270+ Cheap Meal Recipes Fit for Royalty

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Cheap meal recipes can be hard to come by sometimes.  If you are in charge of managing your household like I am, then you know how precious time can be.  Especially on those nights where you have parent-teacher conferences or you are carting your kids all over town after school for activities.  Planning meal prep in and of itself sometimes can be a challenge.  Hunting down the recipes can be time consuming and is half of the battle.


That is why I have put together one of the best reference lists available with over 270 cheap meal plans most of which can be ready in 30 minutes or less! 


I get it though, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking.  Between travel soccer and running kids all over, the convenience of eating out wins sometimes.

Want to save some money eating out?  Be sure to also check out our list of over 110 restaurants where kids eat free (or really cheap!)


270+ Cheap Meal Recipes Fit for Royalty


There is no fluff here for you to sift through, just raw access to recipes.  Below you will find a collection of inexpensive meals that will not only save you money, but will also make you feel like royalty.



These are recipes that any family will love and there is something here for everyone.  Who said you have to sacrifice quality for the best price?!


Happy cooking!!!


Cheap Meal Ideas for Chicken 


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  1. Creamy Chicken Piccata by Cooking Classy
  2. Southwestern Bean Chicken by The Gracious Pantry
  3. Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala by Dinner at the zoo
  4. Crockpot Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Chicken by The Frugal girls
  5. Grilled Chicken Wraps by My Kitchen Escapades
  6. Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Drumsticks by The Frugal Girls
  7. Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker by Freebie Finding Mom
  8. Homemade chicken noodle soup by Simplistically Living
  9. Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy by The Country Cook
  10. Black Pepper Chicken by Rasa Malaysia
  11. Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps by The Best Blog Recipes
  12. One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl by No. 2 Pencil
  13. Easy Greek Roasted Chicken by Lauren Greutan
  14. Baked Chicken Parmesan by Cakes Cottage
  15. Homemade Chicken Tenders by Six Dollar Family


Cheap meals to make


  1. Easy Chicken Bake by Ann’s Entitled Life
  2. Lemon Chicken by Hillbilly Housewife
  3. White Chicken Chili Crockpot  by Gluten Free Daddy
  4. Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice by Family Fresh Meal
  5. Quick Chicken and Dumplings from Betty Crocker
  6. Easy Garlic Chicken from Allrecipes
  7. One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice from Creme de la Crumb
  8. 15 Minute Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies from Gimme Delicious
  9. Grilled Lemon Chicken and Asparagus from Delish
  10. Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid from Wine and Glue
  11. Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole from Food.com
  12. Honey-and-Lemon Baked Chicken from MyRecipes
  13. Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders from Pillsbury
  14. Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken from MyRecipes
  15. Chicken Crescent Roll Bundles from Lil Luna


Cheap meals


  1. BBQ Chicken Pizza from MyRecipes
  2. Chicken Pot Pie Rice Bake from Plain Chicken
  3. Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken from Stockpiling Moms
  4. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta from Pillsbury
  5. Mushroom-Herb Chicken from MyRecipes
  6. Maple-Glazed Skillet Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potato Hash from Whole and Heavenly Oven
  7. Crispy Onion Chicken from Life in the Lofthouse
  8. Winger’s Sticky Fingers from Creme de la Crumb
  9. Baked Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard from Delish
  10. Buffalo Chicken & Potato Skillet from The Wicked Noodle
  11. Baked Honey-Garlic Chicken from Delish
  12. One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta from The Recipe Rebel
  13. Easy Chicken Fajitas from Averie Cooks
  14. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Nums The Word
  15. BBQ Chicken Tostadas from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  16. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas from The Wanderlust Kitchen
  17. Chicken and Black Bean Nachos from The Baker Mama
  18. Chicken-Tortilla Pie from MyRecipes
  19. Chicken Enchilada Skillet from Buns in My Oven
  20. Creamy Southwest Chicken Alfredo from Good Cook
  21. Chicken, Bean, and Cheese Burritos from Good Cheap Eats
  22. Spicy Skillet Chicken from Betty Crocker


