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23+ Top Cheap & Easy Family Dinners

23+ Top Cheap & Easy Family Dinners

If you’re a busy parent trying to feed your family, you’re in the right place. These quick and easy budget meals are perfect with just a few basic ingredients.

Budget-Friendly Meals for Your Picky Family!

23+ Top Cheap & Easy Family Dinners

Finding quick and easy dinner ideas for my hungry kids is always a challenge. It’s tough to find recipes that everyone likes, especially when I’m tired and looking for simple, affordable meals. I also love recipes that make big portions so we can have leftovers for dinner or lunch the next day.

If you’re a busy mom or dad on a budget with picky eaters, check out this list of cheap and easy family dinners! They all use just a few ingredients and most are really quick to make for those last-minute school night meals. You’ll find everything from simple ground beef casseroles to slow cooker chicken recipes. You’re sure to find a few new favorites to add to your weekly meal plan!

1. SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND GRAVY

My crockpot is my go to kitchen appliance because it makes dinner so easy! Just toss in a few chicken breasts, a can of soup, a bit of sour cream, and some chicken gravy mix packets into your slow cooker, and you’ve got a simple dinner your family will enjoy. Serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.

1. SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND GRAVY - Easy Family Dinners

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2. THE BEST MEATLOAF RECIPE -for family dinners

This tasty beef and stuffing mix is great even if you don’t usually like meatloaf. Add your favorites to make it even better. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies for a comforting, delicious meal.

GRANDMA'S MEATLOAF - EASY FAMILY DINNERS

3. EASY PIZZA TOAST

You need a quick and easy dinner idea? Try these fun mini pizza! With just 3 main ingredients and any toppings you like, They’re easy to make. Imagine garlic toast with sauce and melted cheese. Delicious!

4. MISSISSIPI POT ROAST

Mississippi Pot Roast – The best pot roast recipe! It’s made in the slow cooker with just 5 ingredients. You’ll love it!

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5. SHEPHERD’S PIE

One day, I wanted to make Shepherd’s pie, but I was put off by recipes that needed over 15 ingredients and a lot of time. So, I experimented with fewer, cheaper ingredients, which turned out even better with much less hassle! You can even use store-bought mashed potatoes to make it even easier.

6. CLASSIC CONEY ISLAND HOT DOG SAUCE

Hot dogs with meat sauce are a staple at beautiful and sunny Coney Island, it’s usually enjoyed on the famous boardwalk by the beach for the full experience. The classic Coney Island sauce requires a mixture of cayenne pepper, allspice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cinnamon, and ground mustard paired with tomato paste and ground meat to create a sensational taste.

CLASSIC CONEY ISLAND HOT DOG SAUCE - easy family dinners

7- PAULA DEEN’S CROCKPOT MAC AND CHEESE

I was so amazed at how good Paula Deen’s mac and cheese was. The ingredients are simple, and the result is comfort food. It’s easy and perfect for busy days. This dish is always popular. Try it!!

PAULA DEEN’S CROCKPOT MAC AND CHEESE - easy family dinners

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8- MARRY ME CHICKEN

Marry Me Chicken. What a funny name for a dish! This chicken recipe is so good, your boyfriend will propose! It’s delicious and takes about 30 minutes to make.

marry me chicken easy family dinners

9- CROCK POT CUBE STEAK RECIPE

We all want to feed our families healthy, tasty food without spending too much. Kids need protein, but some cuts of meat are expensive. Cubed steak is a good option. We sometimes avoid using it because it can be tough, even if it’s cubed. The best way to avoid this is to cook it in the slow cooker.

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10- CREAMY CHICKEN BAKE RECIPE

Every mom or home cook needs easy chicken dinners. My family loves creamy chicken, and I love trying new chicken recipes. One-pot dinners are the best. Who has time to wash dishes?

CREAMY CHICKEN BAKE RECIPE - easy family dinners

11- TEXAS COWBOY STEW (EASY RECIPE)

Sometimes you need to feed a crowd and this cowboy soup recipe is perfect for that. Full of flavor and different textures, it’s a crowd pleaser. Weather is getting cold fast, and cowboy stew is just what you need to warm up on these cold nights.

1. SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND GRAVY - easy family dinners

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