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Quick, Easy, and Budget Friendly Meals Your Entire Family Will Love

Quick, Healthy, and Budget Friendly Meals Your Entire Family Will Love

If you are like me, you are constantly searching for new recipes that both your children and your spouse will love, but won’t break the bank. And the easier the better, right? Pinterest has TONS of recipes you can search through to find meals your whole family will enjoy, and I’ve put some of our favorites in this post. Read on for 5 quick, healthy, and budget friendly meals your family will love!

Baked Ravioli

My kids LOVE ravioli, and with just three ingredients, this recipe will be a cinch to make on a busy weeknight. All you need is one 26 oz jar of marinara sauce (we like Bertolli ), one 25 oz bag of frozen ravioli, 2 cups of mozzarella, and a sprinkle of parmesan. Make two layers of the sauce, ravioli, and mozzarella, and sprinkle the parmesan on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes covered, and 15 minutes more uncovered. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

You can find the full, original recipe from Tasty Kitchen here.

Slow Cooker Baked Spaghetti

This recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker is a twist on classic spaghetti with the added cheesy goodness of ricotta and cream cheese. The best part, it’s made in the crock pot! To make, season 1.5 lbs of meat with onion, garlic, oregano, dried basil, and salt, then brown. Add the meat and two 24 oz jars of marinara sauce to your crock pot (again, I like to use Bertolli) and cook on low for six hours. Cook your noodles according to the package and add to the meat sauce. Mix 4 oz of cream cheese and 1 cup of ricotta, spread on top and cover with 2 cups of mozzarella. Cook for 20 more minutes, then enjoy!

Tip: my family does not like the texture of onion and garlic clove, so I substitute onion and garlic powder, which still gives it a great taste.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Six Sisters’ Stuff has a delicious chicken teriyaki recipe that can be made in the crock pot, because easy! You mix 1 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 3 teaspoons minced garlic (or garlic powder) and pour over your 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast. Cook on low for six hours. Fix your 2 cups of rice according to package (we like jasmine rice), and steam 2 cups of carrots and 2 cups of broccoli. Serve the chicken and vegetables over the rice.

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

For this easy recipe, you will need 4 chicken breasts, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs, 1 24 oz jar of marinara sauce, and 1 cup of mozzarella. Combine the milk and egg, dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then the bread crumbs, and place in a 13 x 9 dish. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, add the marinara and mozzarella, then back an additional 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta or side dishes. You can view the original post and recipe from Easy Recipe Depot here.

Easy Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is an easy, versatile recipe that can be reheated for several days, or even frozen for a later meal. When I make hamburger soup, I use 2 lbs of ground beef or beef stew meat, 46 oz tomato juice with 1 cup water, and our favorite veggies: corn, peas, green beans, carrots, and potatoes. I also like to add barley to make it more hearty. And you will need to season with salt and pepper to taste. You can change it up by adding your family’s favorite ingredients. You can find Spend with Pennies recipe here.

If you are looking for more ideas, check out my Quick, Easy, and Budget Friendly Meals Pinterest Board here. And if you subscribe to my blog, you can check out my Meal Plan/Shopping List/Daily Schedule for free!

I would love for you to share your go to easy meals below! Hope to hear from you!

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61 thoughts on “Quick, Easy, and Budget Friendly Meals Your Entire Family Will Love

  1. I need to make all of these! I am in a meal planning rut lately. I always want to keep in interesting and healthy, but I have been so busy lately that planning has been hard. These means look perfect. Easy and budget friendly is perfect!

  2. Our budget-friendly go-to meal is chicken and dumplings. Throw everything in the crock pot before we leave, and when we come back the house smells fantastic, and it only takes a few minutes to put some biscuit chunks in to cook, and *tada* dinner is served.

    These are great ideas, thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. I love all the simple pasta recipes! I plan to try the baked ravioli. I’m also a huge fan of crockpot cooking! and happy to see there were a few recipes for that.

  4. These are wonderful simple meals for families. Our family typically meal plans on Sunday (since it’s my first day off from work) and plan out what we are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner each week.  Because we know what we are eating each morning (this definitely helps on those crazy school mornings) and night, it means less stress, less money splurged on eating out and the ability to pull anything frozen out of the freezer the night before.

  5. Love these quick, simple recipes. I guess I have spent so much time in the kitchen from working in a professional kitchen for 7 yrs. When it comes to cooking at home, I always opt in for simple and quick recipes. I’d definitely try these. Thanks.

  6. I love these recipes. As a college student without a lot of extra cash I’m always looking for ideas other than ramen. I love the idea of hamburger soup. And Ravioli, I forgot how much I loved Ravioli as a kid! You’re convincing me to make a late night Walmart run haha.

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