50 Cheap & Easy Meals (Lunch or Dinner) If You Didn’t Win the Lottery Last Night

If you’re reading this, you’re in the same boat as we are… certainly not sitting on your own personal island, sipping tropical drinks, and eating an endless buffet of Filet Mignon, lobster tail, crab, and just about every delicious food you can imagine, without having to choose just one. Nope, we didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot either, and I’ve decided to spend my time writing instead of making dinner. I guess we’ll figure out something when I get to it, but I can tell you, it definitely won’t be steak and seafood or a several course Italian meal. Instead I’ve been thinking of different budget-friendly, kid-friendly meals for all of those of us who didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot last night.

Okay, okay, instead I’ve *still* been thinking how I would spend and save the money, what I would do first, where we would go out to eat to celebrate… you know, all those fun “what if’s,” not because I really thought we would win, but because it’s FUN to think about it! (Truth be told, I did have THREE of the five white balls correct, so I at some point will have to go collect my $7. That’s a first!!)

Here are 50 meal suggestions for cheap and easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for your family. All kids aren’t going to love all these suggestions, so feel free to pick and choose, or add your own suggestions in our comments section. If you have a recipe posted on your own blog for any of these meals, I invite you to send me the link so I can add it in below.


Without further ado, here are 50 cheap and easy kid-friendly meals to make if you didn’t win the lottery last night!

  1. Hotdogs with Macaroni & Cheese
  2. Tuna Melt on a Bagel, Topped with Cheese
  3. Grilled Cheese with Soup
  4. Croissant Melts with Ham
  5. Pretzel Melts with Ham
  6. Bagel Melts with Pepperoni
  7. Creative Salads
  8. Garden Salad with Hardboiled Eggs and Bacon Bits
  9. Quesadillas (with whatever leftovers are in your fridge)
  10. Omelets
  11. Quiche
  12. Pancakes
  13. Cereal
  14. Oatmeal
  15. Yum Bowls
  16. Casserole (throw in whatever you have, beans, bacon bits, pepperoni…)
  17. Vegetable Stir-Fry
  18. Stir-Fry (with whatever meat or fish is on sale)
  19. Buttered Noodles
  20. Pasta with Sauce
  21. Chef Boyardee
  22. Dinte Moore Beef Stew
  23. Kielbasa with Pasta or Vegetables
  24. Bagel Pizzas (or English Muffin Pizzas)
  25. Ellio’s Pizzachicken breast recipes
  26. French Bread Pizza
  27. Beans & Rice
  28. Sloppy Joe Sliders
  29. Fish Sticks
  30. Chicken Nuggets and Fries
  31. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  32. Stuffed Shells
  33. Cheesy Chicken & Pasta Bake
  34. Betty Crocker 4-Ingredient Pizza Bake
  35. Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccoli
  36. Ravioli
  37. Tortellini
  38. Baked Ziti
  39. Tuna Helper
  40. Hamburger Helper
  41. Chicken Voila
  42. Tomato Soup with Rice
  43. BLTs
  44. Grilled Chicken Wrap
  45. Pita or Wrap with Lunchmeat
  46. Tacos
  47. Burritos
  48. Chicken Potpie
  49. PBJ Sandwiches
  50. Ramen Noodles

Remember, these are just suggestions and you can personalize them to make them your own or skip them altogether. Please share additional ideas in our comments below!



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