Feeding four for under 10 bucks...
I want to get creative and think of some interesting meals that have flavor and panache for under 10 bucks that doesn't involve a helper, box. Something from scratch that is child friendly.
Chicken breasts on sale, and stock up. I buy boneless, skinless
Check out Rachel Ray's recipes on FTV, she makes quick, pretty easy, cheap meals.
Mac and cheese with pancetta.
Chicken cutlets parm w/ spaghetti
Chicken, broccoli, ziti
Check out Giada's on FTV, she has some great stuff.
Love her lemon spaghetti.
Ina Garten's chicken stew w/biscuits. Half everything she uses.
Buy fresh dough, make calzones.
Beef Stew, try Tyler's.
Trust me, I have done this for years, shop sale items, and be creative.
I just bought skirt steak for $3/lb-marinate it and grill it and vegetables and bread/potatoes or make fajitas.
black bean cakes-top w/salsa, sour cream, etc
Look through menus of the dinner assembly places (Super Suppers, Dream Dinners, My Girlfriend's kitchen) as all of their dishes average only $3-5 per person and could often be made for even less money at home
quesadillas-black bean, chicken, cheese, onion; salsa/guac/sour cream
What about a shepard's pie? I know not everyone is a fan, but I love it.
Taco night is always fun...the kids can make their own. Can get messy but it's hands on so they love it.
You can also have family pizza night where the kids make their own pizzas. Spread a blanket on the floor, put in a movie, and have a pizza picnic. Sometimes it's not about what the food is, but where you eat it.
Ground beef, kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, any combination of beans really, rice, garlic, onion. Brown the meat, drain. Cook the rice. Combine the meat and rice with the beans. Other pan cook the onions and garlic in oil and add that in to the mix. Very cheap per serving, and quite tasty, add a little S&P, cheese if you want.
You can also put this stuff in burrito wraps and add some sour cream, hot sauce, more cheese, etc.
Homemade pizza would be a change also, any toppings you can think of - chicken, pulled beef, you name it.
if your budget is say $70 a week how about thinking more along those lines than $10 a day. For instance one night could be just spaghetti, cheese and butter costing $5, or tomato omelets, so there is then money in the pot for something extra another night. Alternatively make a huge batch of meat sauce and have pasta and sauce one night and then the leftover sauce can be shepherds pie the next night with the addition of mashed potatoes and some cabbage which is cheap. Baked potatoes with tuna salad is cheap too.
a roasted chicken one night can become cold chicken and salads or sandwiches the next and the carcass can be boiled down for soup or stock.
just my suggestion.