Meal planning can be a challenge for every household. For those with limited budgets it can be even more challenging as you have to make the meals for yourself. I’m here to help in creating frugal, quick meal ideas for everyday family, just like my own.

What’s for Dinner?

Do you have those days where you simply cannot think of anything to make for dinner? Have you looked in the fridge and see food but none of it can actually make a meal?

Ever experienced looking into your cabinets and finding food there but nothing sounds good for dinner tonight?

This is very common! Don’t worry it’s not just you, or me, it’s everyone at some point.

Meal planning is one way to change this cycle. Instead of asking “What’s for dinner tonight?” you can simply look at your meal plan and follow through. Having already made a decision helps you to clear your mind and focus on other more important things.

Meal Ideas for Frugal Families

When you are new to meal planning coming up with a list of meals to last you an entire week or month can feel extremely overwhelming. You could search online but it’s never certain that the recipes you find are ones that your family will eat.

I’m here to help you come up with a basic list of meal ideas that can easily be adapted for every family. Simply take this list of suggested meals and use your favorite family recipe.

I hope that looking this list will help you to break through the lull and determine what it is that you want to make for you family. Good luck!!!


  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Quiche
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Smoothies (Our Ninja blender is great for this)
  • Toast
  • Yogurt
  • French Toast
  • Egg Sandwiches


  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sandwiches
  • Chicken with Knorr Rice
  • Chicken with Knorr Pasta
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Ham and Eggs
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Grilled Ham and Cheese
  • Grilled Cheese and tomato soup


  • Hamburgers
  • Lasagna ( I use left over spaghetti sauce as my Lasagna sauce too)
  • Spaghetti
  • Chicken Alfredo
  • Chicken/Turkey Gravy over Biscuits/Mashed Potatoes
  • Homemade pizza
  • Geraldine’s Hotdish (I’m including the recipe for this easy to make dinner)
  • Stew with Biscuits on top (so it looks like a Home Bake meal)
  • Chicken Soup
  • Chili
  • Flank Steak Fajitas
  • Chicken breast (fry in coconut oil with a bit of sea salt and pepper until golden)
  • Whole chicken or Chicken legs
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Tator Tot Hotdish

Get Creative with Meal

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to use these meals only during the meal time they are listed under. We will often have breakfast for dinner and our entire household loves it.

Be sure to check back often if you are in need of meal ideas. I will keep updating this as time progresses. You can never have too many meal ideas.