Making dinner can sometimes be a huge pain.
It can be expensive, time-consuming, and the last thing you want to do after a long day of work or class.
But it doesn’t ~have~ to be that way — especially if you have a go-to batch of weeknight dinner staples in your arsenal.
We’re talking easy, budget-friendly meals that you can actually look forward to and make in your own kitchen. We created the seven recipes below with all of those things in mind.
If you’re a beginner cook, we’ve got step-by-step photos, videos, and original recipes to guide you through. If you already know your way around the kitchen, we hope you’ll pick up another staple or two to add to your favorites.
Four things to know about these recipes:
1. They’re scaled for two. All recipes make two servings, except for the chili and carnitas, which make about six. (If you’re feeding more than two people, you can double or triple the recipes as needed.)
2. They all have step-by-step videos. And you don’t need fancy equipment or five-star technique to follow along. If you can chop stuff, mix stuff, and turn on the stove or oven, you can make these meals — and the videos will show you exactly how.
3. They’re healthy-ish. We’re all for getting your greens, but we’re also for topping things with cheese. That’s why these recipes are customizable, and you can tailor each one depending on how and what you like to eat.
4. They all have a key kitchen takeaway. And each takeaway is something that we hope will help fuel future dinner adventures. If you try any of these recipes out, show us! Tag #BuzzFeedDinners.
Ready? Let’s do this.
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WHY MAKE IT:
• Budget-friendly: This recipe clocks in as the cheapest dinner in the batch: just eggs, vegetables, and cheese.
• Foolproof eggs: You don’t have to worry about overcooking or undercooking the eggs because everything bakes off in the oven.
• Mix ‘n’ match fillings: We used sweet potatoes to make this filling enough for dinner, but just about any firm veggies (broccoli, red peppers) would work, too. You can also add meat if you’re fine with upping the price tag — chunks of ham or crumbled bacon on top would be great.