8 Cheap Recipes That Will Fill Up The Whole Family

A pan full of cooked chicken and vegetables

It’s been a while since we last posted on the blog (nearly 8 months in fact!) so we thought it was time to share a few more of our favourite recipes. As this is EatBig we’ve chosen 8 meals that you can make in bulk for not too much money, and if we have the ingredients available you’ll see a link to where you can find the best deal. Enjoy!

1. Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

A plate of spaghetti

Our first dish takes just 5 minutes to prepare and can serve up to 4 people per batch, perfect for a quick family meal. You can get the full recipe here or check out our bulk deals on spaghetti here.


2. Roast Garlic Shepherd’s Pie


Second up is a nice homely meal that’s an absolute breeze to make! All you need is a few cheap ingredients and you can whip up a full meal in about an hour, 15 minutes of prep and 45 minutes in the oven, simple.

Click here to get the full recipe.


3. Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa


This next recipe does take a bit longer (around 1 hour and 15 minutes) but it’s super cheap to make and packs in lots of vitamins and nutrients, so it makes a great option for the kids. We’d recommend serving it with some thick crusty bread and a knob of butter, yum!

Click here for the full recipe.


4. Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Italian meatballs in a slow cooker

Next up is our first slow cooker recipe, slow cooked Italian meatballs. It takes just 15 minutes of prep before you can hand it off to the crock pot – then you just set it and forget it (for around 4 hours 15 minutes!). The only ingredient that may push the price up is the beef, if this is an issue you can always choose a mince with a higher fat content but we’d always advise going as lean as possible for the healthiest results.

We’d recommend serving with some sort of pasta or rice – we’ve got plenty of cheap bulk options available in our shop.

Click here for the full recipe.


5. One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

A pan full of cooked chicken and vegetables

Our next pick may look a bit tricky but it’s super simple to make and not too pricey either – you can have a plate ready in just 23 minutes! It’s pretty healthy too as the main ingredients are just chicken and vegetables with a handful of simple spices. Its simplicity makes it a great midweek option for the family. Click here for all the details.


6. Cauliflower Noodle Spinach Lasagne

A large plate of lasagne

Rustling up a hearty lasagne is always a great way to save a little more money. This particular recipe also goes a little bit further as it’s packed full of vitamins and nutrients. One downside may be that it’s slightly trickier to prepare but each batch serves 8 people so it’s definitely worth it. Just pop the leftovers in the fridge and you’ve got another night sorted. Click here for the full recipe.


7. One-Pan Cheesy Pasta Bolognese

A large pan of pasta bolognese

Pasta is probably one of the cheapest ways to bulk out a family meal so you’ve no doubt noticed that it’s featured quite prominently in our list! So, if you’re looking to go one step further and cook up something extra healthy we’d recommend looking at wholegrain or “brown” pasta. It’s got all the usual benefits of regular pasta but it’s less refined and takes longer to digest. This means your family will stay fuller for longer so you’ll get the most out of each meal. Try mixing it in with this bolognese recipe and see what you think.


8. Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Bake

A large batch of tortellini pasta

Last up is one of our favourites – Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini. It’s just so simple and easy to make, we absolutely love it! You can prep the whole meal in just 10 minutes and you don’t even have to worry about sides, perfect! All the steps are available here.



We hope you find some inspiration from the recipes above, remember cheap meals don’t have to be boring! With so many ideas to choose from we’ve no doubt missed some of your favourites so be sure to let us know what you like to make in the comments below.

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