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Here's How To Feed The Whole Family For Under $20

Feed the whole gang without breaking the bank.

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Let's be real: Feeding a whole family ain't cheap.

But with a handful of affordable meal ideas, you can save a ton of cash.
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But with a handful of affordable meal ideas, you can save a ton of cash.

Here are 20 easy and tasty meals that'll feed a family of four for less than $20.

For each recipe, you'll find a simple grocery list (plus a few basic pantry staples like olive oil, dried spices, salt, and pepper that you probably already have on hand) to help make your trip to the market painless and affordable.

*All prices were calculated using Fresh Direct, so they'll vary based on your location.

1. Easy Caprese Skillet Chicken

http://www.littlebroken.com/2016/02/12/20-minute-easy-skillet-chicken-caprese/
http://www.littlebroken.com/2016/02/12/20-minute-easy-skillet-chicken-caprese/

Grocery list:

-4 chicken thighs: 4.89

-8 oz. mozzarella cheese: $4.19

-1 stick butter: $1.40

-2 tomatoes: $1.99

-Basil: $1.29

-Balsamic vinegar: Pantry staple

Total cost: $13.76

Get the recipe.

2. Baked Ziti With Sausage and Kale

Grocery list:-1 box ziti: $1.59-1 lb ground sausage: $5.49-1 bulb garlic: 0.60-1 bag kale: $3.49-1 bag shredded mozzarella: $4.19Total cost: $15.36Get the recipe.
Gimme Some Oven / Via gimmesomeoven.com

Grocery list:

-1 box ziti: $1.59

-1 lb ground sausage: $5.49

-1 bulb garlic: 0.60

-1 bag kale: $3.49

-1 bag shredded mozzarella: $4.19

Total cost: $15.36

Get the recipe.

3. Asian Beef and Rice Bowls

Grocery list:-1 lb ground beef: $6.99-1 ginger root: $3.49-1 onion: 0.79-1 bulb garlic: 0.60-1 box rice: $2.09-1 bunch scallions: $1.99-Soy sauce: $2.29-Olive oil, brown sugar: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $18.24Get the recipe.

Grocery list:

-1 lb ground beef: $6.99

-1 ginger root: $3.49

-1 onion: 0.79

-1 bulb garlic: 0.60

-1 box rice: $2.09

-1 bunch scallions: $1.99

-Soy sauce: $2.29

-Olive oil, brown sugar: Pantry staples

Total cost: $18.24

Get the recipe.

4. Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

http://belleofthekitchen.com/2015/03/12/black-bean-stuffed-peppers/#_a5y_p=3495699
http://belleofthekitchen.com/2015/03/12/black-bean-stuffed-peppers/#_a5y_p=3495699

Grocery list:

-4 bell peppers: $3.59

-1 onion: 0.79

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 can black beans: 0.99

-Cilantro: $1.29

-1 box rice: $2.09

-Shredded Mexican cheese: $4.29

-1 jar salsa: $3.39

-Cumin, garlic salt, chili powder, and olive oil: Pantry staples

Total cost: $17.03

Get the recipe.

5. Ground Turkey Taco Salad

Grocery list-1 lb. ground turkey: $5.99-1 package taco seasoning: $0.99-1 head iceberg lettuce: $2.99-1 can black beans: $0.99-1 onion: 0.79-2 peppers: $1.79-1 can corn: $1.59-1 bag shredded cheddar: $2.99-Salt and pepper: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $18.12Get the recipe.
The Cookie Writer / Via thecookiewriter.com

Grocery list

-1 lb. ground turkey: $5.99

-1 package taco seasoning: $0.99

-1 head iceberg lettuce: $2.99

-1 can black beans: $0.99

-1 onion: 0.79

-2 peppers: $1.79

-1 can corn: $1.59

-1 bag shredded cheddar: $2.99

-Salt and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $18.12

Get the recipe.

6. Pork Teriyaki Fried Rice

Grocery list:1 lb pork chops: $8.99-1 box white rice (or quinoa): $2.99-1 onion: $0.79-1 bulb garlic: 0.60-2 eggs: $0.72-1 package frozen vegetable medley (such as corn, peas and carrots): $2.49-Teriyaki or soy sauce: $2.29-Sesame oil and pepper: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $18.87Get the recipe.
The Complete Savorist / Via thecompletesavorist.com

Grocery list:

1 lb pork chops: $8.99

-1 box white rice (or quinoa): $2.99

-1 onion: $0.79

-1 bulb garlic: 0.60

-2 eggs: $0.72

-1 package frozen vegetable medley (such as corn, peas and carrots): $2.49

-Teriyaki or soy sauce: $2.29

-Sesame oil and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $18.87

Get the recipe.

