15+ Frugal Meals to Take to a Friend

Jan 19, 2022 | Food, Recipes

These deliciously frugal dinner ideas for friends are perfect for making someone smile after a difficult day. They're quick and easy to make and won't blow the grocery budget!

Baked ziti in a dish from Fun Cheap or Free.

Whether they just had a baby, had a busy day, or are laid up in bed sick, a meal is a great way to ease your friend's burden and let them know you care. Really, who doesn't love a delicious meal delivered straight to your door after a hard day? The best part? You don't even have to blow your grocery budget to do it!

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We've compiled a list of 15+ frugal, yet delicious meals you can take to your friend that won't break the bank in the process. Quick, easy, and drool-worthy, these dinner ideas for friends will satisfy every belly! Alright, let's get to it!


Chicken broccoli rice casserole in a dish from Fun Cheap or Free.

Casseroles are a great one-dish frugal meal to take to friends in need. Grab yourself some foil casserole tins and get to cooking!

These casseroles pack a punch of flavor and comfort!


Soup screams comfort, especially when the weather is cool! Lift your friend's spirits and ease their stress with a pot of one of these tasty soups.

  • Chicken Gnocchi – This chicken gnocchi soup is the perfect comfort on a cold day. Don't forget the french bread!
  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Cheesy, creamy and full of carbs… this potato soup is ah-ma-zing!
  • Taco Soup – Get all the fiesta flavors in this yummy taco soup recipe.
  • Curried Sweet Potato Soup – Have a vegetarian friend who needs a little comfort? This meatless curried sweet potato soup will hit the spot!
  • Butternut Squash Soup – Similar in flavor to the sweet potato soup, this butternut squash soup is a hug in a bowl!

See, we told you they were good. Mhmmmmm.


Sweet and sour meatballs on a tray from Fun Cheap or Free.

While any of these meals can be doubled for a big family, here are some of our favorite family-style meals to take to a friend!

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs – This sweet and sour meatball recipe is great for feeding a group!
  • Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken – This garlic brown chicken recipe only uses four ingredients!
  • Oven-Baked Tacos – These delicious oven-baked tacos can be made with any meat you already have on hand.
  • Taquitos – Taquitos are not only good, they're freezer friendly! Make a double batch and give them one to eat and one for later!
  • Baked Ziti – Pasta is cheap and is usually loved by all! This baked ziti recipe won't disappoint.

Now that you have some of our best dinner ideas for friends, you're ready to serve! Not only will you fill their bellies with delicious food, it'll warm their hearts to know you care.

What are some of your go-to meals to take to friends in need? Share in the comments below!

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