Here is a 7 Day Meal Plan for a family of 4 that you can make for as little as $25! This includes cheap, quick and easy family meals great for families with kids. These meals are easy to make and you’ll also find easy and tasty recipes!
7 Day Meal Plan for $25: Cheap, Quick And Easy Family Meals
Here is a cheap family meal plan with a grocery list for a family of 4! Even if you don’t know how to meal plan, we’ve made it super easy for you! This post contains easy family dinner ideas and easy recipes to go with the daily meal plans. You can feel free to adjust this meal plan to your family’s taste, but if you’re concerned about the cost, be sure to consider the cost of the individual substitutions.
7 Day Meal Plan:
B – Breakfast egg burritos
L – BLT Sandwiches with 1/4 can peaches
D – Cheeseburger Rolls with tossed salad (pg 182)
S – Peanut butter cookies (pg 279)
B – Pancakes with 1/4 lb. Bacon
L – Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches served with 1 lb. bananas or celery sticks
D – Hamburger Gravy on Toast with green beans (pg 228)
S – Peanut butter cookies (pg 279)
B – Mom’s Sweet Muffins with added banana (pg 56)
L – Cheese Quesadillas with 1/2 can fruit cocktail
D – Japanese Goulash with bacon (omit carrot add chopped celery) (pg 151)
S – Peanut butter on celery
B – Eggs and Toast
L – Macaroni and cheese with 1/2 can fruit cocktail
D – Beef Tacos with salsa, chopped lettuce and cheese (pg 194)
S – Leftover peanut butter cookies
B – Mom’s Sweet Muffins
L – Bacon Bean Soup (pg 112) And Cornbread
D – Leftovers with salad
S – Leftovers – cookies, muffins, peanut butter with celery or bananas
B – Egg and cheese omelette
L – Potato cakes made with mashed potatoes
D – Beef Enchiladas with shredded lettuce
S – Banana cake (pg 228)
B – Cinnamon Toast
L – Macaroni and cheese
D – Baked Potatoes with 1/4 lb. bacon
S – Leftover snacks
Shopping List For The 7 Day Meal Plan:
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 package flour tortillas (not burrito size)
- 1 loaf of bread
- 2 dozen eggs
- 1 package cheddar or Colby cheese
- 1 jar of salsa
- Head of iceberg lettuce
- 1 can peaches
- 1 can fruit cocktail
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can ranch style beans
- 2 boxes macaroni and cheese
- 5 lb. bag of potatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 2 lbs. bananas
Total Cost: $25 The meal plan prices are calculated using Aldi prices. If you don’t have access to an Aldi store, add $5-$10.
This meal plan assumes you have these basic items in your pantry:
Baking supplies, peanut butter, jelly, spices, and fats. Add $5 more if you don’t.
Recipes For This Meal Plan:
Cheeseburger Rolls Recipe
1 batch ninety minute roll dough
1/4 lb. hamburger
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
salt and pepper (to taste)
cheddar cheese, grated
Make ninety minute roll dough. Roll into twelve 3-inch circles*. In a saucepan, brown hamburger. Drain. Add onion salt, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Put 1 tablespoon hamburger mixture and 1 tablespoon of cheese in the center of the 6 circles. Then press another circle on top and seal the edges. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown).
*or if you don’t want to roll out circles you can make one long rectangle and just put the mixture on it and then just roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls. Then just carefully put the entire loaf on a baking sheet and bake.
This easy omelette recipe is delicious and easy to adjust to your taste! Homemade omelettes are a super tasty and healthy breakfast treat, but you don’t have to spend a lot to eat out to get this yummy breakfast item! Here’s our easy recipe!
How To Make An Omelette – Easy Omelette Recipe
salt and pepper (to taste)
olive oil or other cooking oil (optional)
Fillings of your choice, up to 5 Tbsp. combined of the following:
bacon or bacon bits
ham, or other lunch meat, sliced small
sliced black olives
chopped green onion, white onion or red onion
bell peppers or other peppers
any other meat, cheese or veggie ingredient that sounds good to you
Gather the filling ingredients you intend to use. Slice or chop each ingredient and put in separate bowls or in separate piles on a plate.
