Budget-Friendly Weeknight Meals

From taco Tuesday to soup and sandwich Sunday, if you’re planning your dinners around the days of the week, then your recipes might need a refresh. Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert shared creative and budget-friendly weeknight meal ideas your whole family will love.

General Weeknight Meal Planning Tips

• Keep a menu for the week. I like to use a dry erase board in my kitchen. I plan out the week’s meals and write it on the board. Then I’m never at a loss for what I’m making. Also, my kids like reading the menu board and knowing what meals I’m making that week.
• Look through your fridge, freezer, and pantry for meal ideas first before you go shopping.
• Shopping can be one of the most dreaded tasks. Do your week’s shopping at an off time or day. I like to shop right after work on Friday night or send my spouse because he sticks to the list and we spend less money.
• Prep at least two meals ahead for the week. It doesn’t have to be the entire meal, it could be making pasta, chopping veggies, or browning meat or cooking chicken.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Tips for this Recipe
• This is a great family meal you can serve with a favorite veggie side dish, sweet potato fries, or tater tots.
• This recipe also makes a great potluck dish or perfect meal to bring to a family who just welcomed a new baby.
• You can freeze sandwiches and save for school lunches or a future meal.
• Get your family interested in picking and preparing meals for the week. This recipe includes instructions so you can get your kids to help make it.
• Vegetarians can easily swap out veggie nuggets for the chicken nuggets.


Tips for this Recipe
• Prep the pasta ahead of time and store in a re-sealable gallon bag in the fridge.
• Buy larger packs of ground beef when it is on sale and divide it yourself and store in your freezer.
• When buying spices, save money by buying store brand spices or buying loose or bulk spices and get just what you need.

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Bites

Tips for this Recipe
• Serve with Grilled Cheese Bites. I like to make a big batch and freeze them in a gallon re-sealable bag. Prepping ahead makes it an easy meal for school lunches or fast dinner on a weeknight.
• Add meatballs or pasta to the soup.
• Leave out the half and half at the end and use as a meatless spaghetti sauce.

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