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  • Recipes
  • Ingredients
  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Beef mince

These delicious meatballs are infused with great spices and chilli flavours. They go well with boiled rice and stir fried vegetables on the side! Yummy for dinner!

Guangdong Province, China

6 people made this

IngredientsServes: 3

  • 500g beef mince
  • 5 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 5 bird's eye chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks lemon grass
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped root ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 handful freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Put all the ingredients listed above into a big mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Take one spoonful of the meat mixture at a time and roll into a meatball (depending the size you want).
  3. Place them carefully into a hot frying pan and cook for about 10 minutes each side.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serving suggestion

To make the beef balls even more tasty, simply add some chopped onions into the hot frying pan 3 minutes before the beef balls are ready!

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Reviews in English (2)

Glad that you tried this recipe my friend-28 Mar 2011

mmm, i tried these, and they are splendid, cant get enough of the juiceh spiceh meatehball..-28 Mar 2011

Fried Meatballs

This is a Chinese meatball recipe with ground pork and spiced with five-spice powder.

Fried meatballs is a homey recipe, one that you can prepare every day for your family without much hassle: a recipe that is great for children and adults alike.

I finished almost half of the serving just as soon as the meatballs were out of the wok it&rsquos delicious as is, and great as an entree for home-cooked Chinese meal. You can also serve this meatball as an appetizer&hellip

The only special ingredient in this fried meatball recipe is the fish paste, which makes the fried meatball extra yummy.

I use frozen fish paste. If you can&rsquot find it, you can also substitute it with minced shrimp. Enjoy!

Kaffir Leaves? Lemongrass?

I know that at home in Canada at least, these are two ingredients that aren’t cooked with all that often, which is a shame because they are such beautiful flavorful additions!


Kaffir lime leaves can be found in the produce section of your grocery store near the lemongrass. If you can’t find any, just use regular lime juice. If you have any Asian markets nearby, you can always find them there.


Lemongrass is a stiff grass native to India and is usually used as a herb in Asian Cuisine. It’s citrusy with a lemony flavor and it tastes like a mix of lemon and lemon mint. Lemongrass is also very fragrant. You’ll want to remove it before eating the dish.

What makes these Vietnamese Meatballs so frickin' awesome?

  • The flavor. Seriously. Think lemongrass, onions, garlic, and ginger whizzed around in your food processor until they're a paste. Flavor bomb.
  • Fish sauce. Yes, this belongs in the awesome category. It's stinkier than the month-old leftovers you forgot about in the back of your fridge but for some reason it makes everything taste better. Weird and awesome.
  • They're flexible! I love them made with ground pork, but beef and chicken are great, too.
  • Pan frying these babies keeps them super tender.
  • They're perfect little balls of deliciousness. Cooking them in a frying pan (rather than baking them) prevents them from having flat spots and makes sure they brown all over.
  • You can eat them with … everything! Well, almost everything. Think sandwiches, pizza, noodles, nachos, tacos, fries, lettuce wraps, ramen, as an appy. Let your mind go wild with possibility.

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Steamed Eggplant, Hunan Style

Hunan steamed eggplant is a spicy dish with strong flavors that goes beyond boring. Chinese or purple Japanese eggplants are the best choice. They cook up quickly and are tender and soft to soak up that delicious Hunan style dressing! This recipe is one of my absolute favorite Chinese go to’s from Bill of the Woks of Life


2 medium Chinese or Japanese eggplants
2 tablespoon s canola oil
¼ teaspoon roasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoon s homemade hot chili oil
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoon s soy sauce
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped long hot green peppers
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small Thai bird chili, chopped (only if you like it really spicy!)


Cut your Japanese or Chinese eggplants into 3-inch pieces and then cut them into quarters length.

Prepare your wok or large covered pot pan for steaming (or use a metal steamer or dedicated steaming kitchen gadget, if you have one).
Steam the eggplant for 10 minutes, or until soft. You can serve the eggplant on the same plate, or transfer it to a serving plate. If transferring your steamed eggplant to a serving plate, be sure to include any liquid from the steamed eggplant.
Heat the canola and sesame oil in a wok or saucepan over medium high heat and add the fresh ginger and sesame seeds.

After 15-20 seconds, stir in the hot chili oil, sesame paste, soy sauce, salt, and sugar until well combined.
Once the sauce begins to simmer, turn off the heat and stir in the finely chopped peppers, garlic, half of the scallions, and the black beans. Add the Thai chili only if you like your food super spicy, because they are extra spicy and your dish will already be on the spicy side without them!

