Would You Prefer Quick, Healthy, Cheap, Easy or a All of the Above

When it comes to cooking for your family what would work best for you?

Recipes that are under 30 minutes ~ I mean who has time to cook anymore?

Recipes that are healthy but take a bit more time ~ Leave the processed foods to McDonalds.

Recipes that are cheap ~ The economy stinks, I need to feed my family for less!

Recipes that are easy ~ Boiling water is my specialty.

I want it all ~ I want to feed my family low cost healthy meals and I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen!

I am planning some fall recipes for the website and I would love your feedback. When you are planning meals for your family what types of recipes are you looking for?



  1. I want it ALL!! 🙂

  2. All of the above. 🙂

  3. I want it all! I need to incorporate more vegetables into my cooking but I really prefer the recipes don’t keep me in the kitchen for more than a half hour or so.

  4. I would give up quick first. But that’s because I cook everything on the weekend. 🙂

  5. I can do more than boil water, but I still go for easy… and healthy. I’m looking forward to your ideas!!!

  6. All of the above!

  7. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    I need economy and I want easy.

    Thanks to your blog I am going into my second week of menu planning, coupon and sale matching and shopping with cash.

    It felt so good to shop only with cash last week. I kept thinking, “Oh my I forgot to enter the grocery costs into the checkbook.” What a relief to remember I paid with cash. Thanks for your inspiration in all of this.

  8. All of the above, can’t wait to see what you got up your sleeve!

    (but they don’t all have to be easy, I like to learn new things that are not always easy)

  9. I need cheap and healthy!!!! I dont have a short window to prepare, so it can take longer.. and Im okay with more difficult.

    I have two great books to recommend, though… “Cheap, Fast, and Good” as well as “More with Less”. Neither of them focus on the healthy part as much as “Cooking with All Things Trader Joes”, though!

  10. All of the above but in order of importance to me:

    1. healthy
    2. under 30 minutes
    3. cheap
    4. easy

    Looking forward to your recipes!

  11. Healthy above all, then next would be cheap. 😉

  12. I am also a big fan of crockpot cooking!

  13. All of the above would be so fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  14. Pretty much all of the above. My recipes usually fall under the quick and easy category. I need to work on heathy more than anything else. Not that we don’t eat healthy, but I could use improvements on cutting out processed “stuff”.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you have!

  15. I want it all and am in constant search of it. right now I am looking for ways to make healthy cereal bars so I don’t have to buy the junky ones at the stores, but ones the kids(and hubby) will eat!

  16. I want/need it all!!!

  17. I like cheap and easy, as most of the things I make fall into those categories.

  18. I want it all too. I use the 29 Minutes to Dinner by Pampered Chef those are typically low cost and healthy fast dinners. Love them. Would love more suppestions though. Thanks!

  19. Yes to all of the above!! Always looking for new recipes. Personally we are trying to incorporate more fiber into our diet….that still tastes good!

  20. All would be great, but inexpensive and quick are the most important to me. I always feel I can balance out a somewhat “unhealthy” meal with a nice salad and fruit for dessert. Everything in moderation!

  21. Cheap all the way.

  22. healthy is my #1.

  23. All of the above!

  24. All the above…with some crockpot recipes thrown into the mix!

  25. cheap and healthy…crockpot recipes are essential.

  26. I agree with most of the post all 3, but for me for now, cheap has to come first.

  27. I want it all – but I can handle a few expensive ingredients here and there. Sometimes something new is fun!

  28. Fall and winter are by far the easiest time of year for me to go quick, easy, cheap and healthy. Stews, soups, chili! Oh I’m looking forward to the weather change so I can get back to making chili at least once a week.

  29. I would love tips on all of it. I have just discovered your blog and I love it!

  30. I agree-all of the above. Cheap is really high on my list right now and I am having a blast learning to make more and more things from scratch. It sometimes takes a little longer but ends up cheaper and most of the time a little healthier. I am learning to meal plan-thanks to you-and have found some great new meals from your links.

  31. I want all of the above;)

  32. I agree recipes that are cheap and easy. It is crazy how much food is going for these days. I am trying to go down on my grocery budget and it seems each month it is going up. Looking forward to your recipes Toni.