Crack eggs into a measuring cup or bowl. Scramble lightly with a fork. Add salt and pepper.
Make sure all of your ingredients are prepared before heating the pan and that you have a wide spatula (food flipper). Heat non-stick frying pan on medium high heat for 2 minutes. If you like, you can add a small amount of oil to make sure the omelette will not stick to the pan.
When the pan is heated, pour the egg mixture into the frying pan. Watch carefully as it will cook quickly.
As the edges of the egg begin to stiffen, quickly add each of the desired filling ingredients.
As the eggs cook, they will get less runny. When the edges of the eggs pull away from the pan slightly and the eggs are less runny in the middle, carefully slip the spatula under one side of the eggs and fillings and fold it over the other half. Reduce heat and let it cook a little more to seal the omelette closed. Continue cooking until the eggs are as cooked as you desire, flipping the omelette over after it seals if you’d like to cook the other side more.
Don’t overcook the omelette or it will get dried out.
Using the spatula, slide the omelette out of the pan onto a plate. Garnish with some of the remaining filling ingredients to make it pretty. Cheese, olives, onions and tomatoes make nice garnish toppings.
Serve right away.
You can make this recipe with 3 eggs or 1 egg if you prefer a larger or smaller omelette.
If you plan to make more than one omelette, prepare all of the filling ingredients in advance. After cooking the first omelette, remove the pan from the heat for a moment to let it cool slightly. If the pan gets too hot, the eggs will begin sticking to it and will be more difficult to turn.
If something goes wrong and you don’t manage to keep the omelette together while you’re flipping it, you can still serve it. If you don’t like how it looks, you can quickly break it up as with scrambled eggs and turn it into “ranchero eggs”. ;-)
This easy homemade enchiladas recipe is one of Mike’s favorite recipes! It’s in the top 3! It’s in volume 1 of our cookbook.
If you need a meal that is quick and easy to prepare this is one of my go to recipes! Of course you can make it easier by using Mexican cheese and just sprinkle some onion and garlic powder inside and it’s even quicker.
You can mix and match this recipe any way you want. Just put some shredded leftover beef or chicken in for beef or chicken enchiladas or add green peppers, cilantro anything you would like for you taste. Easy and adaptable for every family!
Easy Homemade Enchiladas Recipe
6-8 tortillas, warmed
1 cup Cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 can of enchilada sauce or homemade (see below)
Heat oven to 350°. Mix Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, onion and garlic. Place enchilada sauce in a bowl. Dip 1 tortilla into sauce. Place in greased 9×9 inch pan. Spoon about 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and tuck in ends; place seam sides down. Repeat with the rest of tortillas. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake covered until cheese is melted and bubbly (about 40 minutes). Serves 4.
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
5 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt (more to taste)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
Combine all ingredients in saucepan, mixing well. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Makes 2 cups.
This best homemade sweet muffins recipe makes moist, sweet and delicious muffins! It is our most favorite muffins recipe! Our family loves them and your family and friends are sure to love them, too!
Mom’s Best Homemade Sweet Muffins Recipe
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 cups flour
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. The batter will be slightly lumpy. Place 2/3 full in greased muffin tins or muffin tins lined with papers. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.
This easy homemade pancakes recipe takes about 15 minutes to make and everyone loves them! These pancakes are a staple at our house and your family will love them too!
Easy Homemade Pancakes Recipe
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups flour, all-purpose or wheat
5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
In a bowl, mix ingredients just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Mixture will be thick and lumpy. Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat and lightly grease. Cook on a hot greased griddle. Flip when bubbles break on the surface and the edges begin to dry. Makes 15-18 medium pancakes.
This old fashioned peanut butter cookies recipe is the homemade cookies recipe my great grandma and grandma made!These cookies are super delicious and easy to make and your family will love them! You can find this recipe in volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.
This peanut butter cookies recipe calls for a few more ingredients than the 4ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe but don’t be afraid to try it. These cookies are nice and fluffy and it’s not any more work to mix them up.
Give these old fashioned peanut butter cookies a try! They’re just like grandma’s– OK, they ARE grandma’s, so everyone will rave about your cookies, too!
Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Cream shortening and sugars. Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and dry ingredients. Stir until well blended.
Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork dipped in flour. Turn fork 90 degrees and make another fork print for the design. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until brown. Make 6-8 dozen.
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- Shop your pantry, fridge and freezer first!
- Meal Plan, Meal Plan, Meal Plan, Meal Plan.
- Choose in-season produce.
- Shop at Aldi (or another discount store)
- Shop mostly once a month.
- Buy meat (and other items) in bulk.
- Eat meatless meals 1-2 times a week.
- Meat is rarely the “star” of dinner.
- 1.) Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This one's a bit obvious, but PB&J is a classic staple and a REALLY simple meal. ...
- 2.) Pasta and jarred sauce. ...
- 3.) Bean and cheese burritos. ...
- 4.) Pancakes/waffles. ...
- 5.) Grilled cheese sandwiches. ...
- 6.) Chili cheese dogs. ...
- 7.) Sloppy Joes. ...
- 8.) Goulash.
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
- Hearty Baked Penne Pasta.
- Tasty Taco Bar.
- Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere.
- Killer Carnitas.
- Chicken Spaghetti.
- Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders.
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos.
- Sprout Your Veggies. The first thing we do to feed our family at no real expense each month is we grow a large garden each year. ...
- Pick Your Fruit. ...
- Raise Your Protein. ...
- Trade. ...
- Use Your Animal's Byproducts. ...
- Can It! ...
- Grow Your Own Herbs. ...
- Raise Natural Sweetener.
One of these meals was called the Poor Man's Meal. It combined potatoes, onions, and hot dogs into one hearty, inexpensive dish, which was perfect for the hard times people had fallen on.
- Breakfast: Cheerios with milk and a banana, plus the free coffee I get from my office.
- Mid-morning snack: Granola bar or orange.
- Lunch: Whole wheat pasta dressed up with butter and salt.
- Dinner: Fried eggs, a side of rice, and a glass of milk.
- BBQ Beef, Pork or Chicken Sandwiches with Chips (My Favorite recipe here)
- Nacho Bar.
- Taco Bar (Doritos Taco Bowls are fun!)
- Baked Potato Bar (Try Making Baked Potatoes in your Crockpot)
- Chili with Frito's & Cheese.
- Homemade Soup Bar (try this Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Recipe)
The cheapest food to cater is any rice or noodle-based cultural cuisine. Mexican, Indian, and Thai dishes are delicious and affordable. Or, if you're hosting an event during the day, serve brunch and breakfast items.
- Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes. ...
- Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet. ...
- 5-Ingredient Family-Friendly Baked Potato Soup. ...
- French Onion Frittata. ...
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala. ...
- Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Meatballs. ...
- One-Pot BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls. ...
- Tomato Tortellini Soup.
So come and click through to see the top 15 family meals as voted by you...
- Roast dinners.
- Casserole. ...
- Spaghetti Bolognese. ...
- Pasta. ...
- Curry. ...
- Jacket potatoes. ...
- Cottage pie. ...
- Sausage and mash. ...
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- Brown rice.
- Chuck roast.
- Corn tortillas.
Try increasing your use of eggs, beans, seeds, frozen fruits and vegetables, cheaper cuts of meat, and whole grains. These all taste great, are cheap (especially in bulk), and are very nutritious. Incorporating more inexpensive yet nutrient-rich foods into your daily routine will help you save money and eat well.
- Ensure you have food for three-four weeks.
- Negotiate all payments you have to make and ask for a 'payment holiday'.
- Apply to all emergency money schemes for which you are eligible.
- Keep yourself clean, tidy, and presentable.
- Start earning money; fast.
- Try a hot dog bar. Hot dogs as well as their condiments can be quite inexpensive. ...
- Get budget savvy with salads. ...
- Opt for bone in meat. ...
- Pile on the pizzas. ...
- Use what is in season. ...
- Always serve buffet style. ...
- Opt for drink mixes.
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You can store canned meats, canned fish, canned fruits, and canned vegetables and they are cheap with a reliable storage shelf life. For canned meats and fish, we recommend 50 pounds of food per person. This will give you at least one pound per week for meals and should be plenty to last you for an entire year.
How to Feed Your Family Healthy Meals on a Tight Budget - YouTube