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Italian Chicken 

  1. Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken from The Recipe Critic
  2. Mozzarella Chicken in Homemade Tomato Sauce from Little Spice Jar
  3. Tuscan Chicken Simmer from Kraft
  4. One-Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne from Pillsbury
  5. Mozzarella Chicken in Homemade Tomato Sauce from Little Spice Jar
  6. Chicken Carbonara Deluxe from Betty Crocker
  7. Parmesan Chicken Breast Tenders from MyRecipes
  8. Pesto Chicken and Pasta from Kraft
  9. 20-Minute Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta from Gal on a Mission
  10. 20 Minute Skillet Chicken and Spinach Parmesan from Mom on Timeout
  11. Parmesan Chicken Fettuccine from Pillsbury
  12. Skillet Chicken Marsala from $5 Dinners
  13. Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta from Lil Luna
  14. Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta from Pinch of Yum
  15. Chicken Picatta from Better Homes and Gardens
  16. Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups from Like Mother, Like Daughter
  17. Crispy Chicken Parmesan with Tomatoes and Mozzarella from Delish
  18. Brown Sugar Italian Chicken from Plain Chicken
  19. 15 Minute Chicken Alfredo from Eazy Peazy Mealz


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Asian Chicken

  1. Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken from Allrecipes
  2. Quick Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
  3. Vegetable-Chicken Stir-Fry from Betty Crocker
  4. Coconut Chicken Tenders from Yellow Bliss Road
  5. Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles from Natasha’s Kitchen
  6. 12 Minute Chicken and Broccoli from Gimme Some Oven
  7. Fast Chicken and Rice from Better Homes and Gardens
  8. 20 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken from Betty Crocker


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Cheap Meal Ideas for Beef 


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American Beef

  1. Cornbread and Beef Skillet Pie from Woman’s Day
  2. Family Favorite Sloppy Joes from High Heels and Grills
  3. Mini Meatloaves from Betty Crocker
  4. Beef & Macaroni Chili from All She Cooks
  5. Country-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy from MyRecipes
  6. Easy Unstuffed Bell Pepper Skillet from Kim’s Craving
  7. BBQ Sloppy Joe Muffins from Cookies and Cups
  8. Ground Beef and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes from Food.com
  9. Easy French Dip Sandwiches from Allrecipes
  10. Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from 5 Boys Baker
  11. Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy from MyRecipes
  12. Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn from Real Simple
  13. Salisbury Steak Casserole from Nums The Word
  14. Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet from Pillsbury
  15. Baked Chili Dogs from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
  16. Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes from Bellyfull
  17. Country Fried Steak from Allrecipes
  18. One Pot Chili Mac from NumsTheWord


Italian Beef 

  1. Easy Goulash from Mandy’s Recipe Box
  2. Beef Stroganoff from SimplyRecipes
  3. Skillet Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Recipe Runner
  4. One Pot Beef Penne from Girl Gone Gourmet
  5. One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff from Budget Bytes
  6. Meatball Bombs from The Novice Chef
  7. Sheet Pan Philly Cheesesteaks from Easy Peazy Mealz
  8. Poverty Meal from Food.com



Asian Beef

  1. Quick Beef Stir-Fry from Allrecipes
  2. Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Allrecipes
  3. Broccoli Beef from Allrecipes
  4. Ten-Minute Beef and Broccoli from Pillsbury
  5. Mongolian Beef from Chef Savvy
  6. Crispy Sesame Beef from Damn Delicious
  7. Asian Orange Beef from Chew Out Loud
  8. Asian Beef & Noodles for Two from Kraft Recipes


Tex-Mex Beef

  1. Beef Burrito Skillet from Bread Booze Bacon
  2. Taco Pie from Allrecipes
  3. Taco Spaghetti from Plain Chicken
  4. Easy Beef Nachos from Old El Paso
  5. Flank Steak Fajitas from Country Living
  6. Taco Bowls from Busy Budgeter
  7. One Pot Taco Rice Skillet from Sweet C’s
  8. Mexican Pasta Skillet from Pillsbury
  9. Simple Oven Tacos from Simplistically Living
  10. Quick Taco Salad from Kraft Recipes
  11. Cheesy Nacho Beef Skillet from Pillsbury
  12. Frito Pie from Chef in Training
  13. Skillet Burritos from Diethood
  14. Taco French Bread Pizza from Life in the Lofthouse
  15. Crispy Southwest Wrap from Tastes Better from Scratch


