25 Cheap Dinners for a Family (easy and healthy recipes)


You don’t have to sacrifice your budget when you want to cook a healthy meal.

These are our favorite cheap dinner ideas that the whole family will love! From speedy skillet meals to 20-minute sheet pan recipes, these easy dinner ideas will become your go-to.

cheap meals for a family (budget friendly dinner recipes and meal ideas)

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    Lemon Garlic Chicken Sheet Pan

    Chicken and asparagus are roasted in a bath of lemon-garlic oil. Infused with rich flavor, every bite is tender, bright, and juicy.

    Crispy Skin Chicken and Mushrooms

    Roast your chicken in a pool of creamy, garlic mushroom sauce. This one-pot meal is both beginner friendly and offers easy clean up. If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea or a quick chicken recipe, this is the healthy meal for you!

    Chipotle Burrito Bowl Copy Cat

    This restaurant-inspired Chipotle bowl features tender chicken and sautéed veggies, layered over a bed of cauliflower rice for an easy, low-carb meal you can feel good about. 

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    Recipes in the image above:

    1 – HIDDEN Veggie Pasta – Your kids (and/or partner) won’t notice that this pasta dish is FILLED with vegetables! >>> Get the Recipe

    2 – Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan – chicken and a veggie of your choosing is all baked on ONE PAN! >>> Get the Recipe

    3 – Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Wings – these air fryer wings are an excellent weeknight dinner because they are quick and easy, perfect for those busy nights! >>> Get the Recipe

    4 – Healthier Mac and Cheese – this mac and cheese tastes as good as the real thing, but there’s less cheese in it! We’ve replaced some of the cheese with pumpkin to make this recipe healthier and more filling! >>> Get the Recipe

    One Pot Cherry Tomato + Garlic Pasta

    This low-carb tomato and garlic pasta combines simple ingredients in one pot for rich, creamy comfort food that’s full of warm, savory flavors and nutrients. 

    Easy Pasta Recipes with Few Ingredients for Weeknight Dinners

    Recipe >>> Tomato Garlic Pasta

    White Chicken Chili Crockpot

    High-protein, healthy white chicken chili? Yes, find out how you can make this hearty recipe with just 5 minutes of prep work thanks to the crockpot!

    Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Crispy on the outside, juicy in the center, and flavored with a savory, zesty lemon garlic seasoning, these air fryer chicken wings are the perfect appetizer, side dish, or main course. 

    Healthy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

    Learn how to make a lightened-up version of everyone’s favorite comfort food with this low-carb pumpkin mac and cheese! Featuring natural ingredients, it’s a nutritious dish you’ll look forward to sinking your fork into.

    Homemade healthy Mac and cheese (Easy Mac and cheese for clean eating stop top)

    Simple Pesto Chicken (3 simple ingredients)

    Take the stress out of weeknight dinner and meal prep with this 3-ingredient pesto chicken! The best sheet pan recipe, it’s a hands-off recipe that pairs perfectly will all your favorite sides for a meal everyone will love.

    Hidden Veggie Pasta

    This pasta sauce is nearly 100% veggies, but you wouldn’t know it based on the taste. Add some garlic, salt, and vinegar to a pan of roasted vegetables, blend them together, and you get creamy, savory pasta sauce. Even a picky eater can indulge in Hidden Veggie Pasta! 

    Healthy Pasta Recipe (veggie filled dinners with gluten free pasta)

    RECIPE >>> Healthy Hidden Vegetable Pasta

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    Chipotle Chicken Stew

    Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of chipotle chicken stew? Top it off with all your favorite fixings for a hearty, filling meal you can feel good about!

    Homemade Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe! Cheap Chicken Dinner For a Family.

    RECIPE >>> Chipotle Chicken Soup

    Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings

    Healthy air fryer crispy chicken wings? Yes! Find out how you can make a nutritious version of this classic appetizer in minutes right from your own home.

    Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings! Cheap Dinner On a Budget.

    RECIPE >>> Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Chili Garlic Oil Noodles

    Who knew chili garlic oil noodles were so quick to make? And they can be healthy? Make a batch for a low-carb comfort food you can enjoy all week!

    Homemade Asian Garlic Noodle Recipe! Cheap Chili Garlic Oil Recipe.

    RECIPE >>> Chili Garlic Oil Noodles

    Avocado Pesto Pasta

    Who knew avocado pesto was so easy to make? And it’s healthy? Make a big batch in minutes to add flavor to pasta, chicken, and more!

    Homemade and Healthy Avocado Basil Pesto Recipe! Healthy Dinner on a Budget.

    RECIPE >>> Creamy Avocado Pesto

    Spiraled Cucumber Salad

    Say goodbye to bland, boring salads with this easy spiraled cucumber salad recipe! Featuring crisp veggies, a tangy Asian-inspired dressing, and topped with crunchy peanuts and sesame seeds, it’s the perfect balance of flavors and textures to make your tastebuds sing.

    Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe! Healthy Cheap Lunch Idea.

    RECIPE >>> Spiral Cucumber Salad

    Starbucks Egg Bites (Bacon)

    Our homemade take on a fast food favorite. These Starbucks Egg Bites feature fluffy eggs, savory flavors, and a hint of smokiness. It’s a high-protein breakfast (or dinner) you can meal-prep (and you’ll look forward to eating it). 

    Starbucks Copycat Egg Bites! Healthy Cheap Meal Prep.

    RECIPE >>> Starbucks Egg Bites

    Cucumber Sweet Pepper Salad with Air Fried Salmon

    This salad proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland or boring. Crisp vegetables, tender, flakey salmon, and a tangy ginger dressing combine to create a nutritious, filling meal you’ll look forward to eating!

    Tiktok Viral Cucumber and Pepper Salad Recipe (An Easy Healhy Salad Recipe with Salmon for Clean Eating)

    RECIPE >>> Cucumber Sweet Pepper Salad with Air Fried Salmon

    Meal Prep Salad Jars with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

    Crisp zucchini, juicy cherry tomatoes, and sweet mini bell peppers mingle with tangy feta crumbles and crunchy sliced almonds. The zesty dijon dressing ties everything together, making each bite feel refreshing and invigorating. This is the ultimate summer salad!

    Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipe! Cheap Meal Prep Idea

    RECIPE >>> Meal Prep Salad Jars with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

    Healthy Sushi Waffle (Salmon)

    This recipe features a cheesy low-carb waffle topped with classic, savory sushi toppings, and a creamy sriracha mayo sauce that packs a punch of heat. Enjoy this unique fusion of flavors and cuisines.

    Quick and Easy Tiktok food recipe! Waffle Maker Sushi Rice.

    RECIPE >>> Healthy Sushi Waffle (Salmon)

    Pizza Casserole

    This low-carb pizza casserole satisfies any and all cravings for deep-dish pizza: golden crust, gooey cheese, classic pizza spices, and your favorite toppings. Made from natural ingredients, this pizza is a meal you can feel good about. 

    Healthy Pizza Recipes for Clean Eating (Simple Pizza Casserole Recipe For Dinner)

    RECIPE >>> Pizza Casserole

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