Frugal Family Recipes

Cooking Great Meals for The Family on a Budget!

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I know it's not always easy planning nice meals on a budget, but living on hot dogs and macaroni and cheese is NOT an option either.  That's why I've been sharing my own frugal recipes with our readers since we started in 2001 (see Frugal Family Recipes Cookbook), along with our readers' favorite frugal recipes and newly adapted restaurant favorites here at at  Our recipes are easy to prepare, easy on the budget and so tasty that children usually give them a thumbs up.  I'm not promising that your kids will love every single recipe, but there is hope!

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Protein Smoothies at BetterBudgeting


Breakfast Burrito
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothies (Just Like Starbucks!)
Cranberry Raisin Granola
Frugally Delicious French Toast
Healthy Banana Muffins
Homemade Donuts
Homemade Pancakes
Monkey Bread
More Tips for Monkey Bread
Oatmeal Tips and Variations, More Oatmeal & Fruit Variations
Quick Biscuit Mix
Spice Pancakes

Crunchy Tilapia Recipe at - Delicious!


All-in-One Box Dinners

Baked Chicken and Rice

Baked Macaroni and Cheese (or Creamy Macaroni and Cheese)

Baked Potato Soup
Barbecue Cups
Barbeque Cups, 2
Beef and Rice Casserole
Beefy Mac and Cheese
Bubble Pizza
Cheesy Potatoes
Chicken and Rice, or Egg Noodles
Chili Cheese Cornbread
Chili Fries (or Tots)
Chili Tacos
Classic Baked Penne Casserole
Chicken and Yellow Rice
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chick Parmesan - Veggie Version of Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Vegetable Soup - 30 Bowls

Chuck Wagon Dinner

Corn Dogs
Crock-Pot Baked Beans, 2 Recipes
Crock-Pot Barbeque Chicken with Corn on the Cob

Crock-Pot Beef Wraps

Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff
Crock-Pot Cubed Steak and Beans

Crock-Pot Roast and Leftover Pot Pie

Crock-Pot Tuna Casserole
Easy Chicken Wraps
Easy Stroganoff
Fast and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Fish: Crunchy Tilapia
Fish: Blackened Trout
Green Pepper Casserole
Ground Bologna Sandwiches
Good Soup

Ham & Cheese Biscuit Roll Ups

Hamburger Casserole

Holiday Roasted Turkey
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Vegetable Soup
Italian Meatballs
Joyce's Bean Barbeque
King's Dish
Larry's Macaroni Salad
Linguini with White Clam Sauce
Meatball Mania
Mexican Dinner
Mushroom Ham Fettuccine
No-Cheese Burritos

Noodle Soup

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup

Open Face Sandwiches
Porcupine Balls
Pork Chops with Sauerkraut

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Pancakes

Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

Ramen Veggie Soup
Red Beans and Rice
Shepherd's Pie Recipes
Southern Green Beans

Smashed Potatoes

Spaghetti Alfredo with Crab and Broccoli

Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables
Summer Pasta Salad
Surprise Mexican Soup

Taco Hash Browns

Taco Soup
Taco Squares
Tater-Tot Casserole
Teriyaki Sauce & Stir-Fry

Twice Baked Potatoes

Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry
Winter Warmer Vegetable Soup
Whatever Soup
Yankee Tuna Salad

Easy Baked Apples Recipes at

Desserts & Misc:

Apple Crisp

Apples and Peanut Butter Dip

Brownies, Lush and Easy
Butter Biscuits or Rolls
Cake Mix Cookies
Caramel Millionaire's Shortbread

Dream Salad

Easter Bunny Cake

Easy Pie Crust
Edible Flowers
Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops
Frozen Gourmet Cookie Dough
Herbed Carrots
Homemade Tarter Sauce
Irish Potato Candy
Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Filling
Mozzarella Puffs
Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Play Dough

Pistachio Salad/Dessert

Poor Man's Candy - Peanut Butter/Potato Candy

Pumpkin Pie
Smore's Cookie Bars
Waldorf Salad

Traditional Southern Sweet Tea Recipe by Frugal Family Recipes


Homemade Lemonade
Hot Mulled Cider
Southern Sweet Tea (& Sugar-Free)


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