Pour the sauce over the eggplant and top the rest with scallions.

Sweet and Sour Tofu by Rhian’s Recipes

If you’re still on the fence about tofu this sweet and sour tofu is a game changer. The sauce is a salty-sweet, tangy with a hint of spice and transforms the tofu from bland to incredible! This international recipe tops my favorite tofu dish for it’s health and flavor factor. It also is refined sugar free and much healthier than traditional sweet and sour sauce that you’re accustomed to in restaurants.

20 Minute Vegan Curry Noodles

Noodles are the ingredients to many international recipes and one of the most versatile foods in the world that I could not live without! Enjoy these amazing noodle recipes in soups or as a main dish or stir fry. Some are even vegan and gluten free! Simple to make at home there’s no need for take out or a passport!

  • Olive oil –We want a nice neutral tasting oil to cook down our other ingredients listed below.
  • Pork –We’re using ground pork today for all that flavor and a nice moist addition.
  • Mirepoix –The flavor base of nearly any sauce, soup, or stew. Carrots, onion, and celery diced up fine.
  • Seasoning –Salt and pepper.
  • Herbs –Dried oregano and basil for flavor concentrate that won’t burn.
  • Broth –Beef broth, low sodium so we can control the sodium content of our dish.
  • Wine –We’re using a nice lush, full bodied red wine today. Look for something on the drier side.
  • Red pepper flakes –This will add some great heat to our dish, feel free to use as much or as little of this ingredient as you like.
  • Tomatoes –1 can of tomato juice.
  • Pasta –I’m using orzo today, it’s small enough to cook down in our ragu and absorb all of that amazing sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese –Totally optional as garnish but let’s be honest, is Parmesan ever truly optional on a pasta dish?
  • Hot sauce –Use whatever brand you prefer, my favorite is sriracha.
  • Parsley –Fresh and chopped up fine.

Another great thing about this recipe, besides it being, quick, one pot and delicious, is the fact that it’s quite versatile. Although I give you a basic recipe here, feel free to add what you’d like to bulk it up a bit!


You can use ground beef, chicken, or turkey in place of the pork. If you’re using poultry, add an extra 2 tbsp of olive oil to cook the meat.


You don’t just have just use orzo, you can use some other starches if you’d like! I’m just obsessed with orzo lately, because you know what, it only takes about 6 minutes to cook!

Heavenly Vietnamese beef meatballs recipe - Recipes

This beef stew has surpassed a Corsican stew, beef with red peppers stewed in red wine, as my new favorite. A simple stew with chunks of beef and carrots simmered in a tomato and onion paste seasoned with classic Asian spices – Chinese five spice powder, ginger, star anise and of course fish sauce. Like the recipe for beef broth, the simmering pot perfumes the house with a spicy-homey fragrance. Great for a hearty Sunday dinner on a cold night. Serve with rice, potatoes or bread- to soak up the yummy sauce – and a crisp green salad.

Beef Stewed with Tomato, Star Anise and Lemongrass
Based on the recipe in Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen

Can be prepared a day or two in advance to more easily remove excess fat and meld flavors.

2 1/3 lb boneless beef chuck, well trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch chunks

1 stalk lemongrass, loose leaves discarded, cut into 3 inch lengths, and pounded with the broad side of a chef’s knife
3 T fish sauce
1 ½ t Chinese five-spice powder
2 ½ T peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 ½ t brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Vegetable oil for pan frying
1 yellow onion, minced
1 14 oz. can crushed tomato
2 star anise
3 c water
1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
¼ c cilantro, coarsely chopped
Salt to taste

In a bowl large enough to hold the beef chunks, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the beef and mix to coat evenly.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Brown the beef chunks in batches, working quickly to prevent the bottom of the pan from burning, about 3 minutes per batch. Place browned chunks on a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Keep the lemongrass and bay leaf, discarding any remaining marinade.

Add the onion to the Dutch oven and cook over medium low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomato stir to combine cover and cook for 12-14 minutes. Occasionally stir or add a splash of water to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should have the consistency of a chunky paste.

Return the beef, lemongrass and bay leaf to the Dutch oven adding the star anise. Stir and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes to develop the flavors. Add the water, stir and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 1 ¼ hours until the beef is chewy – slightly undercooked.

