10 Easy Dinner Ideas on a Budget

DIY Pizza

Don't shell out big bucks at a local pizza restaurant when you're too tired to cook. Instead, enlist the help of the entire family with a meal of mini pizzas. Start with white or whole-wheat English muffins, then top them with pizza sauce and cheese. Have everyone choose their own toppings, from broccoli to mushrooms to leftover chicken. This not only takes the pressure off Mom and Dad but may also help entice picky eaters to eat a full meal. Slide your mini pizzas onto a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes, or place them in a toaster oven until the bread is toasty and the cheese is melted and ready to eat.