These days, there are many ways to cut down on food costs and still have a good meal. One of the most effective ways to do this is by making simple yet nutritious dishes.

This article is not meant to be a comprehensive guide on how to cook, but rather a collection of tried and true recipes that every cook can use. Even though many people don’t have the necessary skills to make their own bread, every cook can still improve their own repertoire.

Barbara J. Jezioro, a cook, suggested that there are many ways to nourish yourself without breaking the bank. These recipes are simple yet nutritious and can help you save money on food.

The best way to save money on food is by shopping at local farms and markets. These places offer the best prices, and they can help you make informed decisions when it comes to eating healthy. People who receive food stamps or SNAP can also use the Double Up Food Buck program at local stores and farmers markets. This allows them to get 2 for $1 on fresh produce and up to $40 worth of fruits and vegetables.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for food stamps, it is important that you fill out an application. Although it is very complex to determine if you are, for instance, a single parent with a wage of less than $16,725 or a family of four with a wage earner making less than $38,756, you can still receive up to $459 a month.

Grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, and Price Rite are expensive. If you are looking for a lower-cost alternative, try some of these lower-priced options: Aldi, Price Rite, and Niagara County Produce. You can also find groceries catering to immigrants at places such as Asian Food Market, Super Bazaar, Ni Hoowa, and Buffalo Fresh.

Pasta Primavera

This simple pasta dish is made with vegetables, green and red bell peppers, and mushrooms, cooked in a microwave with a bit of butter and Italian seasoning. It can be served with cooked spaghetti and cheese.

Ground Meat

Meat loaf has always been a dollar-stretcher. This dish is made with ground meat and vegetables, and it can be served with a variety of dressings.

Roast Chicken

One of the most common types of food that supermarkets sell is roast chicken. You can make a variety of different versions of this dish, such as chicken salad and a roast chicken dinner. You can also add some of the chicken stock to the soup and serve it with vegetables and noodles.


Prepare the roast cabbage by cutting it into 1-inch slabs. In a baking dish, layer the cabbage and set it aside. In addition to the spices, you can also add some old apples that you have left laying around. The vegetables will absorb the flavors of the spices and will add a whole heap of flavor to the pasta. Bake the dish at 425 degrees for about 75 minutes.


A five-for-a-dollar packet of instant noodle can serve as the base of many meals. You can add vegetables, leftover meat, or an egg into the soup and serve it with the simmering noodles. For Korean-inspired meals, try preparing cheese ramen using a slice of American cheese.