Weekly Family Meal Plan #36

To help me plan in a more cost-effective way I am on the lookout for some budget-friendly recipes as the cost of feeding teenagers is ridiculous and I’m striving to keep our grocery costs as low as I can.  Do you have any budget recipes you can share with me?

Find more of my meal planning tips here:


Homemade Beef Rissoles with potato and vegetables – I love a meat and 3 veg kind of meal!! And I find making my own homemade rissoles are not only tastier but also so much cheaper than store purchased rissoles.

  Find my homemade beef rissole recipe here.


Chicken Laksa –A healthy, delicious Chicken Laksa soup that not only soothes the throat but can help with the decongestion. This Chicken Laksa has a little kick that takes it a step further helping clear that blocked nose.

  Find my chicken laksa recipe here.

A healthy, delicious Chicken Laksa soup that not only soothes the throat but can help with the decongestion. This Chicken Laksa has a little kick that takes it a step further helping clear that blocked nose.


Corn and Chickpea Fritters – If your kids are chickpea-phobic, blitz them up in a hand-held food processor before adding to the mix.

  Find this corn and chickpea fritter recipe in the Vegie Smugglers eBook. 


Frozen fish and salad – fish portions from the freezer section at the grocery store.


Homemade Pizza – We really enjoy making pizza’s we all enjoy.  We make 3 for our family of 5.

  Find my homemade pizza dough recipe here


Family birthday celebrations!


Slow Cooker Mexican Salsa – This is a fabulous recipe that can make so many different things and budget friendly too!!!!  Tonight we made quick quesadillas inspired by the ideas of ladies here in our community and froze the rest.

  Find my homemade pizza dough recipe here


Double Choc Chip Cookies – These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are a double dose of chocolate goodness, taking the love of chocolate to a new level! Have them with your cuppa or a great afternoon snack for the kids.

  Find my Double Choc Chip Cookies recipe here.

What is your best budget-friendly meal?

I would truly love for you to share your weekly family meal plan in the comments below (email me photos too if you wish), I’ll pick one to share every few weeks instead of mine as it’s good to get variety and share what other families eat too!

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Jackie May 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Pasta with pesto stirred through. Great filler for after school and also entree and add garlic bread for an easy main.

Vikki Ellings May 21, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Good old potato pie… 500grms mince browned with onion finely diced. 1 tin of baked beans, cup of mixed frozen veg. Dash of Worstershire sauce. Pepper. Splash of bbq and tomato sauce. Can add garlic if needed. Simmer while potatoes boil. Boil 2 cups pasta to add to mince to make meal stretch a little further. Mash potatoes and add to top of mince, pasta.. sprinkle with cheese and grill till golden. I also use the mince on baked potatoes. Left overs, if any… good in toasted sandwiches or on toast. Dont have pic… will take one next time.
All very plain eaters in my house and two teen boys aged 15 and 18. Seems to fill the spot ?

Ashy May 25, 2018 - 10:47 AM

We love to cook sunny side up eggs with creamspinach and potatoes. If the budget is still okay we add chicken- or fishsticks. Thanks for the great article.

Farah Dyer-Steel May 25, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Your mexican dish in the slow cooker looked good but you’d need more of it for a bigger family. I used to have (used to, they’re all adults living in their own homes now) six step children and four of them were boys. Energetic boys with what I knew as having “hollow legs and a bottomless pit for a stomach”! All of the cute little meals advertised on tv would not do for our family, I needed to know how to COOK FOR THE TROOPS. We’re talking big filling meals: spaghetti bolognaise, chille con carne, tuna casserole, silverside or pickled hand of pork, the big family meatpies from Woolworths that don’t cost much but actually taste amazing (needed a few to feed our mob, naturally). A discount butcher (Freddoes in Port Macquarie) used to advertise “5 breathless chickens for $10!” and while they were only little birds, they were perfect as a single serve. Then, of course, add a whopping amount of vegetables: mashed potatoe or cabbage or cauliflower, carrot, peas, corn on the cob etc. One of the four had a seriously fast metabolism and would eat a weetbix castle of cereal upon getting home from school, dinner and then a few more rounds of sandwiches after that as I only made sweets on weekends. Oh yes, soups in winter were also popular, pea and ham with a big ham hock in it or vegetable soup with some lamb shanks for the meat component. 17 years later and I have a fussy autistic grandson to cater for and my hubby is now a shiftworker so his dinner has to be served out of a hot box. No rest for the wicked….

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 28, 2018 - 11:57 AM

I agree, anything to feed the whole family and also have leftovers is a miracle! This recipe is a big batch – I have 3 teenagers and find this recipe makes 3 meals worth for all 5 of us 🙂


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