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31 days of deliciously easy budget-friendly dinner recipes

By: Canadian Living
Canadian Living
Food

31 days of deliciously easy budget-friendly dinner recipes

By: Canadian Living
31 Quick and Easy Budget Meal planThere’s something about the promise of a fresh new year that makes us all want to change things up and live just a little bit better than we did last year. I especially love the idea of resetting our family finances, so January means a (temporary) end to restaurant bills, and more time together in the kitchen and around our family dining table. Food prices in Canada vary drastically depending on where you live. As I write, a bag of milk at my local grocery store is $3.97/4L in Etobicoke, ON; $4.79 in Saskatoon, SK; nearly $7 in Antigonish, NS; and a whopping $12.95 in Iqualuit, Nunavut.  (For truly scary food prices, check out this blog which chronicles the cost of feeding families in Canada’s most northern communities, where a Savoy cabbage might cost you $28.54. Yikes!) You might not face the same sticker shock at your supermarket but if, like me, you’ve resolved to spend less money this year, our new 31 Quick and Easy Budget Meals plan is for you. We’ve rounded up a month's worth of delicious dinner recipes to help you get dinner to the table on time and on budget every night of the month. Warming soups, savoury stir-frys, and kid-friendly pastas are just some of the tasty dinner recipes you’ll find in our deliciously frugal dinner plan. Our menu includes hearty comfort food (January needs all the cozy it can get) and quick meals for busy nights. We've got legume-rich dishes for meat-free nights. Stir-fries and stews make the most of more-expensive proteins for feeding a family. Our fish dishes call for frozen seafood, which is easier to find and a more cost-effective way to include seafood in your diet. And because we’re also focused on counteracting all those holiday goodies, our Budget Meals plan includes plenty of wholesome seasonal veggies available right now in the produce section or in the freezer aisle at your grocery store. We’ve made it simple to follow the plan so you can cook a different delicious recipe for every night this month. Shopping will be a snap with our printable grocery lists, and our weekly newsletter will help you plan out your week. Want more great ideas? Here are 6 budget grocery shopping tips  and 10 budget-friendly foods to stock in your pantry.
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