Frugal Meals Master List

Several years ago I came up with a master list of all of the meals that we regularly make (or have made) and I thought I would share it with you! There are some recipes linked and many just in my mind (so if you’re interested, I can share with you).


Fried eggs, toast, and fruit

Scrambled eggs on corn tortillas

Breakfast tacos 

Whole Wheat Banana Pumpkin Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Crumb Muffins

Pancakes (homemade)

Baked pancakes 

Homemade granola and Greek yogurt (homemade or store bought)

Homemade biscuits

Green smoothies

Peanut Butter Baked oatmeal

Breakfast Cookies

Instant pot oatmeal

Homemade cinnamon rolls



Sandwiches (PB&J, PB & honey, uncured lunch meat and cheese, etc)

Finger foods (hard boiled eggs, lunch meat/salami/summer sausage, cheese, veggies/fruits)

English muffin pizzas


Salad with beans and lots of veggies (add chicken sometimes)


Burrito bowls (homemade pinto beans, rice, avocado, diced tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream)

Homemade Ramen

Pasta and homemade sauce

Homemade pizza


Roast with potatoes and carrots


Southwestern soup

Homemade pulled pork

Tomato soup and grilled cheese (with homemade bread)

Hot dogs (uncured)

Hamburgers (on homemade buns)

Breakfast for dinner (Brinner)


Homemade sloppy Joes (on homemade buns)

Shepherd’s Pie

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Sausage, peppers, potatoes, onions

Sausage and cabbage 

Skillet chicken (chicken breast with canned diced tomatoes)

Beef and veggie soup

Chicken and rice

Venison (or Beef) Stew

Whole roasted chicken

Salsa chicken on tortillas

Roasted/grilled chicken thighs

Grilled or pan seared pork chops

Potato and ham cream cheese soup


Beef tacos

Chicken tacos

Fish tacos

Pan-seared lemon pepper chicken breast or salmon

Finger Foods

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken pot pie

King Ranch Chicken

Black bean veggie couscous 

Black bean wraps and Lentil/Rice Casserole

Bean burritos


Apples with PB

Banana with PB

Raw fruit

Raw veggies and hummus or ranch

Roasted chickpeas

Homemade granola bars

Homemade graham crackers

Homemade “wheat thins”


Hard boiled eggs


String cheese

Cheese and crackers

Cubed cheddar

Homemade trail mix

Brined and roasted nuts


PB & Honey

Homemade muffins

Apple sauce

Greek yogurt 

Breakfast cookies

Homemade Breads:

White wheat bread

Basic white bread

Flour tortillas

Corn Tortillas

2 thoughts

  1. This is a really good idea! Your kids will love having this list as they go out on their own. Capturing family recipes to ensure that the next generation can make them is the whole reason I started my blog, waaaaaay later in the process than you. Awesome sauce!

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