Top 2 Cheap And Easy Food Recipes For Dinner

When it comes to dinner, we’re all looking for something inexpensive, time-saving, simple to prepare, and delectable. The food recipes for dinner below easily meet all three criteria. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or ingredients to make something delicious for your table. You can save time by making these dishes all in one pan, using your favorite kitchen equipment and your preferences. Whatever your cooking style, these 2 cheap and easy food recipes for dinner will treat your entire family without breaking the bank.

food recipes for dinner

1. Arroz Con Pollo

food recipes for dinnerSource: Carolia Rice

Want to make a delicious dinner but don’t want to spend the entire evening cooking and cleaning? The ideal recipe is arroz con pollo (chicken with rice in Spanish). It’s a simple one-pot meal that doesn’t taste like one, and it’s even better the next day.


  • 3 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, and drumsticks
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 c. long-grain rice
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14-oz.) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1  bay leaf
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish


Step 1: Use paper towels to pat the chicken dry before seasoning it with salt and pepper all over. Combine cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne in a small bowl of chicken mixture.

Step 2: Next, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the chicken is golden, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside on a plate.

Step 3: Heat the onion and pepper in the same skillet over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute more, then stir in the tomato paste.

Step 4: Add the rice and continue cooking for 3 minutes, stirring often. Stirring up any browned bits from the pan’s bottom, add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then add the chicken back to the skillet. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is soft and chicken is cooked through. Stir the rice occasionally to prevent it from adhering to the pan’s bottom. As needed, add more water or broth.

Step 5: Serve with cilantro after removing the bay leaf.

2. Creamy Steak Fettuccine

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  • Kosher salt
  • 12 oz. fettuccine
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 c. halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 c. baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic glaze


Step 1 Prepare pasta as directed on the package in a big pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Before draining the pasta, save 12 cups of water. pasta back into the pot

Step 2: Season the steak generously with salt and pepper and generously with oil on both sides. Cook the steak for 4 minutes per side for medium-rare in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place on a platter and set aside for 10 minutes to rest. Slice the steak thin.

Step 3: Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it is fragrant. Cook for another minute while whisking in the flour. Add the milk gently while stirring to remove any lumps, and simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick. Salt and pepper the dish, then stir in the Parmesan and parsley. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they burst.

Step 4 Stir together the cooked pasta and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water in the skillet, adding additional pasta water as necessary. Toss in the spinach until it wilts.

Step 5: Drizzle a balsamic glaze over the top and add sliced steak.

The dinner menu needs to be balanced nutritionally, suited for everyone’s preferences, and sufficient in energy to last till the following morning. Dinner must also be visually appealing and fiscally sensible. Read our post to learn more useful information about cooking!

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