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Meals Under $10 For 2

Slow Food’s $5 Challenge earlier in the month really got me thinking about our family’s food budget, and what I could do to decrease the amount I spend on groceries every month. I still want to be able to provide healthy and wholesome meals that aren’t all vegetarian. Usually when I initially make a budget meal, I make it a bean-based vegetarian meal. Beans are always super cheap and so healthy. However, I would like to try and make some budget friendly meat-based meals, too. The editors at the Daily Meal were thinking the same thing. They took a challenge to create several low cost budget meals for 2 that would be under $10. They were afraid at first, but found it quite easy to make healthy meals on a shoestring budget. One dish, a fried rice recipe pictured in the slideshow below, was less than $3 total.

Shown above, Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta from The Daily Meal, at just $5.59 total cost.

Here’s a list of some great dinner ideas with links to the recipes from the Daily Meal:

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  • Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza 1 of 5
    Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza

    Nothing can save you more money than making your own homemade pizza.
    Total price: $8.97
    Find this recipe at the Daily Meal

  • Acorn Squash Risotto with Smoked Bacon and Fried Sage Leaves 2 of 5
    Acorn Squash Risotto with Smoked Bacon and Fried Sage Leaves

    This simple fall risotto is filling, delicious and won't put a dent in your wallet.
    Total price: $8.94
    Find this recipe at the Daily Meal

  • Seared Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Pan Sauce 3 of 5
    Seared Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Pan Sauce

    This recipe is not only inexpensive, but also pretty fancy. It would be a great late summer or early fall dish to serve
    Total price: $9.26
    Find this recipe at the Daily Meal

  • Game Day Chili 4 of 5
    Game Day Chili

    Chili is a crowd pleasing meal that's also budget friendly. You'll love this simple recipe.
    Total price: $9.63
    Find it at the Daily Meal

  • Fried Rice 5 of 5
    Fried Rice

    Fried Rice is a great way to use to leftover rice, plus all the leftover ingredients in your fridge.
    Total price: $2.69
    Find this recipe at the Daily Meal

To see the rest of this story, plus 5 more recipes for 2 under $10, visit The Daily Meal here.

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