You need ideas for family meals on a budget. Before to spend all your money in expensive restaurants, read this article and save money!
I am always looking for family meals that I can make for little money but with lots taste. That is why I created this list of ideas for family meals on a budget. If you are an Indian food lover, you will find recipes here that integrate the spices and flavors in your diet.
Cheap family meals: Budget recipes under £1 per head
This quick and easy bacon and chilli pasta takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Use dried basil to keep it under budget.
Total cost: £3.90 (Asda)
Cost per person: 97p
Items: Smartprice spaghetti (500g) 35p, Smartprice unsmoked streaky bacon (275g) £1.09, mixed peppers £1.50, Chosen by You Stir-Through Sauce – Tomato, Red Pepper & Cheese (190g) 96p
This tuna pasta bake comes in at just over £4 with the cheese, however you’ll only need less than half of the packet, so you can save the rest for another meal.
Total cost: £3.53 (Asda)
Cost per person: 88p
Items: Skipjack tuna chunks (79p), red onion (9p), mushrooms (70p), sweetcorn (47p), chopped tomatoes (28p), penne pasta (53p), cheddar cheese (67p/£1.65 for 250g)
This 95p per person recipe for curly kale mash with spring onions goes well with chunky grilled sausages.
Total cost: £3.80 (Sainsbury’s)
Cost per person: 95p
Items: Kale (200g) £1, loose baking potatoes 80p, spring onions (100g) 70p, Butcher’s Choice pork Lincolnshire or Cumberland sausages (8 per pack – 454g) £1.30 (usually £1.80)
The pesto adds a nutty flavour to this meatballs and beans in tomato broth. You can even skip the kale if you want to keep this even cheaper.
Total cost: £3.96 (Asda)
Cost per person: 99p
Items: Smartprice mince (454g) £1.40, onion 9p, loose tomatoes 25p, cannellini beans in water (300g) 48p, Chosen by You green pesto sauce (190g) 79p, British sliced curly kale (200g) 95p
It costs just £2.47 to make Gino D’Acampo’s classic Margherita pizza. This recipe makes two pizzas which are perfect for sharing amongst four people.
Total cost: £2.47 (Sainsbury’s) (or £3.91 if you don’t already have flour and yeast)
Cost per person: 61p (or 97p when buying flour and yeast too)
Items: Passata (500g) 79p, 2 x Basics mozzarella cheese ball (125g) 44p, basil bunch (28g) 80p, strong white bread flour (1.5kg) 80p, Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g) 64p
Cheaper cuts of chicken, like chicken wings, are great for budget meals and full of flavour. This Peri-peri chicken dish is a real winner – great with couscous or chips and coleslaw.
Total cost: £3.97 (Sainsbury’s)
Cost per person: 99p
Items: Basics British chicken wings (approx 900g) £1.88, Colman’s Season & Shake Piri Piri Chicken Seasoning Mix (29g) £1, lemon 30p, ginger 10p, couscous (500g) 69p
This colourful, tasty beetroot risotto is packed with flavour. You can save a bit more by buying Everyday Value beetroot (500g) 49p and cooking it yourself instead of buying the already-cooked version.
Total cost: £3.50 (Tesco)
Cost per person: 87p
Items: Arborio risotto rice (500g) £1.10, onion 9p, cooked beetroot (300g) 80p, Everyday Value horseradish sauce (165g) 51p, Just Wild rocket salad (70g) £1
This recipe for homemade tagliatelle is less than £2 for four servings. To make into a full meal, whip up a batch of our pasta sauce
Total cost: £1.49 (Asda)
Cost per person: 37p
Items: Plain flour 49p, 4 x eggs £1
Whip up a sausage herby omelette for a lazy Sunday morning brunch or quick lunch. For an extra treat, add a handful of grated cheese to the raw egg mixture for a creamy and stringy omelette.
Total cost: £2.38 (Asda)
Cost per person: 59p
Items: Frankfurter sausages £1.20, eggs £1.18 for 15.
This sausage and potato casserole is so cheap you could buy fancier sausages and still keep it under £1 a head.
Total cost: £2.52 (Tesco)
Cost per person: 63p
Items: Onion 17p, New potatoes 72p, Green pepper 80p, Value pork sausages (8 pack) 50p, Value pasta sauce (440g) 33p
budget family meals under $5 a serve
Make your weekly shopping budget go the distance with these cheap and cheerful dinner ideas that cost just $5 (or less!) per serve.
Ricotta and semi-dried tomato pancakes with rocket salad
Who says you can’t have pancakes for dinner! This budget-friendly savoury version comes in at under $3 a serve.
This budget-friendly weeknight winner is made from just 5-ingredients.
One-Pan Garlic Butter Chicken with Mushrooms
At under $5 a serve, this budget one-pan chicken dinner means less washing up!
