When I want to impress someone special this Valentine’s Day, I often reach for a packet of cheap meal ideas. Not just because they’re cheap, but because they are delicious, filling and are perfect for people on a budget.

cheap meal ideas

A good choice of food is always going to be a popular choice with a hungry crowd. However, if you don’t have a great variety in your fridge, then it’s hard to impress the right kind of person. Budget-friendly meal plans (snack and dinner included!)

For example, if you’re at a restaurant and you’re having a dinner with a special person, they’re not going to want an expensive, heavy meal. You need to give them a light, filling and easy to make meal that will keep them full for quite some time. A lot of people can’t afford to go out to dinner every night so they opt for a quick snack, something they can prepare themselves in a rush, and then have in their fridge for later. A bag of peanuts with peanut butter and honey can provide a delicious snack for a short period of time.

If you’re having a dinner with a few people, consider having a pot of lentils and rice cooked in a stew or soup with some baked beans, brown rice, and a salad on top. The salad is always a good idea. Try to get some vegetables and meats in there as well. It doesn’t have to be super fresh, just the basics are fine. It’s also a good idea to keep some bread in the house and just eat it when needed.

When you go out to a restaurant, they often have some amazing dishes that won’t cost you a fortune, which will make a great meal! When you’re having a dinner with friends or family, take some of your cheap meal ideas with you so you don’t forget anything! Don’t let the expense stop you from enjoying your meal – always remember to treat yourself to a slice of chocolate cake, a bottle of wine or maybe even a cup of tea.

As you can see, cheap meal plans are great for those who are on a tight budget and aren’t used to spending loads of money on a meal. They’re also ideal if you’re just having company over, or simply need something to tide you over until dinner arrives. Always have some leftovers in your fridge, because that’s one meal you’re never going to run out of!