30-Minute Cheap Family Meals

Satisfy your family and your budget with easy-to-prepare one dish meals from the book Family Feasts for $75 a Week, by Mary Ostyn.

  • Mexican Tortilla Skillet
    Lee Harrelson

    Mexican Tortilla Skillet

    This Mexican-flavored dish, with its tortillas and spicy meat, is similar to enchiladas but much quicker to make.
  • Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
    Lee Harrelson

    Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

    This is a great one-dish meal for autumn and winter since it features in-season veggies like sweet potatoes and spinach.
  • Sausage with Cabbage and Corn Sauté
    Lee Harrelson

    Sausage with Cabbage and Corn Sauté

    With the sausages and skillet-cooked cabbage, this hearty dish has a bit of a German accent.
  • Curried Rice with Shrimp
    Lee Harrelson

    Curried Rice with Shrimp

    You can save money by purchasing unpeeled shrimp rather than having them peeled and deveined at the fish market. It takes a little longer, but you can still make this dish in under 30 minutes.
  • Quick Beef Stroganoff

    Quick Beef Stroganoff

    Using both sour cream and cream cheese makes this hearty stroganoff extra creamy.
  • Confetti Pepperoni Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Confetti Pepperoni Soup

    The deep, rich flavor and color of this hearty soup comes from the beets, carrots, tomatoes, and pepperoni. It may sound like an odd combination, but the flavor is fantastic.
  • Salmon Chowder
    Lee Harrelson

    Salmon Chowder

    Canned salmon is the key ingredient in this budget-friendly fish chowder.
  • Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup

    The flavors may seem exotic, but all of the ingredients are easily found in your local grocery store.
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