5 Family Meals Under $10

Planning your meals in advance for the week or the month can help you create healthy, quick meals and stay on budget.

Meal Planning Made Simple

Every day we are faced with dozens of decisions about food and the healthy choice is not always clear. It is easy to fall into food habits that don’t make us feel great and that aren’t always easy on your budget. Meal planning can make cooking easier and faster, because you don’t have to figure out what to cook with what you have on hand- you already know. This means you don’t need to go to the grocery store every day for ingredients, and potentially buy foods outside of your budget.

There is no one right way to menu plan. The recipes we have suggested are guides to help you plan meals in advance, but you do not need to make them all at once or even all in one week. Part of the joy of meal planning is figuring out what works best for you and your family. However you decide to use your ingredients, spending a couple minutes each week making a plan can simplify your cooking process and cut down on unnecessary costs.

Click on the CNP Meat Sauce Recipes Grocery List image for a downloadable shopping list.

CNP Meat Sauce Recipes Grocery List

Recipes for $10 or Under

CNP Meat Sauce Recipes

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CNP Meat Sauce

Our base for the following recipes makes meal prepping throughout the week or month simple and fast!

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Pasta Fagioli

Quickly put together a dinner in minutes with this tasty dish.

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Beef and Bean Burritos

Comforting and classic, these can be made in advance and reheated for a quick meal.

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Taco Soup

Cook this soup and freeze in family size portions for easy meals later.

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Spaghetti with CNP Meat Sauce

Cook your sauce in advance to freeze, then reheat and serve over noodles for a fast but filling meal.

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Chili Baked Potatoes

Start with our CNP chili, and add to baked potatoes for a hearty meal.

Past Recipe Focuses

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Ground Beef

Then click the links below for the recipes:
University of Wyoming Extension & Cent$ible Nutrition Program

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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