1. Crispy Cheddar Chicken
2. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
“Ground beef can be expensive, so I substitute half the meat for minced mushrooms, and nobody ever notices. Just toss mushrooms in a food processor and pulse. After you brown the beef, add the mushrooms, seasonings, and tomato sauce. This also works with taco meat, chili, and sloppy joes.” —MarcosMommy
3. Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup
“For leftovers, shred the chicken and use it for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, or tostadas.” —Lori O.
4. Fish in Lemon & Butter Sauce
“So simple, and works with with pretty much any white fish.” —Annie Galveston, Facebook
5. Easy Fried Rice
“This takes less than 10 minutes if you use day-old rice and frozen peas and carrots.” —Jamie Silver, Facebook
6. Pesto Chicken Bake
“I love the store-brand pesto at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, but it’s also pretty cheap and fast to make your own.” —Elizabeth Nadal, Facebook
Whole Wheat Penne With Sausage & Peppers
7. Crock-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
“Two ingredients: salsa + chicken. That’s it! Use it for tacos, salads, or even by itself.” —Kenzie G.
“The best part is the rich, tomato-y sauce — with eggs baked right in.” —Imit2
9. Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork
“Sweet and spicy. You can use a cheaper cut of meat and know that the Crock-Pot will break it down over several hours.”—Diana Mia Gonzales, Facebook
10. Cheesy Olive Bread
11. 15-Minute Penne Rosa
“It’s very similar to the penne rosa at Noodles and Company. But I leave out the shrimp and use frozen spinach, unless the fresh stuff is on sale.” —venus236
12. Tuna Casserole
“This version is a little healthier (no canned soup or heavy cream) but still just as tasty as the stuff I ate growing up.” —Jan Bennett, Facebook
13. Curried Chickpeas With Spinach
“This was my go-to cheap meal in college.” —Lisa Arielle Evans, Facebook
14. Homemade Chicken Shwarma
“This too!” —Lisa Arielle Evans, Facebook
15. Slow Cooker Pinto Beans With Rice and Salsa
“Every month, I make a big batch of brown rice and a big batch of (dried) pinto beans in the Crock Pot. Then I portion both of them out in 16-ounce containers. For a quick meal, toss one serving of rice, one serving of beans, and 8 ounces of your favorite salsa in a skillet. Heat through, and serve with your favorite taco toppings in a tortilla.” —Samantha T.
16. Easy Rigatoni Bake
“You can change it up by adding Parmesan cheese, meat (like ground turkey), or bell peppers for sweetness.” —Kristine Elizabeth L.
17. Chicken or Turkey Lettuce Wraps
“Topped off with ranch or Sriracha.” —Aymee Jay
18. Sloppy Joe Casserole
“Even better on the second day.” —Lydia Blake, Facebook
19. Roasted Veggie & Black Bean Tacos
“Spend a few minutes chopping, then pile everything onto a baking sheet and roast.” —Pauline Moran, Facebook
20. Baked Tilapia in Foil or Parchment
“Serve with a green salad and enjoy!” —Leah L.