If you want to remove additional fat from the stew, stop the cooking process here and cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Skim the fat before reheating.

Bring the stew to a simmer and add the carrots. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes until the sauce has reduced some and the beef and carrots are tender. Correct the seasoning and add the cilantro. Serve with the starch of your choice.

The History of Pho

Surprisingly, pho is traditionally served for breakfast in Vietnam (although the noodles are now consumed at all hours). Pho is often believed to be partially inspired by the French dish, pot de feu. Vietnam was colonized by France in the late 19 th century and the culinary influences of that era still reside today, evidenced by Vietnam’s vibrant coffee culture and Vietnamese style baguettes.

The first pho came from the Nam Dinh and Hanoi regions of North Vietnam. This northern version, known as pho bac, is simple — beef broth accompanied by noodles and thin slices of beef. Southern pho, called pho nam, is more elaborate and seasoned with additional spices and herb garnishes. In America, Southern pho is the most popular version since most Vietnamese Americans immigrated from South Vietnam after the Vietnam War.

56 Cheap and Easy Family Meals


1. Banana Nut Oatmeal (Freebie Finding Mom) – I love this cheap family meal because the crockpot does most of the work, and it makes your house smell absolutely amazing. Trust me, waking up to the aroma of this recipe is a great way to start the day.

2. French Toast Casserole (Freebie Finding Mom) – There’s no reason cheap and easy family meals can’t be decadent. This crock pot recipe is a simple way to enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast any day of the week.

3. Breakfast Casserole (Freebie Finding Mom) – Don’t let the long list of ingredients in this recipe fool you this really is a cheap and easy family meal. Tip: Freeze leftovers for an even quicker breakfast option.

4. Breakfast Pizza (Freebie Finding Mom) – Have a picky eater on your hands? If so, this cheap family meal may work wonders for getting him or her to eat a vegetable or two. Simply allow your child to help pick the ingredients and decorate the pizza and he or she will be much more likely to eat it.

5. Simple Cinnamon French Toast (My Heavenly Recipes) – This cheap and easy family meal requires just 5 minutes of prep time, so it’s perfect when you’re facing a time crunch. Tip: Leftovers can be frozen and used later so consider making a double or even triple batch.

6. Blueberry Pancakes (My Heavenly Recipes) – Believe it or not, thanks to this cheap and easy family meal, you’re just 15 minutes away from homemade blueberry pancakes. The blueberries add a touch of sweetness which helps alleviate the need for tons of sugary syrup.

7. Southwest Style Breakfast Casserole (Caroline’s Cooking) – Spice up your day with this cheap family meal that only requires 5 minutes of prep time. This recipe does need to cook for approximately 40 minutes, so I would recommend waking up, throwing this recipe together, sticking it in the oven, and then getting ready for your day. By the time you’re ready this casserole will be too.

8. Beef Stew (Freebie Finding Mom) – Want a hearty and healthy dinner for your family? Consider this cheap and easy family meal. Simply add the ingredients to the crockpot in the morning and when dinner time rolls around you’ll have an irresistible stew ready to go.

9. Sweet and Spicy Beef and Peppers (Freebie Finding Mom) – If you’re tired of the same-old, same-old for dinner, I highly recommend this cheap and easy family meal. It’s a fusion of classic beef stew and Chinese takeout. I know, I know… it sounds strange but sometimes strange is good (really good)!

10. Stretch Your Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe (Thrifty Jinxy) – There’s a reason sloppy Joes are a classic, am I right? Make this cheap family meal even cheaper by stretching your ground beef with bulgur wheat. Oh, and don’t forget the napkins!

11. Homemade Beef Stew (Smart Party Planning) – Can’t get enough beef stew? I can’t blame you it is delicious and pretty darn good for you as well. Here’s another take on this cheap and easy family meal that requires just 10 minutes of prep time.

12. Homemade Hamburger Helper (Sincerely Jean) – Save money by making your own hamburger helper at home with the help of this cheap and easy family meal. Tip: If you want to cut calories, consider using ground chicken or turkey instead of ground beef.

13. Beef Stroganoff in Crock Pot Dinner Recipe (Coupon Cravings) – Admittedly, this cheap family meal is a little “Plain Jane” but it really packs a punch in terms of flavor. Throw the ingredients in the cock pot before work and you’ll come home to a tasty dinner.

