Having a master list of meals that you can go to when meal planning makes meal planning easy, It's nice to try new things every now and then, but children especially like routine and the same things.
Speghetti and meatballs.
Roasted chicken kegs
Chicken noodle soup or casserole
Chicken pot pie
Chicken stir fry **
Roasted chicken with oven roasted root veggies
Buffalo chicken pizza
Pork chops on apple, craisens, bread stuffing
Pork,chops with sauerkraut
Pork pot pot
Split pea soup with ham
Ham and eggs
Sausage and peppers
Pizza : ham and pineapple. Pepperoni. Sausage and pepperoni, buffalo chicken
Mac and cheese
Rice and beans
Stuffed green peppers
Braised beef on rice
Meal plans are a must if you are dining in the cheap. Make a plan, or plan to fail -so the quote stares goes. It doesn't have to be ridged, but you have to have one. It enables you to save some ingredients for another meal , or stair step. It allows you to set aside a small snippet of time to do some kitchen management and make your meal times a lot less hectic. Kitchen management is nails cleaning the fridge, making note of what needs to be used up, and prepped anything you can make ahead.
** If you know two days on a row you are going to have rice, make a pot of rice. It's done and when you add precooked chicken to a frozen bag of stir fry veggies that you have purchased with a coupon, you have a very fast , easy , ame cheap dinner that has stand off the fast food gremilins,