Are you searching the web for recipes that taste great when dinnertime comes to call? Are you looking for ways to cut your grocery bill in half each week? And are you in need of dishes that the entire family will look forward to?
Below, you’ll find 14 dinner recipes that cost under $5 per plate but are also some of the most family-friendly. They’re easy to make. The ingredients won’t scare off the kids. And the leftovers won’t be bad in the lunchboxes either. Take a peek at some of our favorite finds below!
Pair two of the best family-friendly dishes into one with this pot of satisfying goodness. All of the best parts of a dish filled with chicken fettuccine and a chicken pot pie come together to create a dinner that everyone at the dinner table will want seconds of.
Grab some baguettes at the store (you can do day old ones that are marked down in price) and then turn them into pizzas! We love margherita style because the ingredients are easy to find fresh and helps for nights that you want to go meat-free.
Give the fam a fun twist on another classic lunch and dinner time staple. Add a bit of green to your grilled cheese with these spinach-artichoke melts. You can serve them up solo or alongside a bowl of soup – we prefer French onion, turkey chili, and a hearty veggie.
Here’s another meatless dish that we love and doesn’t pack a punch to the wallet. Roasted broccoli, penne pasta, a bit of lemon and feta, come together to create a light and delicious meal. Of course, for night you do need a little extra protein you can grill some chicken on the side.
Beef can amp up the bottom line on a grocery bill, but black beans can still get you to indulge in a delicious burger with the kiddos together. Follow along and learn how to create some homemade bites for yourself with all the toppings you love the most. Some grilled or marinated onions are our favorite addition.
One of the easiest and most filling dishes around comes in the form of pintos and cornbread. And, this too, is quite light on the wallet. Top off a bowlful with some fresh sour cream and a bout of cilantro. Of course, a sprinkle of sharp cheddar wouldn’t hurt either.
A fun stir fry dish that the kids won’t be afraid of, this skillet is filled with hearty freshness. It’s a meal that’s also really easy to whip up in the kitchen and won’t take too long either. Don’t forget to top off with some fresh chives.
One of our more interesting finds, this bok choy pasta is light and delicious as well. It could even be served as a side or again, alongside some grilled salmon or chicken. Nix the bok choy and add a sprinkle of parmesan for the kids who don’t necessarily love greens.
Pizza chicken skillet will become an easy family favorite after you serve it this weekend. The best part is that it has all the flavors that you love to indulge in but without breaking the bank and without any of the guilt. A green salad would finish this plate off nicely.
Here’s another chicken dish that will fit in with all of your necessities. Honey-baked chicken can be the star of the show in so many different ways and alongside so many different sides. From sweet potatoes to mac and cheese, it’s one of the more versatile on the list.
Fish tacos don’t have to top out your budget either. Instead, you can follow along with this recipe from Whole Foods Market and grab all the fresh ingredients you need for the family to enjoy these bites tonight! Some fresh lime is essential.
If the family is a fan of strong flavors, think about experimenting with curry. Because, again, meat makes those grocery lists a bit more expensive, don’t be afraid to try different vegetarian and vegan options. And this curry fits the bill.
We all know that classic sloppy Joe’s are family-friendly, budget-friendly, and taste bud-friendly too. And this is a great recipe to follow for those wanting to keep a tutorial nearby to have at a moment’s notice. Green salads, fruit, or classic potato chips work alongside the sandwiches.
And lastly is the innovative cheeseburger quesadillas we found on our perusing around the internet. The kiddos will really love combining two of their favorites. Make sure you season the meat right before you start stuffing the tortillas – that’s where the magic happens.