Penny Pincher Recipes

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Welcome to our collection of penny pincher recipes! We know that eating healthy and delicious meals doesn’t have to break the bank, so we’ve put together some of our favorite budget-friendly recipes for you to try at home. Whether you’re a student on a tight budget or a family looking to save some money, these recipes will help you eat well without spending a fortune.

Easy Chickpea Curry


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice, for serving


  1. In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic until softened.
  2. Add the curry powder and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk, and vegetable broth.
  4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over cooked rice.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 350
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 50g
Fat 12g


  • Q: Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned?
  • A: Yes, but you’ll need to soak them overnight and cook them separately before adding them to the curry.
  • Q: Can I use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth?
  • A: Yes, but it won’t be vegetarian anymore.
  • Q: Can I use a different type of curry powder?
  • A: Yes, feel free to experiment with different flavors!
  • Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?
  • A: Yes, this recipe freezes well. Just thaw and reheat before serving.


If you don’t have rice, you can serve this curry with naan or pita bread instead. You can also add some chopped vegetables, such as bell peppers or carrots, to the curry for extra nutrition. To make this recipe even more budget-friendly, buy your spices in bulk and use them in other recipes as well.

This curry is also great for meal prep – just make a big batch on the weekend and portion it out for easy lunches or dinners during the week. It’s filling, flavorful, and packed with plant-based protein and fiber.

Don’t be afraid to adjust the seasoning to your liking – if you prefer spicier food, add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the curry. If you’re not a fan of coconut milk, you can use regular milk or cream instead.

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