Feed a Family for $5.55 with Easy Recipes and these Pantry Basics

It can be a challenge to stretch your money through the end of the month with all the financial commitments you have. And one cost that can eat up a lot of your budget is food. Meals out are certainly expensive (and often unhealthy), but improper planning can drive up the price of home-cooked meals and lead to extra waste.

Our Recipe Series

We have a solution! We’ve put together a list of 15 easy and delicious recipes that will please a crowd without breaking the bank. All of these recipes can be made for under $5.55, assuming that you have a list of pantry basics (listed below), which classify as fixed costs. There’s a variety in the types of dishes, so you’ll find some old favorites and make something new. Our main goal was to put together a collection of recipes that used healthy but inexpensive ingredients and that were simple enough so that cooks of any skill level could give them a try.

Here’s the list of all 15 dishes. If you want to make them all at once, be sure to check out this master grocery list. Bon appetit!

And here is the list of pantry basics. These are things you’ll need to have on hand for the recipes. And since they’re “staples” in most kitchens, they don’t count toward the total price of the dishes.

Pantry Basics

  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pam
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Chipotle chili
  • Curry powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Bread crumbs
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ginger (preferably fresh)
  • Sesame oil
  • Butter
  • Milk

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