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.
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Swap out the traditional carb bomb potato dishes for a healthier option. This loaded keto cauliflower au gratin is also a great way to sneak more veggies into your family's diet.
Packed with creamy cheese and crunchy salty bacon, we won't judge when you go back for seconds (or thirds).
Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken
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!
If you don't already have a pressure cooker, it is seriously a lifesaver, especially when you are short on time. I seriously suggest that you get one!
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Are you having guests over for a holiday dinner and are sick of turkey or other traditional holiday meats? Why not try a seafood holiday dish?
This seafood paella is a great choice! It’s a beautiful and colorful recipe that's easy and quick to make, not to mention absolutely delicious!
French mushroom quiche
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.
Leek sweet potato soup
This is a wonderful holiday recipe, perfect comfort food to get you through the cold nights. Whip up this creamy leek sweet potato soup when company comes over with some crusty baguettes.
This recipe calls for Ras El Hanout spice, which lends a unique flavor profile to this creamy holiday soup recipe.
10 Minute Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice
This simple holiday recipe for 10 Minute Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice is an easy enough recipe to throw together when company is on its way!
Instead of using super salty soy sauce, swap it out for healthier liquid amnios.
Roast Chicken Dinner In The Air Fryer
Roast chicken dinner in the air fryer is so easy to make and includes homemade sage and onion stuffing which is a perfect holiday dinner.
All chicken and veggies cooked in the air fryer and ready to go in under an hour. What more could you ask for when hungry guests come over?
Air Fryer Jerk Chicken With Pumpkin Couscous
Kick-off the holiday season with pumpkin couscous and Air Fryer Jerk Chicken. A delicious quick air fryer dinner giving you the ultimate holiday comfort food experience.
Easy enough to prepare in the air fryer with little effort on a busy holiday evening of for when company comes over unexpectedly.
Holiday Pasta Dishes
Pasta is great at any time of the year! One of the things that I love about pasta dishes is versatility. You can add holiday ingredients like salmon, pumpkin, and seasonal spices.
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Instant Pot Bagels Lox and Cream Cheese Pasta
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
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!
Creamy Autumn Pumpkin Pasta
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.
Gluten-Free Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper 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.
Gluten-Free Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe (Vegan, Allergy-Free)
Pasta dishes are great for any time of the year and not just during the holidays. Why not try a healthy spin on an Italian classic?
This Gluten-Free Fettuccine Alfredo is vegan, allergy-free, and healthy! A perfect dish to make for those kiddos that might have allergies and ready in less than 15 minutes!
Even the pickiest eaters won’t notice the extra protein and hidden veggies and will love it! Make sure to keep a stash of gluten-free fettuccine noodles on hand for a quick and easy meal.
15 Minute Garlic Mushroom Pasta
Go for a mushroom theme and add this garlic mushroom pasta to your holiday dinner meal planning.
This dish is packed with savory flavors and is easy enough to multiply to feed a crowd. Some good, high-quality olive oil really helps to bring this dish together.
Vegan Holiday Dinners
While the holidays is a time to indulge, that doesn't mean you can't make a few healthy dinners. Here are a handful of vegan holiday dinners that both your vegan and meat-eating family will enjoy.
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Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf
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!
Rostis with Turmeric Yogurt
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!
Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto
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!
Easy Vegan Mexican Skillet Recipe
This quick and easy to make, protein-packed Easy Vegan Mexican Skillet Recipe is great to make for guests that are eating a plant-based diet and don’t eat meat products.
It pairs perfectly with some whole grain chips. If you don’t already have a cast-iron skillet, you might want to add one to your Christmas list! I got one last year and love it!