My 3 Favorite Budget Friendly Meals

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I really enjoy cooking and my kitchen is a happy place, but I’m also the first one to say that trying a new meal can get expensive. You pick out this one dish and all of a sudden you’ve had to buy a ton of new ingredients that can end up being wasted. I’m guilty of doing that last week for mother’s day – it’s ok, we all have our moments. But for the typical day, these are my go to budget friendly meals that are affordable and easy to make. 

Sticky Chicken Wings Plus a Veggie & Rice Pilaf 

We are definitely a chicken wing household even when it’s not football season. Sticky chicken wings are a bit of a family tradition, but here’s the rundown: 


  • Chicken wings (recipe is for 3 pounds of wings) 
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 ½  cups Soy Sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic

In a small mixing bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, and garlic and stir the ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Set aside. 

Rinse chicken wings with water and after washing, place the chicken wings in an oven-safe casserole pan. 

From there pour the marinade over the wings and move the wings around to make sure all the wings are covered in the marinade. 

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the wings marinade for at least 2 hours. 

Once the wings are marinated for at least two hours set your oven to 350 degrees and once preheated, put the wing pan in the oven. 

Cook the wings for 1 ½ hours rotating the wings occasionally. The goal is to get wings to have a nice glaze of the marinade on all sides. This recipe is fun because you can definitely cook the wings for longer to really make sure the meat is falling off the bone. 

These wings are perfect for dinner, just put together a vegetable and maybe a rice and then you are good to go! 

Instant Pot Meal – Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry 

  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic 
  • 2 Pounds of Chicken cubed and rinsed 
  • Mix of Vegetables you want in your stir fry cut up how you like em’
    • My go tos: green beans, carrots, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, broccoli 
  • ¼ cup Honey Sesame Sauce (Butcher Box brand, but you can use any brand you like)
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce 
  • 1 pack of Pre-Cooked Noodles

Set instant pot to saute and add sesame oil and garlic to the pot. Heat until there is a sizzle and then add cubed chicken. Using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the chicken and cook until the chicken is slightly browned. 

Add in all your veggies, ½ cup of water, and pressure cook the vegetables for 6 minutes. 

Add in noodles. Add in soy sauce and honey sesame sauce and mix together. Add additional sauce / garlic as needed. 

Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread 

I can’t take credit for this one, but this is my favorite chili recipe. Use a cornbread mix and you have a perfect meal – plus, there’s usually leftovers so consider your lunch taken care of. 

Budget Friendly Meals – Easy and Accessible

Often I think the kitchen can be a little overwhelming if you normally don’t cook. These recipes are accessible even if you are brand new in the kitchen. The best part, they are also quickly thrown together. Let us know what you think and keep us posted on what your go to budget friendly meal is.


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