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Money-Saving Summer Meals

Created January 10, 2017
Oven-Baked Chicken
Looking to spend less money at the grocery store and more time savoring what’s left of summer? We’re right there with you! These easy meals can feed your family for less than $4 a serving, and most all are prepped in 30 minutes or less.

Good Eats Off the Grill

Grilled Cuban Pork Chops

Sink your teeth into these juicy, fresh-from-the-grill dinner ideas. Pantry-staple spice rubs, like the zesty lime-pepper version on these Grilled Cuban Pork Chops ($3.40 a serving), add lots of flavor, but require little effort.

Veg Out

Chipotle Peanut Noodle Bowl

Don’t miss the boat on summer’s abundant produce: Not only does it taste amazing at its peak, it’s also crazy affordable, especially if you shop the farmers market. This cool Chipotle Peanut Noodle Bowl calls for bell peppers, carrots and fresh cilantro, and costs just $1.20 a serving. (To get more recipes and ideas for maximizing summer’s bounty, check out our Summer of Plenty series.)

Summertime Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers

Why add extra heat to your already-sweltering kitchen when you can contain it in your slow cooker? These Slow Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers, filled with saucy ground turkey and pepperoni, make for a comforting dinner that costs a mere $2.02 per serving.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinners

Oven-Baked Chicken

Chicken dinners are easy winners, especially if you’re cutting back on grocery-store spending. At just $1.09 a serving, our recipe for Oven-Baked Chicken uses the whole bird (a time-tested budget-stretching technique).