  33. I would love to have healthy cheap meals!

  34. I want it all, of course! With the addition of some non-meat meals too. 🙂 I’m also a big fan of crockpot recipes.

  35. Above all else, healthy. But cheap would be extremely helpful as well. I’m willing to learn some new tricks and take a bit more time in the kitchen in order to make sure I feed my family healthy meals.

  36. All of the above!!!!

  37. I would love all of the above. But, wouldn’t mind learning some new things, seeing more recipes for the crockpot (particularly for a smaller family of four), recipes that might take a little longer (can make on the weekends).

    Thank you!

  38. Cheap, easy, healthy for us! and fast would be great since my daughter is always STARVING when I pick her up! LOL!

  39. All of the above! I am notorious for spending half the day in the kitchen making a “great” dinner only to accidentally forget an ingredient addition or burn it- then end up at McDonald’s anyways.

  40. I want it all! I am most concerned about nutrition these days, so that would be at the top of my list.

  41. Ideally, I want it all too. But, if I have to choose, I’d like to learn how to cook recipes that are healthier and made with less processed food.

  42. I liked the ‘order of importance’ idea, so here goes:

    1. healthy
    2. cheap
    3. quick
    4. easy

    Can’t wait to see your ideas!

  43. All of the above!

    I love coming here & seeing what you’ve cooked up. I’ve been planning my groceries, for the comming months, around some of your recipes. 😉 Can’t wait to see what you have cooking next!

  44. I definitely want all of the above! With a budget of only $200/month for all groceries, 4 children and #5 on the way….I can’t compromise on any of it!

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    Oh…one more request….could the recipes be delicious, too? (I know…that might be a stretch! ;-D)


  45. I definitely want easy, as I know how little I will want to do toward the end of pregnancy. I am also working on finding more meals that I can literally open a few cans and add something like rice. (I know, I am demanding). Anyway, I have been researching those sort of pantry meals myself, so I will let you know if i find a great one.

  46. I would love any help you have for my family lol… for us it’s important that it’s easy/fast for me to make, cheap, healthy, and approved by my picky eating family lol…

  47. I want it all!!

  48. For me, cheap is priority right now…. I need new ideas for the standard sale items, especially the meats (for me, those are whole chickens, pork chops, ground beef/turkey, London Broil/roasts, and chicken quarters).

    Can’t WAIT!

  49. I want it all, healthy being most important.

  50. roblovesleo says:

    Trying to eat healthier- therefore- the recipes that might take a little more time….I like to cook- so it doesnt matter how long it takes!
    thank you!

  51. I want it all too!!! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  52. i’m not a good cook and my kids do a lot of complaining! i have become very boring–doing weight watchers and dealing with food allergies-wheat, soy, dairy, pork, rice, and peanuts–not much left but chicken, veggies,and fruit…. HELP!

  53. I’m in need of all of the above in order of Importance I’d go for

    30 min or less

  54. All of the above! I am totally committed to healthy food, but we don’t have tons of money and I hate to cook. Oh, and have no time either. I’m looking forward to what you come up with!

  55. I try above all to make healthy things most of the time. Then cheap, fast, and easy.

  56. I like cheap, but mostly because I buy good stuff on sale, not ‘cheap’ food. Healthy is important. Easy is not as important as long as I have time to plan. I actually like to cook but of course have lazy days too!

  57. Southern Gal says:

    I’d love cheap, healthy and easy. If after all those requirements are met and I can still get it done quickly then that would be great!

  58. ~Oops! I had to correct my e-mail addy~I like all of the above, but of course need to remind you to limit sugars and sweets! Dilute fruit juices with water and limit inbetween mealtime snacking! No baby bottle to bed, MILK can cause baby bottle caries/decay the teeth! Remember to wipe baby’s teeth, & help brush & floss kidlets teeth. Good habits start early?

    Good-bye, gotta ~FLY~
    Tooth Fairy

  59. I’m trying to focus on health right now but finding that very hard to do. I keep getting sidetracked by all the good deals that fit better with our budget. So I guess a mix of healthy and cheap would be my vote for now.

    But of course… if I could have it all I would want it all!

  60. healthy

    in that order 🙂

  61. I just found you. Cute blog! I like them all, but I am really interested in cheap and easy recipes.

  62. I want it all! And I can’t wait to see what you share!

  63. I want it all – but I’m usually finding it most likely that I need to spend more time to achieve the other goals. My site is pretty much based on balancing those categories through the eyes of faith – never an easy feat!