14. Shredded Beef Enchiladas: Crock Pot Dinner (Coupon Cravings) – You only need 6 ingredients and 6 steps to pull off this cheap and easy family meal. While I haven’t tried it, I think you could easily swap the beef for chicken or pork if you prefer a different meat option.

15. Steak & Chicken Kabobs (My Heavenly Recipes) – You may love steak but your wallet probably isn’t the biggest fan, am I right? Save money while enjoying steak with this cheap and easy family meal. Since you only use a little steak on each kabob, you’ll be able to purchase less (thereby saving money).

16. Homemade Manwich (My Heavenly Recipes) – Not only is this a cheap family meal but it is also easy and healthy (compared to buying a can of Manwich at the supermarket). This may be a great option when you need a quick dinner idea since it only requires 6 ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen.

17. Crock Pot Pot Roast (My Heavenly Recipes) – Having family over for dinner tonight? No worries! This cheap and easy family meal is made to feed a crowd, and the slow cooker does 90% of the work. Note: Unfortunately, the slow cooker will not do the dishes.

18. Healthy Meatloaf (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Meatloaf gets a healthy makeover in this cheap family meal option. Tip: Make the meatloaf even leaner by opting for ground chicken or turkey instead of beef.

19. Meat Lasagna (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – I bet you thought lasagna was strictly a weekend dinner option due to the amount of time it typically takes. However, thanks to this cheap and easy family meal recipe, you can enjoy a hearty serving of lasagna any night.

20. Beef Pho Recipe (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Feeling exotic? Take a trip, without breaking the bank, thanks to this cheap and easy family meal. In case you didn’t know, Pho is a Vietnamese soup made from beef stock and spices with noodles, vegetables, and beef slices.

21. Easy Homemade Hamburger Pie (Cleverly Simple) – Hamburger helper meets pot pie in this cheap family meal. In addition to being an affordable dinner option, this recipe is also quick. The chef says she can get it on the table in right around 30 minutes.

22. Crockpot Beef Stew (Cleverly Simple) – Feel like curling up with a steaming bowl of stew? Look no further than this cheap and easy family meal which requires just 4 steps. Tip: The chef behind this recipe recommends “no peeking” – meaning you shouldn’t lift the lid off of the slow cooker while the stew is cooking. This is honestly a good tip for anything you make in your crockpot unless the recipe specifically tells you to stir or add ingredients while cooking.

23. Basic Italian Meatballs (Mission to Save) – Keep a batch of this cheap and easy family meal in the freezer to pull out when you need dinner fast. The meatballs can be used in a variety of ways including with spaghetti and subs.

24. Easy Biscuit Beef Bundles (Mission to Save) – Trying to use up odds and ends in your fridge? This cheap family meal is a great way to do that as you can easily use any vegetables you have on hand and swap the ground beef for ground chicken or turkey. Bonus: Your kids may get a kick out of the little mini pies and actually eat a veggie or two.

25. Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff “Mock Stroganoff” (Mission to Save) – You can put together this cheap and easy family meal with just 10 minutes of prep time. Tip: The chef recommends making this meal even quicker and easier by preparing ground beef ahead of time and then freezing it (so in this case you’d just defrost and add to the recipe).

26. Classic Chipped Beef on Toast (Mission to Save) – I’ll admit that this cheap and easy family meal isn’t the healthiest of options. However, it’s totally okay to indulge yourself and your taste buds once in a while! Trying to eat strictly healthy 100% of the time is bound to lead to failure plus, it’s no fun!

27. Beef Fajitas with Homemade Tortilla Chips (Frugal Minded Mom) – Whether you’re whipping up a meal for your family or an appetizer for a party, this cheap family meal is a great option. Tip: Add flavor to your homemade tortilla chips by adding different spices. For example, achieve a hint of lime by adding a little fresh lime juice.


28. No-Boil Crockpot Baked Ziti (Thrifty Jinxy) – Craving some homemade Italian food complete with cheesy goodness? This cheap and easy family meal is a great way to enjoy this Italian favorite without all the time and effort it would usually require. Tip: Serve with a salad to get in some much needed veggies.

29. Easy Cheesy 5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake (Two Healthy Kitchens) – This pizza pasta hybrid is a delicious cheap and easy family meal. As is, this recipe is definitely light on the veggies however, I think you could modify it to include some additional “toppings” like onions and peppers. Otherwise, follow the recipe as is and serve with a salad.

