Whether you need an entree for a school night, unexpected guests, or just a busy weeknight, these cheap and easy weeknight meals will save you time and money.
Quick meal options like these are perfect for 3 weeks of meal planning, with the last recipe yielding 5 meals for the family. 5 meals from one protein? Yup. You read that right.
Easy Meals For Busy Families
When we became a family of 4, I knew I’d have to get it together when it came to weeknight dinners. I needed meals that were easy to make, quick, and delicious enough that everyone would eat them. A tall task, but this collection of recipes really helped.
20 Cheap and Easy Weeknight Meals
You also have to love recipes that can be made in a cast iron skillet. We have a few of those below. Check the 20+ cheap meals we mention, and feel free to add your favorite cheap and easy weeknight meals in the comments below.
Garlic Creamy Pesto Pasta (with no cream!)
Or, Stretch A Roast Chicken Dinner into 7 meals! This is one of my go-to secret weapons during a busy week. I follow the formula in this post, and are able to make easy weeknight meals all the way until Friday.
21 Cheap and Easy Meals For 3 Weeks Worth of Dinners
Now that you have a full list of 21 meals to make, this is the perfect time to create a meal plan for the next 3 weeks! You can plug each of these meals on the appropriate dates, and even create your shopping list from the ingredients.
Another bonus would be to add in the dates you plan to eat out (if any). Once you add those scheduled dinners out, you may end up with a whole month of meals!
Put This Meal List In Constant Rotation
These cheap and easy weeknight meals are in constant rotation in our home, and we love that all of them are kid-friendly meals, as well. We’re planning to teach out oldest kiddo how to make most of these, so he can start tackling these recipes.
Take Care of Cheap Breakfasts Too
Why stop at dinners? If you need cheap breakfast ideas, we created a list of over 100 for you to try. If you add these to your meal plan, you’ll have breakfast ideas for the next 3 months.