This Week's 7 Budget Recipes for Dinner

Al's Epic Family Life
by Al's Epic Family Life

I cook for my family every day, which means I have accumulated some great budget recipes for dinner. Today I want to share what my family ate for dinner over the past week. These are seven budget-friendly family meals you can easily make at home.

Mini chicken pot pies


On Sunday night, we had some mini chicken pot pies. I am not sharing the recipe this time, but they were really good, so stay tuned.


On Monday night, we had BLT sandwiches with some Pasta Roni shells and white cheddar. I made two boxes according to the package directions, and it was so good.


Taco Tuesday! We made fish tacos for this dinner, and I used a recipe from offline for the slaw and the fish. 

Making homemade slaw

The night before, or at least the morning of dinner, start with the slaw. First, stir together the mayo, lime juice, garlic powder, honey, pepper, and salt. Pour the dressing onto the cabbage and carrots and toss. Set that in the fridge until the evening.

For the fish, you will need lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and olive oil.

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use cooking spray. Lay the thawed fish on the paper. Rub the fish with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.

In a small bowl, stir together the seasonings and sprinkle them all over the fish on both sides. Then top the fish off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Baking fish for tacos

Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-14 minutes. For extra-crispy fish tacos, switch the oven to “broil” for the last 2 minutes of baking time.

Baked fish

This is what it looked like. The tray got a little burnt, but we had corn and duros to go along with it. It was really good.

BLT wraps with fried potatoes


Wednesday night, we had BLT wraps with some fried potatoes. My family loves whenever we have wraps or sandwiches because if they don't like what we're putting on it, such as bacon or lettuce or tomato, they can change it to whatever they want, like PB and J, lunchmeat, or grilled cheese. It works out really well.

Mini corn dog muffins with tater tots


Thursday night we had mini corn dog muffins with tater tots, and they were super delicious. Stay tuned for these as well as the mini chicken pot pies.


On Friday night, we made something called “pizza footballs”, which are very similar to calzones.

Making pizza footballs with crescent rolls

Take two crescent rolls, put one on the bottom, put some pepperoni, onions and cheese, and put the top one on. 

How to make "pizza footballs"

Go around it with a fork and then cut little slits on top. Bake it for the baking time recommended on the crescent package. 

Pizza pockets with marinara sauce on the side

We made some marinara sauce on the side, and it was very good.


On Saturday night, I made beef and cabbage, with a few other veggies, too. Cook the beef for 2.5 hours in the Instant Pot prior to the veggies going in. 

Cooking veggies in the Instant Pot

For the veggies, use beef bouillon, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. 

Beef and cabbage

Then put the beef on top and cook it for seven more minutes. 

Budget recipes for dinner

It turned out delicious.

Budget recipes for dinner

Those are the seven cheap family dinners I made at home this week. Which one did you like best? Do you have any dinner ideas on a budget you would like to share? Feel free to leave a comment down below!

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