14 Frugal and Healthy Family-Friendly Recipes From Scratch
Creating a healthy, home-cooked meal can be a daunting and potentially difficult task. Here you'll find fourteen recipes that are simple, easy, and use quality ingredients. Some have meat, some are gluten-free, and some are vegetarian—but they can all be modified to fit your needs or whatever food is in season. Enjoy!
Quick, Easy, Healthy, Cheap Recipes
- Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls
- Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna
- Inside-Out Zucchini Boats
- Marinated Tomato Basil Salad
- Grilled Vegetables and Smoked Cheddar Cheese Sausage Strata
- Spinach Pesto Pasta
- Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Butter Sauce
- Gluten-Free Pasta Using a Spaghetti Squash
- Crockpot Kale and Leek Noodle Soup
- Kale and Feta Pizza
- Jalapeno Popper Popcorn
- Gluten-Free Roasted Quaker Oat Turkey Thighs
- Greek Taboule-Filled Lettuce Boats
- No-Fry Vegetable and Beef Stir-Fry
1. Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls
This lazy cabbage roll recipe is so simple that anyone can make it. This recipe is for the people who want to provide a quick, nutritious meal to their family and get back in time for a football game.
This is a layered cabbage roll recipe. Let your children make it, and they will eat.
It could have a cheese or two of your choice on top, but I think that is not necessary for flavor.
2. Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna
This vegetarian lasagna is so good you won't miss the wheat-flour flat pasta at all. This is a recipe the whole family will love because you can put so much in it, like cauliflower, zucchini, tomatos, and spinach. You can customize it to suit everyone's tastes (hopefully!).
3. Inside-Out Zucchini Boats
These inside-out zucchini boats were discovered by accident. I wanted to make proper zucchini boats, but the zucchini I had was too small to put anything inside. So instead, I used the zucchini to stuff these meatloaf-esque dish.
4. Marinated Tomato Basil Salad
Marinated Tomato Basil Salad: Tomatoes pair exceptionally well with basil and parsley. Take a peak at this wonderful salad, and it will make your taste buds sing and your tummy feel great. Cider vinegar can aid in weight loss when you take a tablespoonful after meals.
5. Grilled Vegetables and Cheddar Cheese Smoked Sausage Strata Recipe
Strata is another name for bread pudding. In the good ole days, people would save their crusts and stale bread to make a pudding. It was very tasty. You can make a more flavorful strata by using grilled vegetables and smoked cheddar cheese sausage, instead of all that bread.
A time saver for this dish is to assemble it a day ahead. Then, when your company arrives for brunch, you pull it out of the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake for thirty minutes.
6. Spinach Pesto Pasta
Spinach Pesto Sauce is a delicious alternative to tomato-based pasta sauces. Most people make pesto out of basil, but I have been exploring new and wonderful ways to add more spinach to my diet. That's how I came up with this spinach-based pesto.
Spinach is low in calories. It also has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system and lower your high blood pressure. It has also been called the "colon's little broom" by some food experts.
The recipe I've linked you to also includes a brief guide on how to infuse your own olive oil with flavors instead of buying the high-cost brands at your grocery store.
7. Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Butter Sauce
Just because we are short on money doesn't mean we have to be short on the heath benefits and flavor of our foods. Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Buttery Sauce is an easy, healthy family recipe. Eating fish gives our bodies the fish oils we need to keep our joints from stiffening up as we grow older. Some doctors even recommend taking fish oil pills for joint pain. Cooking this recipe will help incorporate more fish into your diet.
8. Gluten-Free Pasta Using a Spaghetti Squash
If you have Celiac disease, the gluten in wheat, barley, and rye affects the functioning of your small intestine. This is serious and can cause digestive problems, skin rashes, weakness, and depression. The single treatment for Celiac is a gluten-free diet.
Being a pasta lover, Suzzycue also wanted to share this pasta recipe with people who have this condition. She was totally amazed how good spaghetti squash was to eat. It has a crunch like al dente spaghetti and pairs well with tomato and garlic sauces like typical pasta does.
9. Crockpot Kale and Leek Noodle Soup
This crockpot kale and leek noodle soup is a delight to make. Kale is a curly, hearty, fall leafy green that tastes sweeter if picked after the first frost. The leeks are just big scallions loaded in vitamin C. Putting it all in a crockpot melds the flavors together without losing nutrients like you would if you boiled kale in a pot on the stove. The perfect fall comfort food for your family.
10. Kale and Feta Pizza
Kale is a super food with many health benefits. Eating it provides fiber, vitamins A, K, C (which help to prevent cancer), and calcium to promote strong bones and teeth. Kale with Feta cheese pizza wins.
11. Jalapeno Popper Popcorn Recipe
Try this easy jalapeno popper popcorn recipe at your next party. It is sure to be a hit with the pepper lovers.
12. Gluten-Free, Roasted Quaker Oat Turkey Thighs
Sometimes roasting a whole turkey is too much food for a family of two. Being single, I still enjoy a good turkey meal. Here is a recipe for turkey leg or breast that you will love.
13. Greek Taboule-Filled Lettuce Boats
What is taboule? It is also spelled "tabbouleh" and is a Middle Eastern, whole-wheat salad made with bulgur wheat that you don't cook. It pairs well with cucumbers, tomatoes, and spices on top of romaine.
Bulgur wheat can be used to thicken stews, as stuffing for tomatoes or bell peppers, or to fill up zucchini boats. This grain can even be used as a hot breakfast cereal; consider topping it with nuts and dried fruits.
14. No-Fry Vegetable & Beef Stir Fry
This no-fry veggie and beef stir fry is perfect for a beginning cook. It can be hard to cook stir-fry perfectly with so many elements in play. Sometimes the carrots aren't quite done, but the mushrooms are so overcooked that they're falling apart. This recipe tries to save your veggies from such a fate by roasting them instead of stir-frying them.
My Experience as a Chef
Most of my life, I have done pretty physical work. Some of my that work experience includes a ten-year period working as a cook at nursing homes, cafeterias, and a sous chef in a local restaurant. I worked with a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of New York, specializing in French cuisine.
The sous chef was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned to take fresh local ingredients and turn them into easy, healthy recipes that you can do. The recipes that I'm sharing with you today are ones a few that I've gathered and have found to be quick, easy, healthy, and delicious.