30. Easy Zucchini Kale Pasta (Smart Party Planning) – Here’s another meatless option that is a healthy and cheap family meal. Kale is rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and B6 making it a welcome addition to any recipe. Bonus: You can be enjoying this dish in just 20 minutes.

31. Pesto Pasta Recipe with Avocado, Parmesan, Romano & Tomatoes (Happy Deal – Happy Day!) – This cheap and easy family meal is so tasty your family probably won’t realize it’s meatless. The avocados take the nutritional value up a notch (they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acid, oleic acid, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin c, and much more) as well as add a creamy rich taste and texture.

32. Cheesy Pasta Bake (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Not only is this cheap and easy family meal delicious, it is also super customizable. You can add your choice of meat or leave meat out to please vegetarians (or save additional money). You can also add in additional vegetables to suit your tastes. Bonus: It is also a freezer-friendly meal meaning you can easily freeze leftovers and use later.

33. Fettucine Pasta With Meatballs (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – There’s a reason spaghetti and meatballs are a classic combination, am I right? Treat your family to this beloved dish without spending tons of time or money. The crockpot will do the bulk of the work and this cheap family meal only requires a few ingredients.

34. Hillshire Farms Gourmet Creations Sausage Pasta Meal (Everyday Savvy) – When you’re looking for cheap and easily family meals the trick is to be creative and be willing to try new things. The second part isn’t always easy when you’re dealing with a picky eater (or multiple picky eaters). This is one of those dishes that sounds yummy to me, but I’m honestly not sure my son would eat even a bite. When you encounter recipes like this, consider saving them for date night.

35. Lasagna Casserole (My Heavenly Recipes) – The chef behind this cheap and easy family meal has creatively turned lasagna into a budget friendly casserole. This is an excellent meal option if you need to feed a crowd (or a teenager) or want leftovers.

Soups and Stews

36. Turkey Chili (Freebie Finding Mom) – I love chili. It’s great for tailgating parties or just cuddling up on the couch with a good book. In my case, that “good book” is usually written by Dr. Seuss thanks to my little man but still…. Anyway, back to chili. This cheap family meal is given a healthy twist thanks to the use of ground turkey in place of ground beef.

37. Ham and Potato Soup (Freebie Finding Mom) – If you have leftover ham, this cheap and easily family meal is a yummy way to use it up. Once you add the ingredients to the slow cooker you can go about your day with no additional input until about 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve dinner.

38. Irish Lamb Stew (Smart Party Planning) – If you’re up for trying something new, I highly recommend this cheap and easy family meal. This is a great introductory dish to lamb if you’ve never had it before.

39. Ivars Clam Chowder (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Warm up with this hearty cheap family meal. Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients, it really isn’t that hard to prepare and is well worth the effort!

40. Slow Cooker Ham Soup (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – One way to save money on meat is to buy it in large quantities. For example, in the long run, it is cheaper to buy a whole chicken than a chicken breast. Unfortunately, when you’re buying large quantities of meat you run the risk of letting it go to waste which will definitely not save you money. If you’re looking to use up leftovers (in this case ham), here’s another cheap and easy family meal that’ll come in handy.

41. Chunky Crockpot Chili (Mission to Save) – In my opinion, you can never have too many chili recipes. First off, most chili recipes are cheap and easy family meals. Second off, they’re all a little different. You have your vegetarian chilis, spicy chilis, chicken chilis, and on and on. Here’s another chili recipe to add to your stockpile.

42. Slow Cooker Vegan Barley Stew (Mama Likes to Cook) – Yes, believe it or not, there are vegan cheap family meals. Here’s one that any vegan (and even non-vegans) is sure to love!

43. Vegetarian Crockpot Chili with Bulgur Wheat (Thrifty Jinxy) – There are tons of variations on vegetarian chili out there, but I really like this one because the addition of bulgur wheat helps create the consistency of “real” (meat) chili without the actual meat. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, this cheap and easy family meal is definitely worth trying.

44. Simple Chili Recipe (My Heavenly Recipes) – Intimidated by the thought of making chili? If you’re a novice chef or simply not very confident in your chili cooking abilities than this cheap and easy family meal recipe is for you. It’s simple, quick, and nearly fool-proof.

45. Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Whether you’re addicted to Panera’s broccoli cheese soup or just broccoli cheese soup in general, this cheap family meal is a winner. This recipe also makes a great lunch option so think ahead and make a batch on Sunday to take to the office throughout the week.