Plain Ol’ Beef

  1. Quick and Easy Taco Salad from Daily Burn
  2. Penne Pasta With Beef by Simply recipes
  3. Cheeseburger Casserole by Written Reality
  4. Beef stroganoff by The Spirited Violet
  5. One Pot Tortellini and Ground Beef Casserole by Foody Schmoody
  6. Sloppy Joe Quinoa Pitas by Fabulessly Frugal
  7. Doritos Taco Salad by Life in the Lofthouse
  8. Cheese Steak Casserole by Who Needs A Cape
  9. Korean Beef by The Girl Who Ate Everything
  10. Crock Pot Beef Tacos by Frugal Foodie Mama
  11. Taco Spaghetti by Plain Chicken
  12. Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Gimme Delicious Food
  13. Old Fashioned Goulash by My Incredible Recipes
  14. Pepper Steak and Rice by South Your Mouth


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  1. Mongolian Beef by Savory Tooth
  2. One Pot Lasagna by Carl Bad Cravings
  3. Classic Baked Ziti by Budget Savvy Diva
  4. Pizza Casserole by Allrecipes
  5. Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake by Five Hear Home
  6. Baked Spaghetti Pie by Mom 4 Real
  7. Easy Baked Ziti by The Country Cook
  8. One- Pot Eggplant Pasta by Buiton


Cheap Meal Ideas for Vegetarian Dishes



  1. Vegetarian Chili by Cookie and Kate
  2. Broccoli Fettuccine by Budget Bytes
  3. Spinach Lasagna by Savor and Savvy
  4. Vegan Chickpea and Rosemary Soup by The Blender Girl
  5. 10 Minute Pasta by Oh She Glows
  6. Protein-packed twice baked potatoes by Pass the Plants
  7. Vegan Corn Fritters by The Stingy Vegan
  8. Easy Veggie & Black Bean Enchiladas by Vegan Insanity
  9. Vegan Fried Rice by One Ingredient Chef
  10. Pizza Pockets by Hot for Food
  11. Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps by Pass the plants
  12. ChickPea Salad by Whole Living Lauren
  13. White Mac & Cheese by The Savory Vegan
  14. Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas by Don’t Go Bacon My Heart
  15. Cauliflower Buffalo Pizza by This Savory Vegan
  16. Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger by Happy Healthy mama
  17. Vegan Lasagna by Vegetarian Gastronomy



  1. Vegan Mashed Potatoes by Emile Eats
  2. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas by This Savory Vegan
  3. Hummus Vegetable Wrap by Emile Eats
  4. Balsamic Roasted New Potatoes by Wallflower Kitchen
  5. Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta By Crazy Vegan Kitchen
  6. Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Peas and Crayons
  7. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites by Veggie Inspired
  8. Sweet Potato and Kale Chilli by Wallflower Kitchen
  9. Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder by  Crazy Vegan Kitchen
  10. White Bean and Avocado Baked Burritos by Ceara’s Kitchen
  11. Vegan Black Bean and Veggie Enchiladas by Full of Beans
  12. Loaded Cauliflower by Low Carb Maven
  13. Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo from Budget Bytes
  14. Creamy Garlic Pasta from Budget Savvy Diva
  15. Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Pepperoni from Delish
  16. Pasta Primavera Alfredo from Delish



  1. Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta from Budget Bytes
  2. Angel Hair with Tomato and Basil from Betty Crocker
  3. To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo from Allrecipes
  4. Spinach Pesto with Pasta from Delish
  5. One Pot Baked Ziti with Ricotta from Kitchen Nostalgia
  6. Easy Eggplant Parmesan from Kraft
  7. Cheesy Baked Ravioli from Food.com
  8. Ricotta and Spinach Calzones from Kitschen Cat
  9. Tortellini Primavera from Eating Well
  10. Italian Mac and Cheese from POPSUGAR
  11. Tomato and Olive Penne from Martha Stewart
  12. Baked Penne Rigate from Memories By The Mile
  13. Easy Pantry Pasta from Country Living


American Vegetarian

  1. 20-Minute Mac and Cheese from Betty Crocker
  2. French Bread Pizza from Love Bakes Good Cakes
  3. Macaroni and Cheese with Mixed Vegetables from Better Homes and Gardens
  4. Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake from The Domestic Superhero
  5. Mac and Cheese Spaghetti from Better Homes and Gardens
  6. One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac from Kristine’s Kitchen
  7. Vegetarian Black-Bean Chili from Martha Stewart



