Dinner’s on a Budget. Gluten Free, Dairy Free. (One weeks worth of dinners $10 or less for each meal)

by Living Freely Gluten Free

Staying within a reasonable weekly food budget is a challenge in itself. When you throw food allergies into the mix, it is overwhelming and everything seems to cost more. As time goes on you learn to weave through it all, but dinner is still always a challenge.

 We live on a very tight budget. We are a family of 4 and I must stay within a weekly budget. Being a food blogger and having such a tight budget is difficult, however, it allows me to learn and then pass along the information to you.

This post is about keeping dinner under the price tag of $10. This will feed my family of 4. Since my children are small and do not eat a lot, this leaves us with enough leftovers for my Husband to take to work the next day.

I hope that this list of recipes will help to keep you and your family on track financially.

The prices listed are the prices I find these ingredients for. You can read some of my shopping reviews such as WalmartWincoTrader Joes. These stores plus Costco are where I do the majority of my shopping. I did not include simple seasonings in the price, as all of these things were in my pantry.

All of these recipes are gluten and dairy free!

1) Veggie Spaghetti

This spaghetti is simple and can be made with ANYTHING you have in your fridge. I love making it when I have 3-4 veggies in the fridge that are not enough to use as a side dish and need to be eaten up.
2) Potato Soup

This is my Son’s favorite meal. Potatoes are usually reasonably priced and so are the other veggies included in this recipe. It is filling, hearty and delicious! Serve it with a homemade baguette or a simple side salad. 
3) Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken. This is a lazy nights dream. I use my Instant Pot for this and its so easy. You can slow cook it too. Stuff it in corn tortillas for tacos, gf flour tortillas for burritos or on top of chips for nachos.

4) Herb Roasted Pork Chops

These pork chops are done, start to finish in 15 minutes. They are juicy and full of flavor. This is a family favorite and my readers have loved this recipe. I like to make any rice to go with it and my oven roasted carrots.
5) Chili

Chili! Yum, I love chili. Especially, the leftovers. This is a hearty and healthy meal the entire family will love. Serve it with cornbread.
6) Goulash

You either like goulash or you don’t. Mine is a clean and healthy spin on the one you grew up eating. My kids actually like this and they are super picky. I like it with a simple side salad as it is filling in itself. 
7) Slow Cooked Carnitas
Pics to come! These are excellent for tacos, burritos, nachos or my favorite, salad. I love a bed of lettuce with this on top and some avocado.

I hope this list will be helpful to you! What do you cook to stay on budget? Please comment and let me know. And do not be shy! I love interacting with my readers.

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