Your responses to our Facebook conversations yesterday inspired the idea for this post.

If you’re a mom who is looking for ideas to build your menu plan, here are ninety healthy recipes to get you started!

I pulled these recipes out of my four menu planning ebooks.

These are favorites my family enjoys frequently throughout the year.

Most of the recipes are gluten-free, and they all feature healthy, real food!

90 Healthy, Frugal Meal Ideas for Busy Moms | Kristy's Cottage blog

To make your menu planning as easy as possible, I categorized the meal ideas and recipes into lists (breakfast, quick lunches, slow cooker recipes, etc).  

You will find each of these ninety recipes (plus a few more!), along with menu plans and  grocery shopping lists, in my menu planning ebooks bundle.

For simple tips on building a do-able menu plan, read this and this.

Ready?  Here we go!


1. Kristy’s Really Green Breakfast Shake

2. Baked Oatmeal

3. Blender Banana Bread

4. Gluten-free Banana Muffins

5. Vanilla Spice Granola

6. Oat Flax Muffins

7. Berry Medley Granola

8. Crunchy Cranberry Chia Granola

9. Winter Cream of “Wheat”

10. Yogurt Parfaits with Granola

11. Pumpkin Spice Waffles

12. German Pancakes (Dutch Babies)

13. Cinnamon Donut Bake

14. Nutbutter Toast with a Twist

15. Maple Morning Oats

16. Pumpkin Spice Granola

17. “Live” Breakfast Smoothie

18. Buttermilk Flapjacks

19. Smarty Pants Pancakes (gluten-free)

20. Peanut Butter Granola 

Vanilla Spice Granola | 90 Healthy, Frugal Meal Ideas for Busy Moms | Kristy's Cottage blog


Mexican Rice & Cheese Wraps- a quick & healthy meal on a busy day!

Savory Chicken Soup | 90 Healthy, Frugal Meal Ideas for Busy Moms | Kristy's Cottage blog

Quick Lunch Recipes

21. Mexican Haystacks

22. Open Face Sloppy Joe’s

23. Layered Sandwiches

24. Pecan Salmon Patties and Steamed Peas

25. Mexican Rice & Cheese Wraps

26. Mom’s Hamburger Packs (for the grill)

 27. Easy Marinated Meat for the Grill & Country Fried Squash

28. Creamed Pea Soup

29. Mexican Squash with Beef

30. Avocado Tacos

31. Grilled “Baked” Potatoes


Salads & Homemade Dressings/Sauces

32. Sunny Citrus Salad

33. Homemade Citrus Dressing

34. Kristy’s Basic Spinach Salad

35. After Christmas Salad

36. Strawberry Spinach Salad

37. Poppy Seed Dressing

38. Overnight Slaw

39. Mexican Medley Salad

40. Black Bean Salsa

41. Apple Cole Slaw

42. Pico de Gallo

43. Homemade Salsa (with hummus and tortilla chips!)

Slow Cooker & Soup Recipes

44. Mama’s Garden Soup

45. Spicy Vegetable Soup

46. Hearty Lentils

47. Turkey Chili

48. Savory Chicken Soup

49. Easy Chicken & Dumplin’s

50. Slow Cooker Tomato Bisque

51. Chili Verde

52. Beef & Barley Soup (with Southern Biscuits)

53. Curried Lentils (with Buckwheat Corn Muffins)

54. Easy Barbeque Chicken (and Crumb-topped Veggie Medley)

55. Purple Hull Peas & Garlic

56. Chicken & Lentil Soup

57. Chicken Salsa Soup

58. Comforting Winter Soup


Homemade Pizza Recipes

59. Kristy’s Homemade Pizza

60. Quick Homemade Pizza Sauce

61. Stir & Roll Pizza Crust

62. Personal Pizzas with Whole Grain, Gluten-free Crust

63. Mama’s Supreme Pizza

Skillet & Stovetop Recipes  

64. Summer Skillet Combo

65. Turkey Meat Loaf Patties

66. Garden Skillet Spanish Rice

67. Stovetop Brown Rice & Chicken

68. Black Beans & Rice with Chicken

69. Stir Fried Beef & Spinach

70. Chicken & Brown Rice Pilaf

71. Garden Veggie Saute (and Buttermilk Cornbread)

 72. Okra Gumbo Skillet Dish



Healthy Dinner Recipes

73. Almond Autumn Vegetables (How to Cook Quinoa) 

74. Chicken Pot Pie (with Homemade Biscuit Topping)

75. Homemade Chicken Parmesaign & Crunchy Tossed Salad

76. Toasted Sesame Salmon & Parmesan Cauli & Squash

77. Basil Chicken with Carrots and Red Potatoes

78. One Dish Spanish Rice

79. Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice (with Bouillon-free Creamed Soup)

80. Home-style Shepherd’s Pie

81. Rosemary Herbed Roast  and Scalloped Corn

82. Mini Meat Loaf Cups

83. No Fuss Chicken & Rice

84. Lemon Broiled Fish with Mediterranean Rice and Honey-Glazed Green Beans & Carrots

85. Grilled Chicken Kabobs

86. Herbed Chicken & Quinoa

87. Creamy Noodle Bake

88. Veggie Sketti  and Herbed Green Beans

89. Chicken Cacciatore with Garlic, Peas and Carrots

90. Soaked & Steamed Brown Rice


Menu Planning Bundle
Menu Planning Bundle
This bundle includes all FOUR of our seasonal menu planning ebooks and features over 120 whole food recipes for the frugal family! Recipes are gluten-free or include gluten-free variations. Bundle includes: The Cottage Mama's Spring, Summer, Homeschool, and Fall & Winter Menu Plan ebooks. Over 200 pages collectively.
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5 thoughts on “90 Healthy, Frugal Meal Ideas for Busy Moms

  1. Great article! I am a working mom and struggling on preparing healthy foods for my kids. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 10:18 am
  2. Great article! I am a working mom and struggling on preparing healthy foods for my kids. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 10:17 am
    1. I’m so glad you found this article helpful, Dina!

      Posted on May 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm
  3. Just popped over from the “Hearts for Home Link Up” – some great recipe ideas here. Love the “Whole Foods in the Fast Lane” concept! 🙂

    Posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:01 am
  4. Thank you for these menus and ideas! I am on a journey to better eating habits and these menus will help! God bless you BIG time. Visiting from “Hearts for Home” and glad I did!

    Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:37 am