As a busy full-time working mom of three kiddos, I never get tired of finding new quick, budget friendly, and easy family meals. And in this article I share some of my favorite easy family breakfasts, easy family lunches, and easy family dinners.
I know how much you have going on, busy mama! So these are all meals you can make fast and then get on with your day!
Our Favorite Easy Family Meals
Because the possibilities are just endless, I never get tired of looking for fast and easy family meals.
In this article are some of the best recipes for quick and easy family meals. These meals are a great way to get your family to gather around the table so you can spend more time together.
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Making Easy Family Meals
When you want to make easy family meals, stick with simple ingredients that you are familiar with and that you generally keep on hand.
For me, those are things like chicken breasts, ground beef, different varieties of pasta, rice, potatoes, cheese, and in season fruits and vegetables. We also keep a wide array of basic herbs and spices on hand. And I’m not afraid of Googling to find a substitute seasoning if needed. 🙂
Note: A few of the recipes below are Instant Pot recipes. We just got one of these last year, and they are so convenient! They are really a great time saver. I love ours!
You can learn more about the model we got here, or click on the image below to learn more about the benefits of getting an Instant Pot.
I hope you enjoy these easy family meals!
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Easy Ways to Save Money on Family Meals
There are great ways to make easy family meals even more budget friendly.
For example, three of my favorite apps for saving money on groceries are Ibotta, Rakuten (formerly Ebates), and Fetch Rewards (use XGGVM to get 2,000 bonus points when you sign up!). They are an easy way to save money on groceries every time you shop.
For example, you can get $20 just for signing up with Ibotta (probably still my favorite grocery money saving app), and you also get a $20 bonus when you sign up for Rakuten. And you can even stack your savings by using Ibotta, Rakuten, and Fetch all to save money on the same shopping purchases!
You can also save more money when grocery shopping by taking advantage of the sales and discounted items, buying produce in season, buying less expensive cuts of meat, buying generic brands rather than more popular name brands, and more.
You can find tons of ideas for how to slash your food and grocery budget here.
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47+ Easy and Delicious Family Meals
In the subsections below you will find ideas for some of my favorite easy family meals that are delicious and also budget friendly.
You will find easy family breakfast ideas, easy family lunch ideas, and easy family dinner ideas that your whole crew will love!
Easy Family Meals for Breakfast
These are some of my favorite easy family meals to make for breakfast.
Fluffiest Blueberry Pancakes at Pinch of Yum
Instant Pot Blueberry Muffins at Flour on My Face
Sausage Egg Breakfast Cups at Tasty.co
Blueberry Oatmeal at NYT Cooking
Leftover Stuffing Egg Muffins at Budget Bytes (we love this meal even when we don’t have leftover stuffing; we just make the stuffing up quickly the morning of)
Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole at The Country Cook
Ham and Cheese Omelette at Allrecipes
Sausage Breakfast Burritos at Taste of Home
Savory Crepe Recipe at I Heart Naptime
Oatmeal Banana Muffins at Beyond the Chicken Coop
Simple Breakfast Quesadillas at Cookie and Kate
Breakfast Portobello Mushrooms at Eazy Peazy Meals
Blueberry Muffin French Toast at Taste of Home
Cherry Almond Oatmeal at Inspired by Charm
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes at Ambitious Kitchen
Easy Family Meals for Lunch
In this section I share some of the best easy family meals that you can make for lunch (or dinner, if you prefer!).
Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Food Network
Instant Pot Chili at Dinner at the Zoo
Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad at Spend with Pennies
Spinach Chicken Frittata at Taste of Home
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches at PureWow
Honey Sesame Chicken at InstantPot.com
BLT Pasta Salad at Spend with Pennies
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas at Cooking Classy
Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl at No. 2 Pencil
Homemade Chicken Gyros at The Mediterranean Dish
Honey Sesame Chicken Stir Fry at I Wash You Dry
Ground Beef Chili Mac and Cheese at Cafe Delites
Chicken Pasta Salad at Delish.com
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili at iFOODreal
Avocado Chicken Salad at Gimme Delicious
Easy Family Meals for Dinner
And in this last section I include some of the best easy family meals for dinner (or for a hearty lunch). These easy family dinners are simple, quick to prepare, tasty, and budget friendly, too!
Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry at RecipeTin Eats
Lemon Broccoli Pesto Pasta at The Mediterranean Dish
Pineapple Chicken at Omnivores Cookbook
Taco Casserole at Dinner at the Zoo
Chicken Stew at Spend with Pennies
Bacon and Spinach Stuffed Chicken at Julia’s Album
Easy Calzones at Natasha’s Kitchen
Baked Spaghetti at Dinner, then Dessert
Best Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas at Eating on a Dime
Sweet and Sour Meatballs at Lil’ Luna
Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon at Delish.com
Cheesy Meatballs at Cafe Delites
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup at Spend with Pennies
Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie at Tablespoon.com
Quick and Easy Chicken Taco Soup at Dinner at the Zoo
Instant Pot Chili at Pressure Cook Recipes
Chicken Stuffed Peppers at I Heart Naptime
Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Buns in My Oven
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Final Thoughts on Easy Family Meals
I hope you love these ideas for easy family meals! These are some of the best recipes for family meals around, and I think your family will be asking for more. 🙂
What are some of your favorite easy family meals? Are there easy family meals that you make again and again, like we do? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below and let me know.