and substantial. Whether you're looking for a vegetarian dish to meal prep for work lunches or want to make breakfast for dinner tonight, all of these recipes are made with inexpensive, affordable ingredients that fit the bill and the budget.
Clocking in at just 20 minutes of prep and cook time, this Italian dish makes dinner a snap. The ingredients are all easy to find and won't put a strain on your grocery budget, either. Canned tomatoes go a long way when simmered and topped with spinach (you can even use frozen), a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, a few herbs and spices, and half a dozen Nellie's Free Range Eggs. Serve with crusty bread for an inexpensive, filling dinner that the whole family will love!
Cabbage and potatoes are two of the most ubiquitous, economical ingredients in the produce section. Talk about bang for your buck! This recipe calls for a head of purple cabbage and purple potatoes (what can we say...we love purple!), which can be swapped for your favorite waxy potatoes and any type of cabbage from green to savoy. Add eggs and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and you've got a hearty hash on your hands.
Beans are a budgeter's best friend. Whether you choose canned black beans or simmer your own from dry, the homemade refried beans smeared on these yummy breakfast tostadas won't set you back more than a few cents per serving. It just so happens that corn tortillas are generally more affordable than flour, so you can grab a stack and fry them up without feeling like you're breaking the bank. For toppings, use whatever you have on hand! A pinch of raw cabbage for crunch or a spoonful of salsa does the trick every time.
A pot of this Korean-style egg drop soup not only feeds the whole family without breaking the bank, but gets dinner on the table in under half an hour. And thanks to a fairly short ingredients list, you might already have everything you need to make this dish: it calls for nothing more than chicken broth, a potato, a handful of mushrooms, white and green onions, eggs, and a couple pantry staples. Easy peasy!
If we told you this drool-inducing pan of tater tot nachos only requires four ingredients, would you believe us? Well, it's true! All you need is a bag of frozen tater tots, your favorite melty cheese, some bacon, and Nellie's Free Range Eggs. It all gets baked together for a reasonably inexpensive breakfast that feels a bit more special - but isn't any more costly - than the usual fare. The recipe feeds 4-6 people in total and is guaranteed to leave each and every one feeling satisfied.
It's no secret that rice is consistently one of the most economical essentials you can stock in your pantry. Paired with a few veggies (you can even use frozen in a pinch), soy and hoisin sauce, and Nellie's Free Range Eggs, this humble ingredient transforms into savory, sticky fried rice. But the real star of this recipe is the pineapple: it adds an element of sweetness that makes this fried rice irresistable to kids and adults alike. You'll only need about a cup of pineapple for four servings, and can opt for canned or frozen to save on your grocery bill.
Like rice, pasta is an economical pantry staple that doesn't break the bank and can feed an entire family with ease. And if you need some inspiration beyond spaghetti and marinara for your weekly pasta nights, look no further than this deviled egg pasta salad. It's packed with protein in the form of free range eggs and Greek yogurt and filled with flavor thanks to crisp veggies like celery and red onion. Isn't it amazing what you can do with an inexpensive box of elbow pasta?
Egg in a hole is a total win-win for budgeters because it requires two typically affordable staples - sliced bread and eggs - but can also be used as the canvas for any topping your heart desires. This makes it a great way to use up bits and bobs from the back of your fridge that might otherwise go to waste, like the last few sprigs of fresh herbs, a spoonful of salsa, or a couple crumbles of goat cheese.
Something about this jalapeño popper frittata screams breakfast for dinner, doesn't it? Instead of going out to eat or cooking up an expensive steak, get your protein fix without overspending. The frittata has all the flavors of everyone's favorite finger food without without the time consuming assembly: just combine a creamy egg base with ingredients like bacon bits, sliced jalapeños, and cream cheese and serve each slice with a side salad for a well-rounded, budget-friendly dinner.
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