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

Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders & Veggies from Damn Delicious

Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders & Veggies

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.

Veggie Sloppy Joes from She Likes Food

Veggie Sloppy Joes

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.

Crispy Honey-Lemon Chicken Thighs from Brit + Co

Crispy Honey-Lemon Chicken Thighs

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.

Lentil Chili from Little Broken

Lentil Chili

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!

Smoked Sausage & Rice from All Things Mama

Smoked Sausage & Rice

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!

Shrimp Pasta from GUB Life

Shrimp Pasta

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.

Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs from Closet Cooking

Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs

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.

Turkey Noodle Soup from I Heart Naptime

Turkey Noodle Soup

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.

Shakshuka from Nourish Atelier


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.

Ham & Broccoli Grilled Cheese from Cooking Classy

Ham & Broccoli Grilled Cheese

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 Country Casserole from Together As A Family

Ground Beef Country Casserole

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.

Beef, Bean, Cheese Burritos from Carlsbad Cravings

Beef, Bean, Cheese Burritos

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.

Spinach & White Bean Enchiladas from Budget Bytes

Spinach & White Bean Enchiladas

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.

Thai Peanut Chicken from Budget Bytes

Thai Peanut Chicken

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.

Zucchini Pizza Boats from The Girl on Bloor

Zucchini Pizza Boats

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!

Crab Puffs from Budget Savvy Diva

Crab Puffs

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.

Baked Ziti from The Country Cook

Baked Ziti

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 from Brit + Co

Shepherd’s Pie

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!

Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells from Love and Olive Oil

Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

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.

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo from Damn Delicious

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

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!

Sausage & Veggies from EatWell101

Sausage & Veggies

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!

Taco Melts from Pillsbury

Taco Melts

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.

Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken from Pillsbury

Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken

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!

Loaded Baked Potatoes from Jane Can

Loaded Baked Potatoes

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!

Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese from Serious Eats

Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese

How about some grilled cheeses tonight? Add a bit of a punch to each though and make them Cubano-style with some pickles and ham tossed in. Soup on the side is always a winner as well.

Chicken Pot Pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Chicken Pot Pie

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 from Something New for Dinner

Black Bean Soup

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.

Potato Bacon Soup from Plated Cravings

Potato Bacon Soup

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 Spaghetti from Family Food on the Table

Vegetarian Spaghetti

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!

Butternut Squash & Bacon Pizza from Half Baked Harvest

Butternut Squash & Bacon Pizza

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.

Beef Wellington from This is Not Diet Food

Beef Wellington

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?

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup from Gimme Some Oven

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup

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 from The Wicked Noodle

Mixed Fried Rice

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!

One Pot Mexican Skillet from The Garlic Diaries

One Pot Mexican Skillet

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.

Key West Grilled Chicken from Grocery Budget 101

Key West Grilled Chicken

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.

5-Ingredient Bean Soup from Coley Cooks

5-Ingredient Bean Soup

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.

Poor Man’s Lasagna from Inspiration Made Simple

Poor Man’s Lasagna

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.

Three-Bean Sweet Potato Chili from A Virtual Vegan

Three-Bean Sweet Potato Chili

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!

Jambalaya from McCormick

Jambalaya with Chicken and Sausage

Everyone needs to know how to make a yummy version of jambalaya too. This one includes both chicken and sausage and will be gobbled up by the entire family. It’s not intimidating to make or eat!

Mexican Macaroni from Food Opera

Mexican Macaroni

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.

Whole Roasted Chicken from The Whimsical Wife

Whole Roasted Chicken

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!

Mozzarella Cheesesteak Stromboli from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

Mozzarella Cheesesteak Stromboli

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!

Old Fashioned Goulash from Dancing Through the Rain

Old Fashioned Goulash

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.

Crockpot Chicken & Gravy from The Country Cook

Crockpot Chicken & Gravy

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.

Chicken Carnitas with Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa from The Endless Meal

Chicken Carnitas with Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa

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!

Mexican Quinoa from Andrea’s Healthy Home

Mexican Quinoa

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.

Banana Nut Oatmeal from Freebie Finding Mom

Banana Nut Oatmeal

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.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Freebie Finding Mom

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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.

BBQ Chicken Bake from The Pinning Momma

BBQ Chicken Bake

Usually chicken is a family’s favorite because it’s a “safe” meat for the kiddos. So, learning new ways to make it fun is a must. This BBQ chicken bake will jazz up that chicken quickly and easily.

Greek Flatbread from Sunshine & Hurricanes

Greek Flatbread

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!

Tomato Avocado Melts from Tastes Better From Scratch

Tomato Avocado Melts

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 from Love Grows Wild

Biscuits and Gravy

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.