Dinners Under $10

Nutty Tofu
Kang Kim
Slash your supermarket spending with meals so good your family will fight over the leftovers.
Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Chicken Orzo Salad

Pasta is famously easy on the budget, and this Greek-inspired dish gives a standard pasta salad a fresh, flavorful twist. If everyone in the family likes olives, add in a handful of pitted Kalamata olives at the end. Otherwise just serve them on the side.

Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Pepper and Potato Tacos

One way to trim a grocery budget is to fix more plant-based meals. Serve these tacos deconstructed and let your family members build their own. With so much flavor no one will miss the meat.

Erica Clark
Erica Clark

Beef & Veggie Stir-Fry

Packing this stir-fry full of veggies means you can get away with using less meat. Plus, choosing a cheaper cut of beef also helps keep costs low.

Kang Kim
Kang Kim

Pirate Pasta

Seafood-skeptical kids will eat up the name. And this 15-minute meal will leave you with treasure -- leftovers that taste great cold the next day.

Baby has to eat! Give your cutie plenty of baby food choices while maintaining your budget with these tips.

Kang Kim
Kang Kim

Pork & Potatoes

Have comfort-food fare on the cheap. Pair pork tenderloin, one of the leanest cuts with low-fat mashed potatoes (the secret ingredient: chicken broth).

Kang Kim
Kang Kim

Nutty Tofu

Tofu is a busy mom's best friend. It's a good source of protein, easy to cook, and very budget-friendly. In this recipe the tofu gets tons of flavor from a quick soy sauce marinade and a delicious drizzle of peanut sauce.

Originally published in the January 2012 issue of Parents magazine. Updated June 2015.

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