Frugal meals don’t have to be boring!
It’s great to have a few go-to frugal meals for when you are short on cash. I absolutely love my Crock-Pot and couldn’t live without it, especially during the week when it is so busy I sometimes forget to eat!
Crockpot and freezer meals are also great frugal options as you can make a lot without spending a lot. And let me tell you, with a big family, I try and stretch my grocery budget as much as possible!
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It can feel like a challenge to feed your family hearty and nutritious meals when you are living paycheck to paycheck. Although Ramen is always an option, it’s not exactly a healthy go to. Did someone say MSG?!
But fear no more!
Here is a list of hearty and frugal dinners to feed your family when you are pinching pennies.
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Frugal and Hearty Dinners
These frugal meals are also a great option for picky eaters, as they are generally very simple and the ingredients can easily be changed to fit even the pickiest palettes!
At roughly $0.55 per serving, you can’t go wrong! These are so simple to make and are great for those days where you don’t have time to cook a full meal. Just pop them into the microwave for a couple minutes and you are good to go!
I like to make 2 sizes, a larger burrito size for the hubby and older kids, and a smaller taco size for the younger kids. There is less wasted food for us that way. You could also pair this with a quick side of frozen veggies for a more complete meal.
From Divas on a Dime.
Shepherd’s pie is a great option for a frugal yet hearty meal. Packed full of veggies and frugal ingredients like onions and potatoes.
Recipes with chicken thighs are great because you can get them pretty cheap. Add in some potatoes, onions, and carrots and you got yourself a filling meal.
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When I need a frugal meal in a pinch, I generally turn to Mexican cuisine. It is a great way to pack in a bunch of veggies on the cheap! Plus when you go for dried beans, although there is a little more prep involved, it’s so easy to make a substantial meal for a whole family on a budget.
From Cooking Classy.
Soup is a classic go-to for a healthy and hearty family meal. A vegetable is an especially frugal type of soup to make because in comparison to meat, they are much more affordable.
From Cincy Shopper.
You can’t go wrong with a hearty and filling sandwich. The great thing about sandwiches, or any kind, is you can personalize them with whatever you like!
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From The Recipe Critic.
Rice is always a good frugal staple to keep around the house. So versatile and easy to make. This simple chicken fried rice recipe is a great option for the whole family.
From Moneywise Moms
I absolutely LOVE recipes that can be personalized. With 6 kids, it can be very difficult to find something that everyone likes. This baked potato bar is a great alternative to making tacos. Plus everyone can add whatever they like while also being cheap!
From Mom Needs Chocolate.
A delicious blend of juicy kielbasa, soft and chewy potatoes and spicy peppers.
From The Magical Slow Cooker.
To finish off the list is a super cheap meal to feed the whole family. I absolutely love a meal that I can toss in a crockpot and forget about!
What is your favorite frugal dinner recipe? Share it below!
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