Check out these 10 easy, kid-friendly meals on a budget!
Try making a double batch of this iconic French vegetable stew for two (or even three!) cheap meals in one. Sop it up with hearty bread the first night, then serve the leftovers on top of pizza. Make ratatouille »
2. Shrimp Fried Rice
Even the cheapest restaurant eats can add up fast, so the next time you’re craving Chinese takeout, cook up some fried rice yourself! Low in cost and high in flavor, it’s also a great way to use up whatever you’ve got in the fridge.
Make shrimp fried rice »
3. Pasta With Roasted Vegetables And Tomato Sauce
Made with affordable — and fresh — ingredients like tomatoes, eggplant, and onions, this kid-friendly dish is a convenient go-to when you can’t figure out what to do with all that spaghetti in your pantry.
Make pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce »
4. Lemon Grilled Chicken
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you have to retire the barbeque (just throw on a sweater!). This zesty recipe uses lemons and cayenne for a budget-friendly marinade that adds some kick to the old weeknight standard.
Make lemon grilled chicken »
5. Huevos Rancheros
At less than $2 per dozen, the incredible, edible egg is an a super-cheap source of protein. Add in some salsa, black beans, and kale to make this classic Mexican breakfast hearty enough to dish up for dinner.
Make huevos rancheros »
6. Ricotta Gnocchi With Lemon And Basil
These pillow-y, riccota-filled gnocchi give you gourmet flavor without the high price tag. Plus, the kids will get a kick out of helping you make it!
Make ricotta gnocchi with lemon basil »
7. Black-Bean Quesadillas
Beans are one of the least expensive ways to get your protein during dinnertime. Stuffing them into quesadillas is the easiest way to make sure they’re gobbled up by the whole family!
Make black-bean quesadillas»
8. Baked Spaghetti Squash
Embracing seasonal produce is a smart way to get top-notch veggies on the cheap. Squash takes center stage in this fall casserole, which makes enough for four — plus leftovers!
Make baked spaghetti squash »
9. Lentil Chili
There’s a reason these tiny legumes are a staple of cuisines the world over: they may be the cheapest protein source around. Use them in a pot of chili for an Indian-inspired twist on everyone’s favorite winter stew.
Make lentil chili »
10. Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe E Fagioli
Spaghetti again? Get out of the red-sauce rut by tossing pasta with a can of white beans, a handful of Parmesan, and a generous dose of ground pepper. Throw in a quick salad, and you’ve got dinner on the table for just a few bucks.
Make spaghetti cacio e pepe e fagioli »