52 Awesome & Inexpensive Recipes to Feed a Family of 4
When you’re feeding a family of four or more, there’s a lot to consider. Varying tastebuds and the budget are two of the most important. The more inspiration you can find the better – especially when you’re tired of whipping up the same few meals on a weekly basis.
Today, we’re showing off 52 awesome and inexpensive recipes that will easily feed a family of four – and satisfy everyone at the table. Let’s have a peek. There’s a mixture of breakfast, lunch, and dinner in there so make sure you share your favorites with us!
52 Awesome & Inexpensive Recipes to Feed a Family of 4
We begin this family-filled adventure with this kid-friendly meal. Ranch-inspired chicken tenders with a side of delicious veggies, both children and parents will be happy at the dinner table with this combination. And you can do it all with one pan and a quick prep time.
Whether you’re a vegetarian family or you’re trying to find new ways to infuse veggies into your family’s diet, these veg sloppy joes are full of flavor and good-for-you ingredients. Top them with some flavorful coleslaw and serve it up with some homemade potato chips to make everyone extra happy.
Buy inexpensive chicken thighs, freeze them, and then take what you want to use a little at a time to thaw. And once they are thawed, you can whip up these delicious and crispy honey-lemon bites. Serve it up with a side salad or mashed potatoes for everyone to enjoy.
Chili is always a great, go-to meal for the family and with this red lentil chili, you’ll get an affordable and healthy fix for everyone a the table. Top it off with a sprinkle of cheese and sour cream – or even some jalapenos for an extra kick. The leftovers here are always nice for the next day’s lunch; perfect for fall and winter days!
Here’s an easy, one-pan recipe that includes all the essentials and will make everyone at the dinner table happy. Smoked sausage, a bit of broccoli, and some rice come together to create a budget-friendly and satisfying meal. You can personalize this dish with how you season it!
If you’re a family that loves shrimp, you can easily keep within the budget and use it for dinnertime. Just take this recipe as a bout of inspiration for your grocery list. Pasta is always a great, go-to idea to satisfy the family with and this time they get a bit of “extra” with its toppings.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even brunch, serve up some fun avocado toast. It’s healthy, it’s incredibly easy to create and it’s super delicious too. Some avocado and a fried egg, well that goes together just as well as peanut butter and jelly.
Chicken noodle soup is a classic, but turkey noodle soup is just as good! Check out this recipe and serve up something healthy and hearty for the family tonight. Grilled cheeses on the side are always a great addition.
This single pan wonder is budget friendly and full of flavors that the entire family will be happy with. Poached eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, spices, and more, it’s a Middle Eastern favorite that you can use as some of the best dinner inspiration.
Plump up your classic grilled cheeses with some meat and veg. This is a great way to make sure everyone is getting some greens in their diet but in a delicious way. Serve it up with some cold pasta salad on the side.
Ground beef is always a great choice when you’re watching the budget. And this casserole – with noodles – will be a favorite among the kiddos. It has all the ingredients and flavors that satisfy hungry bellies. It too makes for some delicious leftovers as well.
Burritos make everyone happy and they’re easy on the wallet as well. Just make sure you whip up some fresh pico and top off the bite with a dollop of sour cream to really round out the dish. The kids may want some chips and salsa on the side too.
Here’s another Mexican-inspired dish that’s perfect for family dinners. These white bean and spinach burritos make for a beautiful, vegetarian meal and one that’s full of good-for-you flavors. You can whip it up in one baking pan and serve up quick any night of the week.
Maybe you’re feeling like a bit of Asian influence at the dinner table tonight. If so, check out this easy-to-follow Thai peanut chicken recipe. Serve it up with a side of rice and maybe some spring rolls too.
Low carb, healthy, but filled with flavors everyone already loves, you’ll feel so good whipping up these pizza boats for the family. You can probably make these with things you already have in the kitchen. Grab some fresh veggies and fill those zucchinis up!
Maybe you’re a seafood loving family but can’t figure out what to make or how to make it on a budget. Well, have no fear, these crab puffs will save the day. Serve it up with a side of Cesar for the perfect weekend dinner.
For a night of comfort food, learn how to whip up some meaty and cheesy baked ziti. This recipe is fast, budget-friendly, and easy even for novice chefs to create. And everyone, from the smallest tummies to the pickiest of eaters will love it.
Shepherd’s pie is a classic family meal and everyone should have it marked in their recipe book. It’s best plated with heaping mounds of veggies and delicious rolls. It’s one that the kiddos will learn to love as well, so get to cooking!
This low-cost meal is satisfying, delicious, and a bit different. Who knew pumpkin could go with Italian food so well? You can hoard cans of pumpkin – which is incredibly inexpensive – and get the job done without any issues to the bank or the kitchen.
Alfredo is a fan favorite as well but when you can add green to any plated meal you and the family are better for it. Hop on over now to check out this family-friendly meal. And the leftovers for this dish are perfect for packing later in the week for lunches – also a benefit!
Easy on the eyes and the tummy, a pot of flavorful sausage and veggies can be a simple solution to family dinnertime woes. Anytime you just need one pot to whip up a meal, we’re excited. And when it’s full of this much good stuff, we’re raring to go!
Pillsbury has a simple, everyone-will-love kind of meal idea up their sleeve as well. These taco melts are delicious and the ingredients won’t break the bank either. You just need a bit of sour cream on the side to really set the bites over the top.
