3 Recipes Budget family batch cook meal plan

3 Recipes Budget family batch cook meal plan - Fitness Health

Discover an economical batch cooking meal plan designed with your family in mind. These three mouthwatering recipes are not only delicious but also crafted to keep your budget in check. Perfect for busy households, this meal plan allows you to prepare larger quantities, ensuring you have convenient and savory options ready to enjoy whenever you need them. Let's dive into the details of these wholesome and cost-effective recipes that promise both flavor and savings for your family meals.

Recipe 1: One-Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole




- 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
- 2 cups long-grain rice
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot, sauté diced chicken until browned. Remove from the pot and set aside.
2. In the same pot, add a bit of oil if needed and sauté onion, carrots, and bell pepper until softened.
3. Add minced garlic, dried thyme, and paprika. Stir well.
4. Pour in the rice and sauté for a couple of minutes until lightly toasted.
5. Return the browned chicken to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Pour in chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is cooked and chicken is tender.
7. Serve hot and enjoy!


Recipe 2: Vegetarian Chili


- 2 cans (15 oz each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions


1. In a large pot, sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic until softened.
2. Add kidney beans, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
4. Serve hot with your choice of toppings.


Recipe 3: Baked Ziti Casserole




- 1 lb ziti pasta, cooked al dente
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Fresh parsley for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In a skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey. Add diced onion and minced garlic, cooking until onion is translucent.
3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked ziti with the meat sauce.
5. Transfer half of the ziti mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella.
6. Add the remaining ziti mixture on top and finish with the rest of the mozzarella.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
8. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

These batch cook recipes are not only budget-friendly but also perfect for busy families. You can make larger quantities and freeze leftovers for quick and convenient meals.

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