Budget-Friendly Meals That Taste Amazing

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You can make high-quality meals on a budget, and not everything that tastes amazing has to be expensive. If you’re trying to cook delicious meals without spending too much money, these meal recipes are just what you need. You can have meals with rich pasta, hearty meats, and succulent veggies, all within a reasonable price range.

By incorporating quality ingredients and getting creative with your cooking, these recipes will shake up the way you make meals. Each one is quick and easy while avoiding overly expensive ingredients. Best of all, when you choose JOW, we optimize the ingredients in your cart for the number of people in your household, so you don’t have to worry about food waste.

With a little bit of creativity and style, you can turn even the most budget-friendly meal into a delicious masterpiece, and JOW is here to help!


Ah, breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Sometimes you want a breakfast that’s more filling than a bowl of cereal but won’t cost you an arm and a leg or take ages to prepare.

Lucky for you, we’ve got a bunch of recommendations for budget-friendly breakfasts that’ll become staples of your morning routine. Try these out!

Seeded Granola

This breakfast recipe is well within a reserved weekly budget but can be a tasty way to make your morning bright. With a six-minute prep time and a 20 minute cook time, this granola will become a staple in your cabinet.

Next time you go grocery shopping, snag pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, oats, maple syrup, olive oil, and sliced almonds. Making this granola truly is as easy as combining your ingredients and then letting them sit in the oven until you’ve achieved the perfect crunch. 

Banana Bread

This wonderful Banana Bread recipe takes advantage of all those ripe bananas you’ve got sitting around your pantry, so that you can avoid food waste, which is another major part of budgeting. It’s also very kid-friendly, and your little ones will enjoy mashing up the bananas and watching this loaf pop out of the oven with the perfect rise.

Most of what you’ll need will already be in your pantry: almond flour, all-purpose flour, butter, some baking powder, cane sugar, and eggs. Slightly too ripe bananas round out the mixture and ensure that this tender bread has just the right amount of sweetness. 

Lunch and Brunch

Whether you’re looking for something to make on your lunch break while you work from home or you need a reasonably priced meal to make your partner for a romantic brunch, we’ve got you covered. These recipes will help you get creative during the midday hump without resorting to fast food or pizza delivery to save a few bucks. 

They’re also a bit more creative than the classic black bean salad or the bland chicken breast and rice combo that so often makes an appearance in budget lunches. These lunch and brunch recipes are delicious, nutritious, and well within a sensible budget, and we’ll figure out exactly what you need and get your groceries to you for maximum ease.

Nordic Brunch

Looking for a light but tasty brunch that won’t put you in debt? Well, look no further than this Nordic Brunch recipe. With only five minutes of prep time and no cooking time at all, this meal is simple, fresh, and light. It truly allows the ingredients to shine.  

You’ll need pumpernickel bread, smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese, some chives, and a bit of lemon. We think those Scandinavians know their way around a good brunch, and you’ll be agreeing once you taste this dish. 

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Wrap

This light, fresh lunchtime snack is perfect for your budget, providing a great tasting alternative to more expensive options. A Zucchini and Goat Cheese Wrap takes only ten minutes of prep time and has no cook time. It’s an easy and low-cost meal packed full of flavor.

This recipe requires goat cheese, zucchini, mixed greens salad, tortillas, hazelnuts, honey, and some fresh mint.

This affordable but delicious lunchtime wrap will blow your mind, and the savory-sweet combination of the honey and goat cheese will keep you going all day long.


Nothing is more important than a satisfying dinner after a long day. But sometimes, you don’t want to break the bank going out to eat every weeknight when you could instead make something even more delectable right at home for half the price. Cheap dinner ideas don’t have to be boring; we promise.

Rich, creamy, healthy, and affordable. Those are just some of the flavors that these inexpensive dinner ideas offer you. It’s not all spaghetti, ground beef, and canned tomato sauce over here (although there’s nothing wrong with that route if you choose to go there). 

Duck Breast and Mashed Potatoes

Before the thought of cooking duck throws you off, we want to reassure you that it really isn’t that different from cooking chicken or turkey. This classic meal only requires a few key ingredients, six minutes of prep time, and 20 mins to cook before it’s ready to go. If you’re looking for a break from standard chicken thighs, this is a great alternative, and it tastes as good as it looks. 

For this recipe, you’ll need duck breast, red wine vinegar, shallots, potato, milk, and butter. Serve with a side of green beans or kale sauteed with garlic for some added nutrients. Enjoy!

Polenta With Grilled Vegetables

Creamy polenta, bright herbs, and the perfect amount of bite from your fresh cherry tomatoes and zucchini. This dish is like summer in a bowl, and the ingredients are inexpensive and nutritious to boot. 

Serve this delectable dish with a handful of arugula on the side and a dash of red pepper to finish it off. It’s a perfect budget-friendly meal that tastes like it belongs in a fancy restaurant! 


Sweet treats are hard to beat, especially when they’re cheap. If you’re like us and can’t ignore your sweet tooth, these recipes are tailor-made for you.

You don’t have to overspend on bakery desserts or settle for pre-packaged alternatives if you want a treat on a budget, because JOW will pull together everything you need. 

Rustic Peach Tart

Who doesn’t love peaches? They’re sweet, juicy, and just scream summer. If you want to level up your favorite fruit, look no further than this Rustic Peach Tart recipe.

With a bit of butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, fresh peaches, and almond flour, you’ll have a baked delight that your guests (or kids) won’t believe that you made yourself. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast in textures. 

Simple Pancake

Everybody loves a good pancake! They’re fluffy, filling, sweet, and not too expensive to make—and you can have them for dessert as well as breakfast. 

Top your pancakes with chocolate syrup, fresh fruit preserves, or simple cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat that won’t cost a fortune. 

Amazing Meals on a Budget

When you have a family, saving money whenever you can becomes a priority. Food can get expensive, so recipes like these can take the edge off cooking by lowering the price tag while still providing you with nutritious meals full of flavor. 

Each recipe is meticulously crafted to be as simple, satisfying, and affordable as possible without ever sacrificing taste. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, a filling lunch, a satisfying dinner, or a scrumptious dessert, they’ll all hit the spot.

When you’re ready to try out one (or all) of these recipes, sign on to JOW and choose the ones you want to start with. We’ll figure out exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll need and arrange with a local grocery store to deliver them. You can also pick them up if you prefer. 

Never sacrifice taste for cost when you don’t have to. Just remember these fantastic meals and never settle for less again.