Meal planning sometimes feels harder than a giant calculus equation. Figuring out how to make a family meal plan that is great for picky eaters doesn’t break the bank, and isn’t the same ol’ boring thing is a lot of moving parts to handle. So we’re here to make it easier for you with seven complete family meals under $20. If you have a bigger family, that’s a whole week of planning meals handled for you. Or if you can use leftovers for a few days, maybe you can even get two weeks out of these ideas. Try these family meal plan ideas and say goodbye to stressful Sundays trying to figure out what the heck to make for dinner.
Five ingredients. 40 minutes. No, you aren’t dreaming — this super-simple baked pasta might even cost you less than $10 if you can find ground beef on sale, since both pasta and CLASSICO tomato sauce are also affordable and tasty pantry staples.
Pork shoulder is the unsung hero of the meat case. It is known mostly for making pulled pork sandwiches, but this tough inexpensive cut of meat can also be utilized in other dishes and flavor profiles, though it needs time to become fall-apart tender. We love this noodle takeout-style dish because the pork can be made in a pressure cooker in an hour, versus the six to eight hours it would normally take to braise in the oven.
Say “aloha” to this flavorful and easy one-skillet dinner. Pineapple adds sweetness and helps tenderize the meat, and red and yellow peppers add color to help entice kids to get excited about this sweet and savory dish.
Wrap up these foil packets of flounder (or any other flaky white fish you find on sale at a similar thickness, like tilapia) with an Italian twist. All you need is spinach, KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette, and chive and onion PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese for a tasty and budget-friendly fish dinner.
This set-it-and-forget-it meal utilizes inexpensive ingredients like boneless skinless chicken breasts (when have you ever not seen them on sale?) and frozen corn. Mix seven ingredients together in the slow cooker and come home to a great family meal.
This humble beef stew uses affordable beef round steak cubes, which get tender in an hour simmering with potatoes and aromatics. It also reheats well — just store the noodles separately so they don’t soak up all the liquid.
Pasta is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, and this baked dish is packed with protein from lots of chicken, hidden healthy spinach, and multigrain pasta. And, oh yeah, three kinds of cheese — a must for any family meal plan!