10 Family Dinners for Under $10

Here at StyleHunter Collective we’re all about delicious food… but to get our tick of approval, it’s also got to be budget-friendly. We’ve put together a list of our favourite family dinners that cost less than $10 to make (and we think you’re going to love them!)

Family dinners for less than $10


1. Tuna Pasta Bake

Save yourself a pretty penny by buying tinned tuna – it’s so much cheaper than the fresh variety and makes this pasta bake recipe a breeze. And of course we all know that pasta is the perfect way to fill up a family for next to nothing. Add in some frozen peas and corn for an added vegetable boost (chopped carrots and capsicum are also delicious).


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2. Curried Sausages

You can always buy sausages incredibly cheap. Add in a few pantry staples for a meal the whole family will love.


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3. Pumpkin Soup

Roast your pumpkins in the oven for a beautifully rich and delicious pumpkin soup. This meal is budget-friendly and perfect for those cold winter nights. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers.


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4. Baked Potatoes

For an easy midweek meal, it’s hard to beat a good old baked potato. Fill them with homemade coleslaw, grated cheese and a little dollop of sour cream for a super yummy finish. If you have any leftover bolognese sauce, fill them with that instead and top with grated cheese.


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5. Spaghetti Bolognese

Mince is a budget-friendly households best friend! You get a whole lot of meat for next to nothing. Make a big double batch of bolognese sauce using tinned tomatoes and chopped vegetables (using any vegetables you have leftover in the fridge). Use half of the bolognese sauce with your spaghetti and freeze the remaining half for lasagne or baked potatoes.


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6. Fried Rice

Ditch the expensive takeaway and make your own fried rice. It will taste even better than the bought version… and best of all, it will make a huge amount (which is perfect for feeding all of those hungry little mouths!).


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7. Bangers and Mash

There’s a reason that the good old bangers and mash has stood the test of time. Not only does it taste yummy, it’s also very wallet-friendly. Buy potatoes in bulk bags for extra savings.


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8. Homemade Baked Beans

Making your own healthy baked beans is a great way to save money AND make sure your family is eating lots of vegetables. These taste great and you can eat any leftovers for breakfast the next day.


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9. Frittata

Frittatas are hands-down the best way to use up any leftover vegetables you have in the fridge. Add a little grated cheese over the top for an extra yummy taste.


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10. Quesadillas

The thing I love the most about quesadillas is that you can throw anything you like in and they’ll taste great! Try adding corn, grated cheese, leftover meat, capsicum, spinach and more!


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What are your favourite budget-friendly dinners?



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Lucy is a trained primary school teacher with a passion for baking. Lucy began her blog, Bake Play Smile, in 2013 and it has since grown into one of Australia’s most recognised food blogs. Bake Play Smile is all about fun, food and happiness. Lucy’s recipes have earned national acclaim through a number of awards and publications. She was a winner of the 2015 Best Recipes ‘Home Cook Hero’ competition in Super Food Ideas magazine, a Top 5 Finalist for the 2014 Mamamia Food Blogger Competition, a Top 5 Food Blogger on Every Recipe, and a Kidspot “Voices of 2014″ nominee.


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