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


bulletBreakfast Burrito
bulletChocolate Banana Protein Smoothies (Just Like Starbucks!)
bulletCranberry Raisin Granola
bulletFrugally Delicious French Toast
bulletHealthy Banana Muffins
bulletHomemade Donuts
bulletHomemade Pancakes
bulletMonkey Bread
bulletMore Tips for Monkey Bread
bulletOatmeal Tips and Variations, More Oatmeal & Fruit Variations
bulletQuick Biscuit Mix
bulletSpice Pancakes

Crunchy Tilapia Recipe at - Delicious!



All-in-One Box Dinners


Baked Chicken and Rice


Baked Macaroni and Cheese (or Creamy Macaroni and Cheese)

bulletBaked Potato Soup
bulletBarbecue Cups
bulletBarbeque Cups, 2
bulletBeef and Rice Casserole
bulletBeefy Mac and Cheese
bulletBubble Pizza
bulletCheesy Potatoes
bulletChicken and Rice, or Egg Noodles
bulletChili Cheese Cornbread
bulletChili Fries (or Tots)
bulletChili Tacos
bulletClassic Baked Penne Casserole
bulletChicken and Yellow Rice
bulletChicken Noodle Casserole
bulletChick Parmesan - Veggie Version of Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Vegetable Soup - 30 Bowls


Chuck Wagon Dinner

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

Crock-Pot Beef Wraps

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

Crock-Pot Roast and Leftover Pot Pie

bulletCrock-Pot Tuna Casserole
bulletEasy Chicken Wraps
bulletEasy Stroganoff
bulletFast and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
bullet Fish: Crunchy Tilapia
bullet Fish: Blackened Trout
bulletGreen Pepper Casserole
bulletGround Bologna Sandwiches
bulletGood Soup

Ham & Cheese Biscuit Roll Ups


Hamburger Casserole

bulletHoliday Roasted Turkey
bulletHomemade Chicken Noodle Soup
bulletHomemade Vegetable Soup
bulletItalian Meatballs
bulletJoyce's Bean Barbeque
bulletKing's Dish
bulletLarry's Macaroni Salad
bulletLinguini with White Clam Sauce
bullet Meatball Mania
bulletMexican Dinner
bulletMushroom Ham Fettuccine
bulletNo-Cheese Burritos

Noodle Soup


Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup

bulletOpen Face Sandwiches
bulletPorcupine Balls
bulletPork Chops with Sauerkraut

Potato Gnocchi

bulletPotato Pancakes

Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

bulletRamen Veggie Soup
bulletRed Beans and Rice
bulletShepherd's Pie Recipes
bulletSouthern Green Beans

Smashed Potatoes


Spaghetti Alfredo with Crab and Broccoli

bulletStir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables
bulletSummer Pasta Salad
bulletSurprise Mexican Soup

Taco Hash Browns

bulletTaco Soup
bulletTaco Squares
bulletTater-Tot Casserole
bulletTeriyaki Sauce & Stir-Fry

Twice Baked Potatoes

bulletVeggie Noodle Stir-Fry
bulletWinter Warmer Vegetable Soup
bulletWhatever Soup
bulletYankee Tuna Salad

Easy Baked Apples Recipes at

Desserts & Misc:

bulletApple Crisp

Apples and Peanut Butter Dip

bulletBrownies, Lush and Easy
bulletButter Biscuits or Rolls
bulletCake Mix Cookies
bulletCaramel Millionaire's Shortbread

Dream Salad


Easter Bunny Cake

bulletEasy Pie Crust
bulletEdible Flowers
bulletFrozen Chocolate Banana Pops
bulletFrozen Gourmet Cookie Dough
bulletHerbed Carrots
bulletHomemade Tarter Sauce
bulletIrish Potato Candy
bulletMardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Filling
bullet Mini-Marshmallows
bulletMozzarella Puffs
bulletPeanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Play Dough

bulletPistachio Salad/Dessert

Poor Man's Candy - Peanut Butter/Potato Candy

bulletPumpkin Pie
bulletSmore's Cookie Bars
bulletWaldorf Salad

Traditional Southern Sweet Tea Recipe by Frugal Family Recipes


bulletHomemade Lemonade
bulletHot Mulled Cider
bulletSouthern Sweet Tea (& Sugar-Free)


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