Jump-start meal planning with these easy family dishes and our one-stop grocery shopping list.
Cost per serving: $1.32
This one dish diner is ready in only 15 minutes. The recipe calls for fresh baby spinach, but you can use frozen spinach, if you prefer. Thaw a 10-ounce box, squeeze greens dry and add as directed to the recipe.
See recipe: Spaghetti with Ricotta, Lemon and Spinach
Cost per serving: $2.43
If you don't care for lamb, just substitute beef. Buy stew mean, or cut chuck into cubes. Also, you can easily add more vegetables. Just toss in chopped parsnips, turnips or other root vegetables with the carrots. Or try baby potatoes. The Israeli couscous is great in this dish -- it's larger and thicker that standard couscous. But the regular variety works well, too, or try the whole wheat.
See recipe: Savory Lamb Stew
Cost per serving: $1.80
Make this kid-friendly meal in even less time. Instead of a single loaf, make minis. Mist a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray, divide the mixture among the cups and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. You can also switch up the dairy in the recipe. The yogurt gives this dish a tangy flavor, but you substitute milk if you prefer.
See recipe: Southwestern Meat Loaf
Cost per serving: $1.86
For even more flavor, try marinating the mushrooms in olive oil and balsamic vinegar before cooking. Just like a classic hamburger, these can easily have different versions. Try these vegetarian burgers with Swiss cheese, and toast whole-wheat English muffins instead of hamburger buns. Grilled onions also are delicious topping.
See recipe: Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Cost per serving: $2.21
Fresh herbs are best in this dish, but if you prefer to use dried, swap in about 2 1/2 tablespoons sage and 5 tablespoons parsley.
Serving Tips: For the most tender texture and tastiest flavor, be sure to allow enough time for the pork to rest before slicing it. This lets the juices in the meat redistribute, so you'll have a more delicious roast. use a thin, sharp knife to cut the meat.
See recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Cornmeal-Herb Crust
Cost per serving: 29¢
If you can't find toffee bits in your grocery store, buy a chocolate-covered toffee bar (such as Heath) and chop it up. Want to make the perfect shape cookie? Use a a small ice cream scoop to gather the dough into balls. the scoop delivers the same portion and shape every time so they'll look bakery-made.
See recipe: Toffee-Chocolate Chip Cookies