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8 Budget-Friendly Weeknight Meal Ideas With Walmart Groceries

Charles loves to cook and enjoys trying new recipes every day. He specializes in recreating gourmet comfort food.

Weeknight Meal Ideas

Weeknight Meal Ideas

Think it's impossible to make budget-friendly meals that are easy and nutritious with ingredients found at Walmart? I have compared labels from Walmart's Great Value brand and have found that they meet or exceed the nutritional values of the name brand products almost every time. Feeding a family at Whole Foods or Wegmans can get expensive, especially if you have recently lost your job, had your hours cut back, or even if you would like to save yourself a couple of bucks. Check out these meals I frequently put together to save money and feed my family.

Easy Pennsylvania Dutch chicken and dumplings

Easy Pennsylvania Dutch chicken and dumplings

1. Easy Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken and Dumplings

This quick and easy budget-friendly dish is designed to satisfy even the heartiest appetite. The main ingredients can be found at Walmart for less than $10. Throw in some sauteed celery, onions, and carrots for a warm, delicious, hearty meal. Find my recipe for this easy weeknight meal below. This is one of my favorites.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 30 min Ready in: 1 hour Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 chicken thighs, baked and pulled from bone
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf, whole
  • 2 (10 to 14 oz) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (48 oz.) can chicken groth
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 package Pennsylvania Dutch egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sweet unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a 6-quart pot. Start by heating the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the celery, carrots and onion. Sautee until translucent, about 7 minutes.
  3. Put in the garlic and cook until the smell of garlic fills the room, about 3 minutes.
  4. Now add the cream of chicken soup, bay leaf and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to simmer.
  5. Next comes the chicken, half and half and the package of noodles, salt and pepper to taste, cover and simmer approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with fresh Italian or French bread and butter. Enjoy!
Spaghetti and meatballs with Ceasar salad and breadsticks

Spaghetti and meatballs with Ceasar salad and breadsticks

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

A quick weeknight meal doesn't have to break the the bank. This five-ingredient meal feeds four with leftovers for around $4 a person. Every ingredient in this quick meal is from Walmart's Great Value brand. Using prepackaged ingredients saves a ton of time without sacrificing flavor. Who doesn't love good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs in under an hour?

Burgers and fries

Burgers and fries

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3. Cheeseburgers and Fries

What beats burgers on the grill? The fact that you saved a ton of money at Walmart. This easy meal covers all the bases. From good quality frozen burgers to fresh lettuce and tomatoes. This meal comes in at around $4 per person for a family of four. Whip this up in less than an hour and the whole house will love you for it.

Hot dogs and baked beans

Hot dogs and baked beans

4. Hot Dogs and Baked Beans

To continue with your cookout theme, why not enjoy some quick hot dogs and beans. These Great Value dogs are uncured and don't include nitrates or nitrites, making them a healthier choice when serving them. Top them with sauerkraut, onions, and spicy mustard for a taste of New York. Serve them with delicious brown sugar and molasses baked beans for a meal that costs less than $2 a person and you can't go wrong.

Frozen pizza

Frozen pizza

5. Frozen Pizza

Mix and match from a huge selection of frozen pizzas from Walmart. Get ready for the game on Sunday with pizzas ranging from $3.98 to $6.98. Throw a couple of these guys in the oven tonight and save that delivery charge for some cold beverages to wash everything down with. Serve these frozen pizzas with some of your favorite chicken wings or a salad for a complete meal.

Chili and cornbread

Chili and cornbread

6. Chili and Cornbread

I make this chili many times during the fall and winter seasons. This was something my mom would make and I remember her fondly every time I have this meal. Inexpensive items and minimal prep make this a great weekend meal. Brown the meat and onions, try using a combination of different beans. Throw everything together in a crockpot and a heartwarming dinner is ready in hours. Top with golden corn, tangy sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, or toasty corn chips. Serve with Great Value sweet cornbread for a meal that clocks in at around $3 or less per serving for a family of four to six.

Jerk shrimp with red beans and rice

Jerk shrimp with red beans and rice

7. Caribbean Jerk Shrimp With Red Beans and Rice

Take a trip to the islands with pre-packaged ingredients from your local Walmart. Your family and guests would never think this was a budget meal. The frozen shrimp for $5.70 is a hidden gem for quick weeknight meals and the $2.24 red beans and rice from Zatarain's are authentic and taste like they are homemade. I like to serve this meal with some $1 frozen Great Value broccoli florets for a complete gourmet seafood meal that costs less than $10 for everything.

Vanilla pudding pie

Vanilla pudding pie

8. Vanilla Pudding Pie Dessert

This quick-prep, delicious dessert idea is made in minutes with most of the work done in the fridge. Every ingredient in this recipe is a Great Value brand. I mix this dessert up with different flavored pudding mixes like chocolate or pumpkin spice. Try slicing a couple of bananas and mixing them into the pudding before filling the crust. Top with whipped cream and this tasty sweet ending comes in at about $4 for the whole pie.

Happy Cooking!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope some of these ideas provide inspiration for feeding your family on a budget. Most, if not all of these ingredients and products can be found online and are available for pick up at the store or for delivery to your door.

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