What to Cook for Dinner Inexpensively: 3 Budget Recipes for the Whole Family

What to cook for dinner inexpensive – an ever-present question for all who cook for themselves. If you run out of imagination and have expensive products in the fridge – we suggest cooking an inexpensive and uncomplicated dish from our selection.

Spanish tortilla (omelet with potatoes)

Tortilla is a popular omelet with fried potatoes in Spain. If desired, you can add ham, cheese, vegetables, or mushrooms to the dish.


  • potatoes – 500 g;
  • eggs – 4 units;
  • milk – 30 ml;
  • onions – 1 pc;
  • sunflower oil – 100 g;
  • salt, pepper, and spices to taste.

Peel potatoes, wash, and cut into thin slices. Onion cut into small cubes. Pour 100 ml of oil into a pan and heat well. In the hot oil, place the potatoes and fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add onions to the pan and fry all together until the potatoes are ready (about 20 minutes more).

Sieve the potatoes and onions through a sieve or pick them out of the pan with a skimmer, and drain the oil. Beat the eggs with a whisk with milk and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the fried potatoes and leave together for 5 minutes. Heat a frying pan with a little oil and spread the egg and potato mixture. Flatten with a spatula. Fry over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes, until the eggs have thickened. Then gently flip the tortilla to the other side using a wide bowl or pan lid. Fry the other side of the tortilla for about 3 more minutes, cool slightly in the pan and serve for dinner.

Buckwheat Porridge with Stew

Buckwheat can be substituted for any other favorite cereal.


  • buckwheat – 1 cup;
  • water – 2 cups;
  • stew – 500 gr;
  • onions – 1 pc;
  • carrots – 1 pc;
  • sunflower oil – 2 tbsp;
  • salt, and pepper to taste.

Buckwheat washed several times, pour cold water and cook over low heat until tender (about 25 minutes). Onion finely chopped and grate carrots. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Add the contents of the can of stew into the pan and fry until all the fat has melted. Then add the buckwheat into the pan, and stir to combine. Cook all together for a few minutes. In the end, salt and season to taste, and serve.

Georgian-style chicken liver

A very tasty liver with amazing flavor is prepared in literally 15 minutes. Cilantro can be replaced in the recipe with parsley.


  • chicken liver – 400 g;
  • tomato – 1 pc;
  • onion – 1 pc;
  • coriander or parsley – 1 bunch;
  • garlic – 3 cloves;
  • flour (for breading) – 2 tablespoons;
  • sunflower oil – 2 tbsp;
  • salt, and spices to taste.

Wash the liver and clean it from the skin. Roughly chop liver. Roll each piece of liver in flour. Heat oil in a frying pan. Put liver into the frying pan and fry until cooked (about 15 minutes). Do not salt it, otherwise, it will be tough. Cut the tomato into small cubes, finely chop the herbs and garlic, and cut the onion into half rings.

Add chopped vegetables and greens to the cooked liver, salt, pepper it, and stir it up. Leave for 10 minutes to soak, then serve. If you do not like the taste of fresh onions – you can fry them additionally.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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