Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Make this meal vegetarian and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken. Just don't use water--broth or stock adds another layer of flavor and is worth the extra 2 bucks.
Homemade soup is generally inexpensive-even more so if you make your own stock. It's also a good way to use leftovers, such as roasted chicken, salad extras or precooked pasta and rice. Dive into your pantry: Chances are there's a can of beans, tomatoes or something else that would be well-suited for a soup. Don't be afraid to experiment-flavors often meld as ingredients simmer together.