46. Copycat Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Copycat recipes, like this one, can be a fantastic way to enjoy your favorite restaurant foods in the comfort of your own home. Copycat recipes will also save you money, so there’s really no reason not to try them. This cheap and easy family meal is pretty impressive and would make a great choice if you’re having company over for dinner.

47. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili (Happy Deal – Happy Day!) – There’s no denying this is a cheap family meal. You can make this yummy dish for less than $1 per serving (according to the chef).

48. Easy Crockpot Potato Soup (Cleverly Simple) – There’s just something really comforting about homemade potato soup. This soup could stand alone as a cheap and easy family meal, but you could also serve it with a salad and/or chicken.

49. Simple Split Pea Soup (Cleverly Simple) – One of the only perks to cold weather is that it makes it permissible to serve soup for dinner on a regular basis. This hearty recipe is definitely a cheap family meal that you’re going to love. It’s rich in flavor, filling, and will keep you warm on those long winter nights!

50. Southwestern Pinto Bean Soup (Cooking Mimi) – This cheap and easy family meal has just a hint of spice and is sure to get you out of that dinner rut. Tip: Choose vegetable broth (over chicken broth) in order to have a vegetarian-friendly dish.

51. Homemade Onion Soup Mix (The Holy Mess) – You can use this homemade onion soup mix in a variety of cheap and easy family meals in place of store bought soup packets. Tip: These packets would also make great frugal gifts, especially if the recipient enjoys cooking.

Side Dishes

52. Stovetop Mac N Cheese (My Heavenly Recipes) – Serve your cheap family meals with this frugal side dish. The chef says once you try this you’ll never go back to the store-bought variety again… and I believe her!

53. Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce (Sidewalk Shoes) – Think you have to be Julia Child to make your own marinara sauce? Think again! This recipe only takes 4 steps and can easily be mastered by beginners. This recipe would be great for many cheap and easy family meals including the spaghetti and meatballs meal mentioned previously.

54. Homemade Mashed Potatoes (My Heavenly Recipes) – Cheap and easy family meals don’t get much cheaper or easier than this. You only need 5 minutes of prep time to whip up creamy homemade mashed potatoes. Yum!

55. Homemade Hershey Chocolate Syrup (My Heavenly Recipes) – No list of cheap and easy family meals would be complete without at least a little something sweet. Instead of paying for name brand chocolate sauces and exposing your family to unpronounceable ingredients, make your own chocolate syrup with this simple recipe.

56. Homemade Garlic Bread (My Heavenly Recipes) – Bread has gotten a bad rep recently but I still love it. In my opinion, no Italian meal would be complete without a piece of garlic bread. If you agree, round out your cheap family meal with this simple garlic bread recipe.

Hopefully these 56 cheap and easily family meals show you how to make a meal your family will love without breaking the bank or spending your whole day in the kitchen.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration for cheap and easy family meals, be sure to check out:

Beef Jerky - Nua Kem เนื้อเค็ม

If you visit Thailand and get a chance to go to an open air market, you might see beef jerky being made -- drying on a flat bamboo tray. While the ingredients are the same, the steps below differ from what people really do in Thailand: in Thailand, the beef is sun dried. However the jerky tastes just about the same. This is a very simple dish that you can make as a big batch and freeze for later.

When you eat it, like with western beef jerky, you pull the strands apart.

There is another Thai version with honey, dark soy, fish sauce and coriander called heavenly beef, sweet meat or sweet meat jerky. The steps are the same.

When this is served as part of a meal, it is either served with sticky rice and a number of other dishes. As a snack, it is just served with sticky rice.


Either get very thin steaks or a roast from the butcher. Recently I have started asking my butcher to slice them thin for me. Slice the beef into thin, flat steaks 1/4 of an inch thick with the grain of the meat. Cut the sliced beef into rectangles about 3 inches by 4 inches. Sprinkle salt on each piece and marinade for at least half an hour.

Turn on oven to bake the lowest temperature you can get. It is 170 degrees on my gas oven. I found gas oven to give me better result than an electric one for beef jerky. Use the highest rack to keep the beef from cooking. Lay the beef on the rack with ample room between the pieces. Keep the oven door ajar the whole time to let the air circulate. It should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hour. The beef jerky should feel dry on the outside but somewhat soft when you press it. Drying the beef longer than an hour will result in dryer beef that splatters less when fried.

Uncooked beef jerky can be frozen and pan-fried directly from the freezer.

Pan fry the beef jerky and serve with regular rice or sticky rice.

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