The slow cooker is a lifesaver, especially for busy parents! All you have to do is throw in the ingredients to this tasty feat and get plates of deliciousness for the family. Veggies, bacon, and more for everyone to dive into!
Sometimes the simplest way to go is the best. A make-your-own loaded potato bar could be a fun night’s meal. And all you have to do is use anything and everything you have in the kitchen as your topping choices!
Here’s another classic that families love and everyone should have dog-eared in their recipe books. If you don’t have a great chicken pot pie up your sleeve, we found you one. This one is more like a casserole rather than individual pies but that just makes it easier to create in the kitchen!
Black bean soup can be a fun weeknight dinner idea as well. You can build it up with delicious toppings; cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, and even some fresh avocado. And then, on the side, some homemade tortilla chips to finish out the bites.
Or you can go with a creamier and a bit more comforting soup; potato. And load this one up too with bacon and cheese! It’s a great, go-to pot for the fall and winter months that the kiddos will dive into.
Vegetarian recipes are always fun to try out – even if you’re a family of meat-eaters. It’s always good to find dishes that infuse a bit of extra good-for-you stuff inside. This veggie spaghetti will have all of the kids gobbling up more greens!
Pizzas are always fun to experiment with. But the budget-friendly idea here is to build your pizzas with what you already have in the kitchen. This butternut squash and bacon concoction is a delicious example of that.
Another classic dish and one that is satisfying for all is the beef wellington. If you want to try your hands at something a bit different, we’re all hands on deck with this savory bite. That pastry crust looks extra yummy, don’t you think?
Another soup that will save the night is this broccoli and cheese masterpiece. It’s such an easy meal to add to the grocery list and easy to whip up too. We like serving this one up with a fruit-filled salad or even some ham roll-ups.
Fried rice is known for being an inexpensive meal idea. And it’s so easy to personalize and make “just right” for your entire family. Add chicken, pork, beef, or even shrimp – or just go with your favorite veggies!
When “one pot” is in the details, our ears perk up. Because when it comes to heading up a family meal, that just makes everything easier. And this one is filled with your favorite Mexican flavors and ingredients.
These grilled chicken skewers will be a fun addition to the dinner table as well. It’s a healthy option that you can serve alongside a large variety of side dishes and they’re super easy to make too – even for our novice chefs.
Beans are the best because they can make anything and everything healthier and more filling. And this bean-soup does just that. It’s inexpensive, hearty, and will be the perfect accompaniment to a kid-friendly grilled cheese.
This take on lasagna is giggle-inducing and delicious. This one is a bit more budget-friendly than classic lasagna – that’s where the “poor man’s” description comes in. But the kiddos will love the noodles just as much.
We love chili recipes too because they’re a variety of good things including: healthy, hearty, filling, leftover-friendly, and inexpensive! Here we have a 3-bean sweet potato version that does well over rice or noodles!
How does Mexican macaroni sound to you? It’s as good as it sounds, trust us, and it looks rather scrumptious as well. It’s a really great twist on classic mac and cheese when you’re tired of fulfilling all of the kids’ plain jane palette wishes.
It’s always good to know how to tackle classic recipes and this one is at the top of our list. It feeds a family, it’s inexpensive on the whole, and any leftovers can be put to really good use. Serve it up with a side salad or the family’s favorite such as mashed potatoes!
Grab all of the ingredients you love from a cheesesteak and then stuff them inside some pizza dough for a stromboli that will knock your socks off. It’s filled with flavor and everyone at the table will be happy to dive right in. And the recipe makes a great amount for the hungriest of families!
Hearty, delicious, filled with fan favorite ingredients, and kid-friendly too, you cannot go wrong with this easy, old-fashioned goulash recipe. This will fill up everyone’s tummies and last for days of leftovers without hurting your weekly grocery budget.
Get your crockpot out from under the kitchen cabinet and plug it in – we have an easy and yummy meal for you. This chicken and gravy recipe goes well over rice, mashed potatoes, and always with a side of buttery biscuits.
Tacos are always going to be a family favorite, but sometimes you may want to mix it up a bit and do something different. These chicken carnitas are delicious, especially with the fresh, pineapple and jalapeno salsa on top!
If you haven’t begun to incorporate quinoa into your family’s diet yet, start now. It’s not too scary for the little ones to try and it’s so versatile and healthy! This Mexican-style treat is easy to whip up and use as leftovers too.
Here’s a morning dish to get everyone’s day started on the right foot! Grab the crockpot and have brewing overnight. Banana nut oatmeal is sweet and satisfying, perfect for filling up with before the kids hit homeroom.
Beef stew is a good as well, thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank here either – in fact, you can use leftover veggies in the recipe! Again, grab the slow cooker because this one will help out a busy family day and end on a delicious note.
If your family is already a fan of Greek or Mediterranean fare, these flatbreads will be a hit at the table! Top with your favorite fresh ingredients and serve up with a side salad or fruit medley. It’s easy, light, and delicious. They’re great for lunches as well!
Breakfast, lunch, or even brunch, these avocado toast melts will have everything excited to chow down. You could even add some egg for extra protein. It’s so easy, the kids can help Mom and Dad whip them up in the kitchen.
Biscuits and gravy is a classic breakfast recipe filled with comforting flavors and a southern charm. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or even a cozy dinner, it’s a family favorite that you can serve up without shelling out too much cash. Some fruit or extra crispy bacon on the side is always a plus.