Beef and Potato Layered Casserole
A budget-friendly tasty casserole made with beef mince and frozen vegies.
Speedy Thai chilli jam chicken
Made with cheap ingredients like mince, rice and vegies, this budget-friendly dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes and will cost you just under $3 per serve. Win win!
Malaysian Satay Chicken
Inspired by the Asian flavours of Malaysia, you can freeze this super-easy chicken satay in advance so you can whip it out during busy weeknights.
Creamy tuna mornay
A creamy version of tuna mornay with plenty of vegetables.
Creamy chicken pasta
A delicious, easy to make pasta meal for the whole family. My kids love this, and ask for it regularly.
Chicken and ricotta cannelloni
A scrumptious dinner that is easy and very tasty.
Microwave roast chicken
So easy and tasty, you will never roast a chicken in your oven again!
Pork and apple rissoles
A tasty rissole with a delicate apple flavour. A big hit with the family.
Baked cheesy meatballs
A tasty and simple recipe that’s sure to be a winner with the whole family.
Sour cream quiche
A creamy quiche that’s easy to make.
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
A delicious and easy economical meal for the slow cooker.
This simple chicken curry is a cinch to prepare on a busy weeknight and perfect for feeding the family! It uses coconut cream for richness and you can adjust the amount of curry powder if you prefer it more or less spicy.
Asparagus and chicken quiche
A lovely quiche to have with a salad.
Great for an appetiser or snack.
Easy quiche recipe with ingredients no more than one cup, and only one bowl. Great to eat hot or cold. This is a base recipe and can be changed to suit personal tastes. Add other ingredients such as shredded chicken, ham, corn, asparagus or capsicum.
Genoese (Italian) flatbread made with chickpea flour (besan). Low fat, low GI and low carb. Can be used as a pizza base with flavourings, or plain with dips.
Slow cooker barbecue chicken
An easy, no-fuss chicken dish, which is a good recipe on a busy day.
Cooking on a budget? You can still eat well with these recipes for affordable meals that will please the whole family. We’ve collected the best cheap dishes that use pantry staples to deliver filling meals with great flavor.
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
Wake up to a hearty and nutritious morning meal with this easy, cheesy crock pot breakfast casserole that cooks to perfection while you sleep and serves a family of six. Simply load up the appliance with packaged hash brown potatoes, eggs, and a few other simple ingredients and leave to cook overnight.
Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole With Cheddar Cheese
This budget-friendly family meal in one dish is always a family-favorite. The tuna noodle casserole has a great combination of flavors, including the creamy sauce made from condensed soup and cheddar cheese, all topped with a buttery, toasted breadcrumb crust.
Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup With Ham
Use your crockpot for a satisfying hearty bean soup that makes a comforting lunch or dinner with crusty bread or cornbread. It’s inexpensive to prepare with dry legumes, a ham bone or ham hocks, and simple seasonings. It also freezes well for making ahead.
Make your next taco night a healthier affair with tasty cauliflower tacos with crispy chickpeas. Even carnivores will enjoy these vegetarian tacos with plenty of awesome flavor from classic Mexican seasonings. Serve topped with the simple lime crema and slaw for a filling family meal.
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Delight your family with this fun lunch or dinner recipe that takes your favorite egg roll ingredients, including ground pork, cabbage, ginger, and garlic, and serves them up in a bowl instead of a fried wrapper. It’s a healthy spin on a favorite Chinese takeout, including the super crave-able creamy and spicy dressing.
Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters
Tender, juicy roasted chicken leg quarters are easy on the budget and a comforting main course for your Sunday dinner or a memorable family meal. All you need to dress them up for the oven is a little chicken broth and pantry spices.
Chicken, Cheese, and Penne Pasta Bake
Easy, inexpensive chicken pasta bake is the ultimate one-dish meal. Chicken breasts are combined with mushrooms, artichokes, and pasta and coated in a creamy sauce before being topped with cheese and baked. You can also use leftover white or dark meat chicken for this recipe.
Easy Pizza Pockets
Watch kids’ eyes light up when you serve these delicious pizza pockets for lunch or a hearty snack. They look and taste like the popular pizzeria treat and are a snap to make at home with a can of refrigerated biscuits, jarred or fresh tomato sauce, and your favorite pizza ingredients.
Stuffed Peppers With Ground Beef and Rice
Stuffed with a flavorful mixture of beef, rice, and pantry staples, these hearty stuffed peppers make a satisfying main dish. They look pretty on a plate, making a tasty lunch or dinner that won’t stretch your budget and will please even picky eaters.
Chuck Steak Dinner Baked in Foil
Start with a single, thick, budget-friendly chuck steak to create a complete, delicious dinner that will satisfy a family of four. The beef bakes to perfection in a foil packet along with potatoes, carrots, celery, and dry onion soup seasoning for a flavorful, filling dish with little effort and minimal clean-up.