Boiled eggs and blueberry muffins
Scrambled eggs and bacon
Egg and cheese bagel
Homemade French toast and cantaloupe
Bagels and cream cheese
Oatmeal Pancakes and sausage
Cheese Toast and apple sauce
Oatmeal and peanut butter toast
Cereal and milk
Fruit and yogurt parfait
Yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit and peanut butter toast
Tuna salad and crackers
Peanut butter sandwiches and pretzels
Peanut butter rice cake with raisins, half a banana
Peanut butter banana and yogurt
Soup and crackers
Ham sandwiches and tortilla chips
Turkey sandwiches and pickles
Nachos with refried beans and avocado slices
Quesadillas and fresh veggies with ranch dressing
Grilled Cheese, pickles
Celery stalks with cream cheese and raisins served with apple slices with cinnamon
Veggie Pita with ranch dressing
Ham and cream cheese rollup (mix green onion in softened cr. cheese, spread on a slice of ham and rollup), raw veggies and dip
Sundried Tomato Spread on a Bagel
Pizza bagels (egg or plain bagel w/ spaghetti sauce, cheese and toppings)
Cut up lunchmeat, cheese and fruit on pretzel sticks (kebabs)
Baked potatoes, frozen broccoli (with cheese sauce) and bacon
Breakfast for dinner-pancakes and eggs
Parmesan Chicken Strips, Tomato Cucumber Salad
Beef stew and homemade biscuits
Chicken Enchiladas, rice with tomatoes and onions
Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Soup, cheesy biscuits
Barbecue chicken, baked beans, broccoli
Ham and Navy Bean Soup, cornbread
BBQ Cheeseburgers, Broccoli Slaw Salad
Country Style Ribs, corn on the cob
Hamburgers, home fried potatoes
London Broil, saffron rice, steamed green beans
Pasta with sauce, garlic bagels, and salad
Potato soup and homemade cheese bread
Steak and Peppers, rice, steamed sugar snap peas
Barbecue Chicken Nachos, Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Crockpot Chili with cornbread
Hamburger Pasta Casserole, frozen broccoli, homemade cheese bread
Mango Chicken, rice, spinach salad
Italian Chicken Salad, french bread
Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce over Rotini, garlic bread
Lasagna, garlic toast, garden salad
Frozen or homemade pizza (gluten free pizza crust recipe)
(Also check out 5 Ways to Prepare Potatoes)
Cheese and Crackers
Pretzels and raisins
Apple slices with cinnamon
Peanuts and raisins
Yogurt and fruit
Homemade juice popsicles
Thank you so much for your e-book and for all your helpful tips. Your organized lists and charts have truly brought cohesion to all of my scattered attempts at planning! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You are very welcome Jessica! I am glad to help. 🙂
I love your site. Thank you for all the work you have done.
My husband and i are both unemployed now so money is really tight. I have been looking on the web for budget friendly meals, came across yours. I am wondering though if you have a recipe for Nachos with refried beans and avocado slices, Quesadillas, Ham and cream cheese rollups, Cheese toast, Spicy Chicken Thighs, or a site to look for them. Thank you so much. S
Here is a recipe for refried beans: https://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/06/06/simple-gluten-free-refried-beans/.
Ham & Cream Cheese rollups: spread cream cheese on a slice of ham, add diced green onions or green pepper and roll it up.
Quesadillas: Heat a little olive oil or other cooking oil in a stainless steel or iron skillet over medium high heat. Place shredded cheese on half of an 8 inch flour tortilla and fold the other half over to cover the cheese. Place the tortilla in the hot oil and turn after about one minute or when the tortilla is lightly browned. When second side is also lightly browned, remove from heat and sprinkle with salt.
Cheese Toast: If you like both sides of your bread toasted, place bread slices in the toaster and toast. Place cheese slices or shredded cheese on top and melt in the microwave or under the oven broiler.
I’m a newly wed, but have really been wanting to get into good financial habits before we enter the world of parenthood. Your blog is perfect and has given me so many things to tryout. I’m excited to get started.
ps. my husband will love you. he’s much more frugal than I am, and will be so happy I found a website to help me out.
pss. I hate cooking. It stresses me out more than anything else. I really like the lists of meal ideas, but would also love recipes. Any help or advice would be much appreciated =)
Hi Alex–Welcome! I have lots of really easy and delicious recipes here: https://thepeacefulmom.com/recipes/. For future reference, they are under the EAT tab in the top navigation bar. 🙂
Love your blog. Great ides. Our families are pretty similar. We both have a low income and one paycheck coming in, four kids, homeschooling, and Christians. I have also been trying to cut out all the processed garbage in our diets a lot due to couponing. I’ll probably be poking around your blog a bit more.
Welcome Teresa! I’m glad you’re here. 🙂
Shelly Taylor says
I just found your blog on Pinterest about your money-saving techniques and meal planning. YOU ARE BRILLIANT! Love your blog and now I am reading it all. Thank you so much!
Wow Shelly, I don’t know about brilliant, but I am glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂
Wow! Such a wonderful website! I love all of your menu ideas, but I have a question? How do I plan meals for a very picky 11 year old, and a husband who will only eat meat and potatoS? I like and will eat almost everything, especially cheaply. Any and all help will help. Thank you so much, Rita.
I think the key is to make the main parts of the meal something that they both like, but add some new things every once in a while. I think I read that it takes a child up to five times of trying something new before they will accept it. Another option that I have tried is to let my children know that if they don’t like the meal, they don’t have to eat it, but I do not let them have snacks or other food instead of dinner later. If they decide they are hungry later than evening, they can have the leftovers from dinner. Hope that helps!
totally add this to your menu: In your crock pot (spray with PAM spray first), add in a whole chicken (or cx on the bone) and a jar of salsa. maybe add 12 jar of water. Cover & cook 6-8 hr on low. if you’re short on time, you can do this in a skillet in about 40 min. Pork Chops work AMAZINGLY well in the skillet. YUMMMM
Do you have Nutritional values for your recipes?
No, sorry, but I have no way to figure that out. I’m just sharing recipes I use in my kitchen. 🙂
If anyone wants to calculate nutritional values of recipes you can join sparkpeople.com. It is free and I use it to calculate calories and nutritional info on my recipes. It is very user friendly. Hope this helps.