Trying to feed a family on a budget? A variety of cheap, healthy recipes lets you prepare delicious dinners that please children and grown-ups alike. Nobody wants to be restrained to pasta or chicken every night, so having several creative recipes on hand can be useful in making dinner a fun family gathering time.
These 10 healthy family meals under $10 deliver on nutrition without breaking the bank. They’re made with simple ingredients you can find at almost any grocery store at a reasonable price. Additionally, many of these recipes use shelf-stable foods that you can buy in bulk for extra savings. Stock up on beans, rice, and colorful veggies and get ready for some amazing family dinners!
1. Slow Cooker Bean & Potato Soup
Bring out your slow cooker and enjoy this warm bean and potato soup. The ingredients in this recipe are simple. Gold potatoes, beans, vegetables, stock, and spices. You can always play around using the veggies and spices you already own to cut down on cost.
2. One-Skillet Chicken & Pasta
Easy and cheap! No heavy clean up or long cooking times. This recipe is ideal for busy days. Pasta is one of the most affordable cooking ingredients available, and it’s a favorite that will please the entire family. Buy frozen or fresh chicken breast and get cooking. To cut down on calories and cost, reduce the amount of Parmesan cheese.
3. Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
You can find good, bright bell peppers for under a dollar at the supermarket. Fill them with veggies and a few other basic ingredients. The brown rice and kidney beans in this recipe make it extra filling, adding substance without driving up the cost. The combination of garlic, onion, tomato sauce, and spices pack it full of flavor. Absolutely delicious!
Make things even easier with this crockpot chicken recipe! No long prep, no watching the stove as food cooks. This recipe makes itself! Combine skinless chicken breast, chunky salsa, and balsamic vinegar, and you can feed your entire family with almost no effort or spending.
6. One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli
Add some chicken, broccoli, and a few veggies for extra flavor and you have a full, healthy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.
7. Twice Baked Veggie Stuffed Potato
Potatoes are an economic food that adds substance to almost any dish. Although potatoes aren’t packed with nutrients, they are a good base for eating tons of colorful, vitamin-rich veggies.
8. Veggie Cheese Skillet
One great way to cut back on food costs is to go vegetarian for at least one day of the week. This one-pot cheesy veggie skillet delivers flavor without unnecessary calories. This no-meat, all-veggie dish won’t break the bank, either.
9. Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla
Quesadillas are a favorite among college students because they’re easy and economical. Tortillas and cheese are two ingredients most people often already have. We love this roasted vegetable quesadilla because the roasted veggie mix adds nutrition and allows you to reduce the amount of cheese. This cuts back on both calories and price. You can also try this easy chicken quesadilla.
10. Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup
Hearty indeed! Loaded with brown lentils and carrots, this soup is rich and filling with 15 grams of protein per serving.
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