If you’re on a tight budget and want to please fussy kids, check out these easy recipes for family meals that won’t cost the earth.
When your weekly budget is stretched and noses are turned up at everything you serve, finding the motivation to come up with meal ideas can be a challenge.
To make life easier, we’ve compiled our picks of easy family dinners that are guaranteed to please even the fussiest of eaters and save your hip pocket at the same time.
Pasta might seem like an obvious choice when it comes to cheap family meals, but its a tried and tested staple. If you want to put a more creative spin on a classic spaghetti bolognese with extra veg or why not try Spaghetti Pie or keep even the pickiest child happy and give Spaghetti Nests with Meatball Eggs a go.
There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening than a bowl of wholesome and delicious soup. It’s also a great way to hide a few extra veggies and can be easily reheated for lunches or leftovers. While a simple vegetable soup is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, we also love tangy chicken soup or this pumpkin soup with a twist to keep things interesting.
We love a recipe that is easily adapted, and fried rice is the family dinner that keeps on giving. We’ve even got a fussy-child friendly fried rice recipe and cauliflower fried rice for something different. Whether you choose to keep it veggie based or prefer to add prawns or bacon, its the perfect choice as a side dish to accompany chicken or fish or a hearty main meal. Plus it is lunchbox friendly! If you want to avoid rice, try chicken noodles with vegetables or ‘purple’ noodles for something fun.
When you’re looking for a versatile recipe that can be easily paired with veggies, salad or even rice, you can’t go wrong with Sesame and Miso Glazed Chicken with Fresh and Crunchy Noodle Salad. Choose this Sweet chilli, BBQ & Honey marinade or try the delicious char-grilled flavour of this delicious dry BBQ marinade. Best of all, any leftover marinated chicken can be used as the perfect addition to a salad wrap or paired with couscous.
When you’re on a budget, waste is your worst enemy so any recipe that allows you to clear out your fridge is a winner. Get out the half-finished jar of olives, box of cherry tomatoes and bag of spinach leaves from the fridge, pop it on a pizza base or even a wrap and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner option that can be customised to suit any taste. Try this delicious potato and pumpkin pizza for something different or make this never-fail pizza dough recipe for the yummiest homemade pizza ever.
So next time you find yourself low on cash and time, try one of these easy recipes to get maximum deliciousness for minimal effort.
Do you have a go-to budget-friendly dinner recipe? Share it in the comments!