Family-friendly, cheap dinner ideas.
Cooking affordable, nutritious dinners that the whole family will eat is no easy task. But, with the right recipes, you can keep the whole family happy, without blowing your budget. We’ve picked out 15 tried and tested budget-friendly dinners that are loved by families, and not too costly to make.
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice is the perfect foundation for these top-rated family meals. It's pre-cooked, just heat and serve.
Rave Review: "Definitely a keeper! I liked finding a recipe that is quick, simple, tasty and nourishing. I feel like my body is saying thank you while I eat it." -- loveroflife
Rave Review: "I loved this recipe. My family ate the whole thing. It's one I'll be making again." -- JHILTON24
Rave Review: "This was a HUGE hit with both of my kids and my husband. We all loved it. Thanks for the great recipe!!!!" -- DenaMay
Rave Review: "This smelled so good while baking! You know it's good when your picky 13 year-old boy tells you it's the best chicken he's ever had!!" -- WestCoastMom
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Rave Review: "I can't believe more people haven't tried this awesome recipe! Really easy and restaurant quality. Will be added to the dinner rotation for us!" -- DTSCEP
Rave Review: "Great tasty casserole that doesn't require a ton of ingredients or effort ... my kids liked this meal a lot." -- GINAH1
Rave Review: "I can easily make this (even with my two young children running around) and have a dinner that's healthy and a hit with my family. I make this at least once a month now because it's so easy and I usually have the ingredients on hand." -- J
8. Egg Curry
Rave Review: "This turned out wonderful. I did not put the eggs in the sauce rather placed them on top of the rice and spooned the sauce over. Beautiful presentation, great aroma and flavor." -- Bernie
Rave Review: "This was good, but way more like a veggie chili than a sloppy joe. I loved how inexpensive it was. I already had the spices, onion, and celery. I bought everything else and some nice big wheat rolls for around $8.00." -- Joyousfreee
10. Sausage Pasta
Rave Review: "This is my family's new favorite recipe! They request it all the time! I make it a little healthier using whole-wheat pasta, low-sodium chicken broth, and spicy Italian turkey sausage." -- Christy Shotwell-Calloway
Rave Review: "Absolutely wonderful! Perfect blend of flavors. I was wondering if this would fill me up since it's vegetable based but it definitely did the trick!" -- bunyardj
Rave Review: "This was so good and much easier than shepherd's pie -- and with a lot less mess. I did add a layer of green beans and added a few more seasonings to the meat as it cooked. It was a big hit with my family and I will certainly make it again." -- COOKINFORFUN
Rave Review: "This was a surprise hit in my family. Between a picky toddler and a husband who hates onions and peppers, people were fighting for the leftovers!" -- AKLEFFMAN
Rave Review: "Meat was very tender. Gravy was great served over noodles. Hubby & son loved it." -- VICKIE845
15. Black Bean Chili
Rave Review: "Absolutely wonderful flavor. I served it over couscous with a little grated cheese and we couldn't get enough of it." -- Randy Fortel