7. Orecchiette With Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

Grocery list-14 oz Italian chicken sausage: $5.59-1 box Oricchette pasta: $2.09-1 bag frozen broccoli: $2.49-1 bulb garlic: $0.60-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99-Olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $15.16Get the recipe.
Skinny Taste / Via skinnytaste.com

Grocery list

-14 oz Italian chicken sausage: $5.59

-1 box Oricchette pasta: $2.09

-1 bag frozen broccoli: $2.49

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99

-Olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $15.16

Get the recipe.

8. Sloppy Joe's

https://www.countrysidecravings.com/homemade-sloppy-joes/
https://www.countrysidecravings.com/homemade-sloppy-joes/

Grocery list:

-1 lb. ground beef: $6.99

-1 onion: $0.79

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 can tomato sauce: $1.49

-1 package hamburger buns: $2.99

-Worcestershire sauce: $3.99

-Ketchup: $2.59

Chili powder and brown sugar,: Pantry staples

Total cost: $19.44

Get the recipe.

9. Lemon Pepper Chicken

http://therecipecritic.com/2016/04/lemon-pepper-chicken-with-a-brown-butter-garlic-butter-sauce/">Get the recipe
https://togetherasfamily.com/2015/04/cilantro-lime-rice/

Grocery list:

For the chicken:

-4 chicken thighs: $4.89

-1 stick butter: $1.40

-1 can chicken broth: $2.99

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 lemon: $0.89

For the cilantro lime rice:

-1 box Basmati rice: $4.99

-1 can chicken broth: $1.29

-1 bunch fresh cilantro: $1.29

-1 lime: $0.60

-1 onion: $0.79

-Olive oil, salt, cumin: Pantry staples

Total cost: $19.73

Get the recipe.

10. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

http://www.recipetineats.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/
http://www.recipetineats.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/

Grocery list

-2 lbs. pork shoulder: $6.58

-1 onion: $0.79

-1 jalapeno pepper: $1.49

-1 bulb garlic, minced: 0.60

-2 oranges: $3.00

-2 limes: $1.00

-Flour tortillas: $2.19

-Oregano, cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $15.65

Get the recipe.

11. Pork Chops With Sweet and Sour Glaze

http://damndelicious.net/2015/01/31/easy-pork-chops-with-sweet-and-sour-glaze
http://noshingwiththenolands.com/garlic-roasted-broccolini/?utm_content=buffer84ad2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Grocery list:

-4 pork chops: $8.99

-1 stick butter: $1.40

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 jar honey: $4.59

-Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and thyme: Pantry staples

For the roasted broccolini:

1 bag baby broccoli: $3.49

1 bulb garlic: $0.60

Salt, pepper, and olive oil: Pantry staples

Total cost: $19.67

Get the recipe.

12. Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

https://www.purewow.com/recipes/roasted-drumsticks-with-tomatoes
http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/14/garlic-smashed-potatoes

Grocery list:

For the chicken:

-6 chicken drumsticks: $7.03

-1 red onion: $0.74

-1 pint cherry tomatoes: $3.49

-1 bulb garlic: 0.60

-Salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil: Pantry staples

For the garlic smashed potato side dish:

1.5 lb. yellow potatoes: $3.99

1 bulb garlic: $0.60

1 bunch fresh thyme: $1.29

Olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $17.74

Get the recipe.

13. Black Bean Burgers

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/black-bean-burger/
http://damndelicious.net/2013/03/04/avocado-corn-salsa/

Grocery list

For the burgers:

-2 cans seasoned black beans: $2.00

-2 can breadcrumbs: $2.39

-1 white onion: 0.79

-1 egg: $0.36

-1 stick butter: $1.40

-1 package hamburger buns: $2.99

-Chili powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil: Pantry staples

Optional toppings: Sliced cheese, ketchup, mayo, hot sauce, lettuce, tomato

For the avocado corn salsa side dish:

-1 can corn: $1.59

-1 jalapeño: $0.99

-1 red onion: 0.74

-1 avocado: $3.29

-1 lime: $0.50

-1 bunch fresh cilantro: $1.29

-Sugar and salt: Pantry staples

Total cost: $18.33

Get the recipe.

