Simply On A Budget
Easy As $1 $2 $3
Food can be expensive, which is why we put together this collection of budget-friendly recipes that you can feel good about. We'll show you how you can eat each meal for around $1, $2 or $3 per serving!
Many of these recipes share ingredients, so make the most of your money by choosing meals where you can use leftover items. If you can’t, we’ll also show you how to freeze them for later!
$1 Per Serving Recipes
Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
These peanut butter banana oatmeal bars are great for busy mornings.
$2 Per Serving Recipes
Grab & Go Breakfast Sandwich
Busy mornings have met their match with this grab & go breakfast sandwich.
$3 Per Serving Recipes
Quick Blueberry & Almond Butter Flapjack Cup
Quick, convenient and delicious — just how we like our mornings to be.
Southwest Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos
This recipe is great on Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday or Thursday...)
Panko-Crusted Cauliflower Steaks with Beans
Trying to cut back on meat? This panko-crusted cauliflower "steak" is a delicious, meatless option!
Budget Friendly Recipes
Say goodbye to boring breakfasts and hello to this Tofu Scramble! Whether you're a vegetarian or just looking for a healthier start to your day, this recipe is for you.
Say hello to your new favorite breakfast companion – the Tofruit Smoothie! Bursting with fruity goodness, this smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.
These oven-baked Tofu Strips are an absolute delight with their crispy exterior and deliciously savory taste. You only need a few simple ingredients and a hot oven to make them!
Get ready to indulge in a comforting and delicious dish - Tofu Lasagna! This vegetarian twist on the classic favorite is bursting with mouthwatering cheesy flavor!
Tex-Mex Chicken Ramen
Loaded with spicy goodness and tender chicken, this Tex-Mex Chicken Ramen recipe will satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank.
Broccoli Cheddar Ramen
Get ready to cozy up with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar Ramen. This delightful fusion of cheesy goodness and hearty broccoli will warm your soul on chilly days.
Spicy Peanut Shrimp Ramen
This dish is an explosion of savory goodness. Packed with juicy shrimp, tender ramen noodles and a spicy peanut marinade, this soup is simply irresistible.
Beef Ramen Stir Fry
With tender lean beef, fresh veggies and ramen noodles, this dish is both budget-friendly and filled with flavor.
Dutch Baby Pancake
This Dutch Baby Pancake recipe is bursting with flavor! Its golden brown exterior and soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture are a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
10 Savvy Ways To Save At Schnucks
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Look for manager’s specials—typically food we’ve made or bought too much of, that comes with a great price! They’re the perfect choice for dinner tonight—Or stock up and enjoy for the next couple of days while reveling in the savings!
Watch for weekly promos in our print and digital ad. Every week you will find special promotions that will keep extra money in your pocket. Better yet, plan your meals around what is on sale at your local Schnucks.
1. Never defrost food at room temperature.
2. Use the refrigerator, submerge in cold water or defrost in the microwave depending on how quickly you need to thaw your food.
3. You can refreeze food once it has been cooked. However, you should never place an uncooked item back in the freezer after thawing.
- Divide leftovers among individual containers and freeze for quick meal options later. Simply Done storage bags and containers are a budget-friendly option for freezer storage!
- Label everything with the date and type of food so you know what it is and when to use it by.
- Wrap meat and seafood in plastic wrap for a tight seal.
- Cut down on prep time later by adding uncooked meat to a marinade before freezing.
- Freeze produce in a single layer on a sheet pan before adding to containers so it doesn’t freeze together.
- The earlier you freeze, the better—you can’t save food that’s past its prime. Chop large produce and freeze in small quantities, but leave a little room inside the container (food will expand)
To Freeze Or Not To Freeze
These foods do not fare as well as others in the freezer.
- Gravies and creamy sauces
- Fruits and vegetables with high water content: celery, cucumbers, lettuce, watermelon, etc.
- Fully cooked pasta
- Dairy products such as yogurt, soft cheeses and sour cream
- Raw and hard-boiled eggs
- Anything carbonated
- Soft herbs like cilantro and basil (can still be frozen in water, oil or butter.)
How Long Will It Last?
- Produce - 8 TO 12 MONTHS
- Bacon & Sausage - 1 TO 2 MONTHS
- Ham, Hot Dogs & Lunch Meat - 1 TO 2 MONTHS
- Beef & Pork, Cooked - 2 TO 3 MONTHS
- Steaks, Uncooked - UP TO 12 MONTHS
- Poultry, Uncooked Whole - 12 MONTHS
- Poultry, Uncooked Parts - 9 MONTHS
- Egg Whites or Egg Substitutes - UP TO 12 MONTHS
- Chops, Uncooked - 4 TO 6 MONTHS
- Frozen Dinners & Entrées - 3 TO 4 MONTHS
- Roasts, Uncooked - UP TO 12 MONTHS
- Poultry, Cooked - 4 MONTHS
- Soups & Stews - 2 TO 3 MONTHS
- Beef & Pork, Uncooked Ground - 3 TO 4 MONTHS