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Easy & Cheap Dinner Ideas 2021

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JOW makes affordable meals easy by optimizing your grocery shopping and providing tons of easy, healthy, and delicious recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. We don’t always have time to make an intricate dinner—or the money to order in—but you don’t have to sacrifice simplicity for taste.

We’ve compiled a handy list of easy dinner recipes that strike that delicate balance of being affordable and easy to make! You deserve to have tons of yummy options that won’t break the bank when planning out your dinners for the week.

Bow Tie Pasta With Creamy Leeks

There’s nothing quite like rich and creamy pasta for dinner, and it tastes even better when it’s affordable! Our Bow Tie Pasta with Creamy Leeks is delicious, filling, and a breeze to put together on a budget.

This easy dinner idea only has three minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cooking time, making it easy to create at any time of the day. Use JOW’s one-click grocery shopper to grab farfalle pasta, sour cream, leeks, grated parmesan cheese, as well as salt and pepper.

Once you taste this fantastic pasta, you’ll come back for more. Feel free to take this recipe to the next level with more veggies, including anything from broccoli to mushrooms. 

Meatball Carbonara

If you’ve got a big appetite but don’t want to overspend, this is the easy dinner recipe for you. Our Meatball Carbonara pasta is incredibly filling, while being fast, easy, and affordable. With 38 grams of protein, these noodles pack a strong protein punch!

This recipe will be ready before you know it, after only five minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cook time. Start by combining fresh pasta, chipolata sausage, eggs, fresh parmesan, and parsley.

Garnish with herbs, and it’s ready to serve! For a lower-carb version of this weeknight meal, swap out pasta for zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. You can also make this recipe vegetarian by substituting chipolata sausage with veggie meatballs made using breadcrumbs.

Spring Pizza

A runny egg yolk on a pizza? It’s a stroke of weeknight dinner genius. This incredible spring pizza recipe uses a handful of reasonably priced ingredients to create a fantastic, simple, and long-lasting pizza that you will love. Make it for a weeknight breakfast for dinner, or make it the centerpiece of your filling weekend brunch.

This pizza takes only five minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cooking time, which means you’ll get dinner on the table in under 20 minutes.

To make this pizza, you’ll need pizza dough, frozen green peas, sliced prosciutto, eggs, pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, and arugula salad.

The best part about homemade pizza is sharing it with your friends and family, and we don’t just mean the finished product. Have a pizza making party and invite some kitchen helpers to craft the perfect pie along with you. You can even use this recipe to make individual pizzas, with each member of your family adding whatever toppings they love most and leaving out the rest.

Burrata Pasta

Burrata is one of our favorite cheeses, and it happens to be one of the healthiest types of cheese around! Burrata is delicious and affordable, but you may be wondering how to incorporate it into your weekly dinner routine. This excellent pasta recipe is a great place to start. 

With a preparation time of three minutes and a cook time of nine minutes, this pasta is as quick and simple as can be. 

JOW specializes in the simplest recipes with the most interesting flavor combinations, and we test all of our new inventions before presenting them to you. We make it easy to find your new favorite recipes and buy the highest-quality ingredients at the best value, so that it’s never difficult to figure out what to make for dinner tonight.

For this delectable dinner, you’ll need rigatoni pasta, cherry tomatoes, burrata cheese, raw prosciutto, fresh basil, and garlic.

Serve the finished pasta on a plate and top with prosciutto, burrata, and a few basil leaves. Swap out the prosciutto for shrimp or crispy chicken breasts, or add a touch of spinach to bring variety to this meal throughout the month. 

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