10 Frugal Meals for Large Families.

Staying on top of your spending plan while trying to feed your family can be difficult. I have put together 10 meals that will allow you to both feed your family and keep your spending plan in check.  Below are 10 delicious frugal meals that can be enjoyed any day of the week.

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1. Breakfast Casserole


This breakfast casserole can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Find the entire recipe at The Whole Dish by Amanda Finks. I have substituted a few ingredients to make it a little more frugal. Instead of using frozen hash browns I use 6 to 8 slices of white or wheat bread and layer at the bottom of the dish as my base and use one package of bacon or breakfast sausage instead of cubed ham.

2. Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole


Not only is this a ONE DISH MEAL but this is one of the quickest recipes on the list to put together. Over at Plain Chicken Stephanie Parker has put together an awesome recipe for chicken and rice. To make this recipe more frugal omit the parmesan cheese, and substitute the milk and use water instead. Double this recipe if you have a really large family they will not be disappointed.



3. Baked Potato Bar


I love baked potatoes they are simple and self-serve when it comes to cooking. On the blog Mom on a Mission, the post “Restaurant Baked Potatoes for a Crowd (DIY Potato Bar”) gives step by step instructions on how to prepare the perfect potatoes for a large crowd on a frugal budget. The recipes list several different topping you can put on your potato.  My favorite is “plain Jane,” butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon bits and green onion…yum yum!



4. Old Fashioned Goulash


If you have no idea what I am talking about then you must not be from the South because I grew up on this stuff! You can make it your own by adding things you love (my mom used to add a can of corn and shrimp) or leave out those things your family does not like. LisaJazmine of myincrediblerecipes.com got it just right and brought back so many memories for me with this recipe. Give it a try you will be glad you did, not only does it taste great it’s frugal according to what you have in your pantry. Serve alone or with rice.

5. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


Just typing those words make my mouth water…ummmm! This won’t be one of the fastest meals on the list but its still frugal and one of my favorites. There’s this cool guy by the name of Jaxx over at The Bearded Hiker,  that makes an awesome Gumbo with a roux made in the oven (the roux prep time for this recipes takes a few hours but is very simple.)  If you are looking for a delish yet quicker version try the recipe by Julia at Savory Tooth.


6. Frito Pie


The children will love this one, I know my kiddos do. Frito Pie is a super quick lunch or dinner.  Robyn Stone at Add a Pinch puts a twist on this by layering it in a baking dish and cooking it for 15 minutes.  As a kid I remember simply dumping chili and cheese directly into the Fritos chip bag, eating these and feeling joy in my mouth. Either way you prefer to enjoy it you mouth will be happy! Tip**Take it up a notch and use Fritos Chili Cheese flavored chips!



7. Red Beans & Rice


Quick, filling and yummy! Red beans and rice can be enjoyed as a side dish or a stand alone meal.  Andie from Andie Mitchell makes hers with Andouille Sausage and canned beans, to save more money use your choice of sausage, or no sausage at all and substitute canned beans for dried beans. Prep the dried beans by soaking them in cold water the night before, then prepare the them as normal (seasoned to taste) and follow Andie’s recipe to finish.

8. Burrito Casserole


What makes this dish so amazing is the prep time in under 20 minutes, now that’s a quick meal! By using frozen burritos you’ll be out of the kitchen in no time and at the dinner table. Ester Irish over at the Laugh with Us Blog has put together a simple and quick recipe for this meal, add to it or subtract from it. This recipe is a good one to make your own but stay on budget.

9. Meatball Subs (baked)


My husband loves meatball subs from a well known sandwich restaurant so we make them at home the frugal way. Home Cooking Memories has a great recipe similar to the one we use, head over and print out the recipe and make these tonight!!

10. Homemade Sloppy Joe’s


Sloppy Joe’s are fun and tasty! I love them and so does my son. Sheryl at The Cent’Able Shoppin has a great recipe that she makes for her family as well.  Sheryl’s recipe is so good you can follow her instructions from start to finish to come out with a winning dinner!


Add these recipes into your meal plan to save money, time and ingredients! Have fun cooking.  EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!

Make these dishes and let us how they turned out below.


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