Asian Vegetarian

  1. Peanut Noodles from Allrecipes
  2. Dragon Noodles from Budget  Bytes
  3. One-Pot Spicy Asian Noodles from Babble
  4. Simple Sesame Noodles from The Pioneer Woman
  5. Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles from Budget Bytes
  6. Vegetarian Fried Rice from Hurry The Food Up
  7. Spicy Sesame Noodles from Living Sweet Moments
  8. Spaghetti with Vegetables and Peanut Sauce from Martha Stewart
  9. Easy Lo Mein from Damn Delicious
  10. Thai Peanut Noodles from Budget Bytes


Tex-Mex Vegetarian

  1. Black Bean Burritos from Allrecipes
  2. One Pan Crack Bean Burritos from Heather Likes Food
  3. 5 Ingredient Black Bean Enchiladas from I Heart Vegetables
  4. 10 Minute Oven Baked Tostadas from Yellow Bliss Road
  5. Black Bean Quesadillas from Eating Well
  6. Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls from Budget Bytes
  7. Black Bean Nachos from Kraft
  8. Refried Bean Tostadas from MyRecipes
  9. Crispy Black Bean and Rice Burritos from Gimme Delicious
  10. Corn & Black Bean Chili from Living Well, Spending Less
  11. Black Beans and Rice from Allrecipes
  12. Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas from Gimme Delicious
  13. Creamy Black Bean Taquitos from Budget Bytes


Cheap Meal Ideas for Seafood



  1. Lemon Garlic Tilapia from Allrecipes
  2. Skillet Shrimp Tacos from Country Living
  3. Fish Stick Tacos from MyRecipes
  4. Tuna Croquettes from Food Network
  5. Pan-Seared Tilapia from Allrecipes
  6. Five-Spice Tilapia from Eating Well
  7. One Pan Spicy Garlic Shrimp from Dinner, Dishes and Desserts
  8. Lemon Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo from Better Homes and Gardens
  9. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets from Allrecipes
  10. Skillet Shrimp and Rice from MyRecipes
  11. Crisp Catfish with Apple-Celery Slaw from Better Homes and Gardens
  12. Sweet & Spicy Tilapia from Farmgirl Gourmet
  13. Easy Tuna Patties from Allrecipes
  14. Tuna Salad Crescents from Pillsbury
  15. Skillet Shrimp, Sausage, and Rice from Country Living
  16. Fish Tacos with Lime Sauce from Better Homes and Gardens
  17. Salmon Patties from Allrecipes


Cheap Meal Ideas for Turkey Dishes



  1. Turkey Stroganoff from Better Homes and Gardens
  2. Ground Turkey Cabbage Skillet from Primavera Kitchen
  3. Turkey Chili from Food Network
  4. Turkey Tetrazzini from Savory Nothings
  5. Turkey Meatballs Over Zucchini Noodles from Country Living


Cheap Meal Ideas for Pork & Sausage Meals



  1. Kielbasa, Peppers, and Potato Hash Skillet from Mom on Timeout
  2. Skillet Sausage ‘n’ Rice from MyRecipes
  3. One Pan Sausage and Tortellini from Yellow Bliss Road
  4. Sausage, Potato & Pepper Skillet Dinner from $5 Dinners
  5. Bacon Tortellini Bake from Fake Ginger
  6. Quick and Easy Calzones from Six Sisters’ Stuff
  7. Spaghetti and Sausage Meatballs from Delish
  8. Ham & Cheese Tortellini from Kevin & Amanda
  9. Easy Stromboli from Southern Bite
  10. One-Pot Pizza Pasta from Fake Ginger
  11. Rigatoni & Italian Sausage Skillet from Who Needs a Cape
  12. Sausage Alfredo Pasta from Shugary Sweets
  13. One-Pot Sausage Pasta from Melanie Cooks
  14. Bacon, Chicken, and Spinach Spaghetti from Delish


  1. Oven-Fried Pork Chops from Allrecipes
  2. Country Ham Carbonara from MyRecipes
  3. One Pot Lasagna from Damn Delicious
  4. Texas Toast Pizzas from Crafty Morning
  5. English Muffin Pizzas from Once Upon a Chef
  6. Spaghetti With Sausage and Peppers from MyRecipes
  7. Asian Pork Skillet from Better Homes and Garden
  8. Deep Dish Mini Pizzas from One Little Project
  9. Pizza Pull-Apart Sliders from The Country Cook


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