14. Spaghetti Carbonara

Grocery list:-1 box spaghetti: $1.59-2 eggs: $0.72 -Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99-1 package bacon: $5.79-1 bulb garlic: $0.60-1 bunch fresh parsley: $1.29-Salt and pepper: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $13.98Get the recipe.
Damn Delicious / Via damndelicious.net

Grocery list:

-1 box spaghetti: $1.59

-2 eggs: $0.72

-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99

-1 package bacon: $5.79

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 bunch fresh parsley: $1.29

-Salt and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $13.98

Get the recipe.

15. Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

Grocery list:-1¼ lb chicken cubes: $7.48-1 bulb garlic: $0.60-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99-1 pint cherry tomatoes: $3.49-1 bunch fresh basil: $1.29-1 package wooden skewers: 2.99-Olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $19.84Get the recipe.
Skinny Taste / Via skinnytaste.com

Grocery list:

-1¼ lb chicken cubes: $7.48

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99

-1 pint cherry tomatoes: $3.49

-1 bunch fresh basil: $1.29

-1 package wooden skewers: 2.99

-Olive oil, salt, and pepper: Pantry staples

Total cost: $19.84

Get the recipe.

16. Zucchini Noodles With Turkey Bolognese

http://notenoughcinnamon.com/2014/03/21/zucchini-pasta-quick-easy-turkey-bolognese
http://www.chef-in-training.com/2015/01/best-garlic-bread-spread

Grocery list:

For the zoodles:

-4 zucchinis: $2.39

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-1 lb. ground turkey: $5.99

-1 jar marinara sauce: $2.59

-Grated Parmesan cheese: $3.99

-Olive oil: Pantry staple

For the garlic bread:

1 loaf French bread: $2.29

1 stick butter: $1.40

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder: Pantry staples

Total cost: $19.25

Get the recipe.

17. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Grocery list:1 package flour tortillas: $2.991 bag shredded mozzarella cheese: $4.99½ lb pepperoni: $6.501 jar pizza sauce: $1.49Total cost: $15.97Get the recipe.
Snixy Kitchen / Via snixykitchen.com

Grocery list:

1 package flour tortillas: $2.99

1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese: $4.99

½ lb pepperoni: $6.50

1 jar pizza sauce: $1.49

Total cost: $15.97

Get the recipe.

18. Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables

Chelsea's Messy Apron
https://avocadopesto.com/2013/03/03/oven-roasted-vegan-potato-wedges/

Grocery list:

For the sausage and veggies:

-1 red potato: 0.60

-1 package green beans: $2.99

-1 head broccoli: $3.49

-2 bell peppers: $2.99

-1 12. oz package smoked sausage: $6.49

-Olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, and red pepper flakes: Pantry staples

For the roasted potato wedges:

4 red potatoes:$2.40

Olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder: Pantry staples

Total cost: $18.96

Get the recipe.

19. One-Pot Chicken and Potatoes

Grocery list:-8 chicken thighs: $9.78-8 large potatoes: $4.77-1 bag large carrots: $1.59-1 onion: $0.79-1 bulb garlic: $0.60-Salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil: Pantry staplesTotal cost: $17.53Get the recipe.
Let The Baking Begin / Via letthebakingbeginblog.com

Grocery list:

-8 chicken thighs: $9.78

-8 large potatoes: $4.77

-1 bag large carrots: $1.59

-1 onion: $0.79

-1 bulb garlic: $0.60

-Salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil: Pantry staples

Total cost: $17.53

Get the recipe.

20. Creamy Spinach Tortellini

Grocery list:1 package cheese tortellini: $3.491 8 oz. package cream cheese: $3.291 can chicken stock: $3.191 bag baby spinach: $3.991 bag mozzarella cheese: $4.19Total cost: $18.15Get the recipe.
Cooktoria / Via cooktoria.com

Grocery list:

1 package cheese tortellini: $3.49

1 8 oz. package cream cheese: $3.29

1 can chicken stock: $3.19

1 bag baby spinach: $3.99

1 bag mozzarella cheese: $4.19

Total cost: $18.15

Get the recipe.

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