5 Meatless Meals: Dinner for Less Than $5

Meatless meals are a great way to eat on a budget. If you are not a vegetarian, you may not want to eat “meatless” every night, but just a couple nights a week could help your grocery budget. 

Below I have listed five easy-to-prepare meatless meals, that can feed a family of four for $5.00 or under. This is assuming that you are shopping either for store brands or in bulk, at Aldi Foods, or with coupons. 

1. Homemade Pizza With Veggies 

1 ¼ cup warm water 
2 Tbsp butter or olive oil 
1 pkg active, dry yeast 
1 Tbsp sugar 
3 cups flour (or a little more, depending on dough texture) 

1 can pizza sauce 
1-2 packages Mozzarella or other cheese 
Olives, peppers, onions (or other desired veggies) 

To Make: 
Mix flour, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Mix in oil or butter and warm water. Cover and let rise 30 minutes to 1 hour. Spread on lightly greased large pizza pan. 
Cook for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven. Top with sauce, veggies, and cheese. Return to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove when crust is lightly brown and cheese is melted. 

2. Meal-In-One Harvest Casserole 

3 medium tomatoes chopped 
1 cup cooked and drained frozen or fresh green beans 
1 cup corn, cooked and drained 
1 medium green or red bell pepper, finely chopped 
2 cups shredded cheese 
½ cup baking mix (Bisquick or other variety) 
1 Tsp salt 
½ Tsp garlic powder 
1 Tsp parsley 
½ Tsp pepper 
2/3 Cup milk 
3 eggs 

To Make: 
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread corn, beans, tomatoes and peppers in dish; sprinkle with cheese. Beat remaining ingredients with a mixer until smooth and pour over vegetables and cheese. Bake uncovered in 8-inch square baking dish for 45 to 50 minutes or until casserole is golden brown. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. 

3. Pasta and Tomato Sauce Meatless Meal 

1 pound pasta of any kind 
1 jar tomato sauce 
1 container of shredded mozzarella or Romano cheese 

To Make 
Cook pasta according to instruction. While pasta is cooking, heat up jar of sauce on stove. Drain pasta and serve with sauce. Top with shredded cheese. 

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4. Meatless Chili Dinner 

1 large red or green pepper, chopped 
1 onion chopped 
2 cloves garlic chopped 
1 can green chilies 
1 48 oz can stewed tomatoes 
1 can condensed tomato soup 
1 16 oz. can of pinto beans 
1 16 oz can of kidney beans 
1 16 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables 
1 8 oz. bag frozen corn 
3 tablespoons chili powder 
2 packets beef buillion 

To Make: 
Sauté onions, garlic, pepper, and green chilies in oil. Mix all ingredients together into large crock pot. Bring to boil, then simmer as long as desired until flavors are blended. 

5. Crockpot Tortellini or Ravioli Dinner 

1 onion and 2 cloves garlic, chopped 
One 26 oz. can or jar spaghetti sauce 
8 oz. can tomato sauce or paste 
1 Tbsp basil 
2 (9 oz.) packages refrigerated cheese ravioli or tortellini 
2 cups shredded cheese 

To Make: 
Place onion and garlic, spaghetti sauce, and tomato sauce in bottom of crock pot and stir well. Cover and cook on low all day or until onion is tender. Turn heat to HIGH setting and stir in refrigerated ravioli or tortellini. 

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