  64. I want it all, and even found it…I was a no-cooking mama that generally made my kids cringe and fight me every night. I know this sounds like an advertisement, but I LOVE “Saving Dinner” by Leanne Ely. Her recipes are easy, almost always quick, normal food (not funky ingredients that I can’t find at an overseas commissary), surprisingly really tasty, and set up by seasons and weeks with each week’s shopping list at the front. For example, for the “summer season” none of the recipes require a hot oven, and winter recipes focus around dishes that require seasonal fruit and veg. In all, its the book I use the most, and next is my mom’s 1968 Betty Crocker book. Thanks for letting me share!

  65. I say cheap and easy for sure. Also interested in under 30 minutes 🙂

  66. I say cheap and easy for sure. Also interested in under 30 minutes 🙂

  67. Ideally, all of the above…but I have to admit at this time in my life quick and cheap take definite priority over anything else.

  68. I need recipes that are cheap.

    I need recipes that take BASIC ingredients that I already purchase. I don’t like having to purchase items for a recipe that I will only use once.

    I need recipes that feed a crowd. There are 7 of us now and the kids can eat.

  69. Tricia Ortega says:

    I too want it all…in order of importance:

    Healthy, easy, and then cheap

  70. i need them to be under 30min and healthy. we don’t use a microwave.

  71. I’d like it all too, especially frugal and quick!

  72. All of the above, but mostly low cost and healthy. I don’t mind spending extra time in the kitchen to save money or be healthy, but it’s hard to be healthy and save money.

  73. I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now….

    name that tune 🙂

  74. I can’t be the only one who falls into the boiling water category. I need to start out with easy recipes.

  75. Cheap and healthy are my priorities. Dh is on a reduced carb diet, because of his diabetes, so we avoid meals that are carb-heavy, like pastas and rice. We do use some whole grains, but have found that focusing on good proteins and lots of veggies is what works to keep his blood sugar down.

    I’d love to have some more recipes to add to our list!

  76. I want it all.

    HOWEVER, my preference would be healthy, even if it takes a little more time (mainly because I do enjoy cooking).

    And unfortunately, I find that often cheap=processed/preserved/unhealthy.

    Why is fresh and healthy and whole generally more expensive and more time consuming?

  77. All of them! Please!

  78. cheap is high on the list for me, however, as long as we aren’t looking at eye fillets and mangoes, it doesn’t all need to be mince and rice either.

    For me, not taking too long is one of the biggest factors, however, as my timing sucks, I love meals I can cook in one pan (preferably my big electric one) or meals I can cook in one pan and just make pasta or rice or something with it, and would just as happily cook a meal that took two hours if I could put it all in together and be done with it, stirring every 10 minutes or something.

    Health is important to a point, but we take issue with some of the current ideas of health, and as such as long as it isn’t all processed food, (chicken fingers and packet mash potato :D) we’re pretty good with it.

    For the record, we tried your no mushroom beef strog, my husband found it a little too simple (he is used to a rather flashy and flavorful diet with all sorts of foods I’ve never even heard of before meeting him), but then we tried the Mexican chicken skillet, and loved it! the sweetness of the corn and salsa was different, but sooooo yummy. I’m making it again next week.

  79. My request (not specifically on your list…) not processed and full of flavor!! I try to stay in a budget with groceries but it’s the one area that I’m always willing to spend a little more. We never eat out, we pack all lunches, and we love fresh and delicious. I don’t do processed food. I am a made from scratch kind of girl.

  80. Sherry Wallace says:

    I want it all!!!! I hate to cook and I am always trying to find new recipes to feed my husband and family. My son, daughter in law, and 2 1/2 yr. grandson also live with us. Thank you for your website, I LOVE IT!!!! Sherry

  81. Healthy first and foremost, it’s so hard to find healthy recipes these days, especially since the vegetarian recipes out there are all FULL of fatty cheese! I’m not vegetarian but was looking for healthier alternatives 🙂

    Thanks for asking us all!

  82. Healthy and cheap, please. I would also like to see some butternut/acorn squash recipes. I’m already getting a lot out of the garden, and my recipes consist of soup and baked plain (or with sugar and butter for dessert).

  83. I want it all, but…my two priorities are (1) time (I want meals that are super quick to make) and (2) nutrition (I’ll pay more to fuel my family’s bodies with unprocessed, healthful foods).

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