5 Simple Budget Family Meals I Prepared For Family This Week

Cassandra Smet
by Cassandra Smet

Hi friends! I cook dinner for my family every day, so if you are looking for quick family meals on a budget, I got you. Here are five budget family meals that I prepared for my family within a week.

Budget fish dinner

1. Fish with veggies & salad

One of my favorite budget-friendly family meals is fish since it is so easy and quick to cook. I baked salmon with salt and pepper, butter, and lemon juice.

As an alternative fish for those in my house who are not fond of salmon, I also cooked mahi-mahi using the same method. In addition, I roasted potatoes and carrots on a sheet pan, topping potatoes with cheese and carrots with brown sugar.

Finally, I added Caesar salad that I made with a Caesar salad kit from Aldi, except I did not use the dressing.

Beef stew with mashed potatoes

2. Beef stew

Tonight we are having beef stew that I prepared in my crock pot. I started preparing it in the morning, putting in beef stock, a whole two-pound package of beef tips, four or five carrots (peeled and diced), and two small onions.

I also threw in a handful of dehydrated celery from my garden. I thickened the gravy with a little bit of flour at the end. We are eating the beef stew on top of mashed potatoes.

We are going to eat the leftover stew tomorrow as well, and whatever is left after that I am going to freeze. I also baked some bread to go along with it.

Cheese quesadillas

3. Cheese quesadillas

This one is definitely one of the quickest and simplest ones. I made six cheese quesadillas, cut each one into four pieces, and set it on the table along with homemade salsa, sour cream, and tortilla triangles.

We are also going to finish off some leftover corn. This is my easy night of the week.

Shrimp Alfredo with garlic bread

4. Shrimp Alfredo

Today I made Alfredo with some shrimp. I also upgraded the homemade bread from a couple of days ago with butter, garlic salt, and mozzarella cheese, turning it into cheesy garlic bread.

Finally, I steamed green beans in the microwave and again used the Aldi Caesar salad kit to make a salad with the dressing on the side.

Turkey pot pie

5. Turkey pot pie

One of my freezers has broken recently, and I could not freeze my turkey until Thanksgiving, so I had to roast a whole turkey. I roasted it, shredded it, picked it clean, and then froze most of it again.

However, some of it I used for dinner tonight: I am making pot pies, using crusts that I got from Aldi. Now, I put coconut oil on the bottom of my Dutch oven and threw in an onion, one small potato, two carrots, and a couple of handfuls of frozen peas.

I topped it off with shredded turkey, then scraped off some drippings off the bottom of the turkey and thickened it with some flour, creating gravy for my pot pies.

Budget family meals

I hope you enjoyed these five simple family meals on a budget, and are going to try some of them at home. Let me know in the comments how it goes!

Join the conversation
2 of 6 comments
  • Elizabeth Atkins Elizabeth Atkins on Apr 15, 2023

    Maybe some vegetarian options? Meat is expensive. Beans are not. I buy a 10 lb bag of pinto beans, hydrate and season in a slow cooker, and it makes tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas at a fraction of the price canned refried beans are.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Apr 22, 2023

    Would you please share your bread recipe? Thanks