We all need a stash of frugal holiday meal ideas to keep up our sleeves, whether for your family to for when guests come to visit. These frugal holiday dinners are meant to be $10 or less to make, but keep in mind this is dependent on where you are buying your groceries and if you are making more of the recipes, for example, doubling it for company.
These recipes are holiday comfort food at its finest! From creamy butternut squash risotto to leek and sweet potato soup. Get ready to break out your pressure cooker and be prepared to impress your holiday guests!
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Frugal Holiday Dinners for $10 or Less!
From air fryer chicken to healthy keto recipes, the holidays is a time to indulge in your old favorites and try some new recipes. Even if you are feeding a crowd, these frugal holiday entrees are sure to please your guests.
This Instant Pot honey mustard chicken is so simple and made with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The perfect dish to make on the busiest weeknights or for last-minute holiday guests!
My family is always hesitant when I make quiche (there was a bad experience with a tofu and spinach quiche that still haunts me), but they are still pretty open to trying new recipes.
This French mushroom quiche has quickly become a family favorite. I love the creaminess of the cheese and mushrooms and the freshness of the herbs and veggies.
I actually never realized that when you are cooking a pie you should use ceramic crust weights to help prevent the crust from cracking or bubbling up. I like to bring this recipe to holiday gatherings because it makes me feel a little extra fancy.
Instant Pot Bagels Lox and Cream Cheese Pasta is perfect for Sunday brunch or a special holiday meal. The classic Bagels, Lox and Cream Cheese reimagined into a wagon wheel pasta meal, in about 20 minutes!
Impress your Jewish friends this holiday season with this spin on the traditional meal. Don’t forget your capersfollow for garnish!
Instant Pot Greek Lemon Butter Fettuccine Pasta with a simple, fresh creamy lemon yogurt sauce. A light and fresh Mediterranean meal to make in your pressure cooker when you want a change from the traditional heavy foods during the holiday season.
Don’t have fresh lemons on hand and hate using that fake lemon juice that smells like cleaner? Try True Lemon, you just add it to water and it tastes like actual fresh lemons!
Talk about healthy comfort food! This pasta recipe has it all wrapped up with creamy, gluten-free pumpkin pasta. This recipe calls for nutritional yeast, which might be difficult to find in stores unless you have an awesome health food store nearby.
Nutritional yeast also gives this pasta that creamy, almost cheesy flavor. You can certainly make this recipe with just regular penne pasta, or you can adhere to the gluten-free recipe with green lentil penne pasta.
Roasted red pepper pasta is a family favorite in our house, I make it as often as I can and everyone gobbles it up! Using a roasted red pepper sauce is a great alternative to using traditional tomato sauce.
This Gluten-Free Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is a great kid-friendly option that will help you to squeeze more veggies in while only taking about 10-minutes to make the sauce.
The sauce is just the ingredients blended together and added to the hot pasta. I always use my Vitamix whenever I am making frugal dinners like this one, it makes such a creamy sauce.
Sometimes you just need to ease up on eating too much meat-based dishes during the holiday season. This vegan cauliflower lentil loaf might look like a traditional meatloaf, but it is packed with nutritious veggies and so flavorful!
If you are hosting a dinner that is more focused on plant-based meals or have some vegetarians or vegans coming for the holidays, this is a great meal to make as a centerpiece.
If you don’t have the time to make the homemade ketchup that goes on top of the loaf, then you can always opt for some True Made Foods Ketchup, it’s so much better than traditional ketchup!
This easy Rostis with Turmeric Yogurt recipe will quickly become a family favorite side dish. It is also perfect for a mid-week fall time meal. This is also a great way to get some extra veggies into your kid’s diets without them complaining; they might even come back for seconds!
I also love that it used the superfood, turmeric, which is packed with anti-inflammatory benefits (which we could all use more of during the holidays!).
This is also a vegan holiday recipe, so you don’t have to feel bad about eating it either! I suggest that you try and find a vegan cheese and actually melts, it makes it so much better!
I know that you are thinking…risotto might be cheap to make but it takes FOREVER! Fear, not my friend, this vegan butternut squash risotto only takes about 30-minutes and you don’t have the stir it the entire time.
I really like to use my Dutch Oven when cooking this dish, it makes clean up super easy!