Cheap Healthy Quick Dinners

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Finding cheap, healthy, quick dinners should not be hard, but it so often is. The main reason for this is the misconception that you have to spend a lot of money on quality ingredients. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Healthy dishes can be easy to make and quick to cook. Find out what some of the best cheap healthy quick dinners are.

CHEAP HEALTHY DINNERS

The ultimate makeover: Burgers

Healthy burgers

Rating: 5 out of 5.25 ratingsTurn a barbecue favourite into a nutritious meal without compromising on taste with our easy healthy burgers1 h 5 minsEasyHealthy

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Rating: 4 out of 5.199 ratingsServe your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It’s a healthy choice to boot25 minsEasyHealthy

Creamy tomato risotto

Creamy tomato risotto

Rating: 5 out of 5.230 ratingsA budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper40 minsEasyHealthy

Red lentil & squash dhal

Red lentil & squash dhal

Rating: 5 out of 5.165 ratingsA hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney55 minsEasyHealthy

Orzo tomato soup with pesto in bowl

Tomato & pasta soup

Rating: 5 out of 5.63 ratingsMake our simple, budget-friendly tomato, pasta and chickpea soup in just 30 minutes. This easy, vegetarian family meal is healthy and even low fat30 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Stack of American pancakes on table with blueberries in bowl

Healthy pancakes

Rating: 4 out of 5.93 ratingsThese easy healthy pancakes get their fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. Stack them high with fresh berries and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt45 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Chicken & chorizo jambalaya in a shallow cast iron dish with wooden spoon

Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

Rating: 5 out of 5.2452 ratingsA Cajun-inspired rice pot recipe with spicy Spanish sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes55 minsEasyHealthy

Curried kale and chickpea soup in a bowl

Curried kale & chickpea soup

Rating: 5 out of 5.19 ratingsRustle up this budget-friendly, healthy soup for a nourishing, easy midweek meal. It’s packed with kale, chickpeas, sweet potato and plenty of flavour35 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Chicken curry wth rice and peas in bowls, with chopsticks alongside

Chinese chicken curry

Rating: 5 out of 5.407 ratingsCook an easy, healthy curry with just 15 minutes preparation. Serve this replica of your favourite takeaway dish with fluffy rice for a wholesome family meal55 minsEasyHealthy

Carrot pilaf on a plate with coriander chutney alongside

Carrot pilaf with coriander chutney

Rating: 5 out of 5.12 ratingsTry this healthy pilaf filled for an easy midweek meal. With cashew nuts, veg and spices, it’s not only tasty but budget-friendly too. Top with coriander chutney50 minsEasyHealthy

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup in a bowl with Greek yogurt and coriander garnish

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Rating: 5 out of 5.794 ratingsCome home to a warming bowlful of this filling, low-fat soup35 minsEasyVegetarian

Chicken noodle soup in bowls with spoons

Chicken noodle soup

Rating: 5 out of 5.715 ratingsMary Cadogan’s aromatic broth will warm you up on a winter’s evening – it contains ginger, which is particularly good for colds.40 minsEasyHealthy

Shepherd's pie with crumbled potato topping, in a baking dish

Spiced shepherd’s pie

Rating: 5 out of 5.79 ratingsOur healthy, low-fat shepherd’s pie can be frozen to enjoy another day. This budget-friendly meal makes the most of storecupboard spices and frozen peas1 h 5 minsEasyHealthy

Chilli in pan with herbs and lime wedges

Healthy chilli

Rating: 5 out of 5.61 ratingsUse chunks of stewing beef in this healthy chilli con carne for a robust and filling dish. Serve with rice and coriander2 h 20 minsEasyHealthyGluten-free

A bowl of courgette stew served with a spicy sesame seed and flaked almond topping

Thirty-minute courgettes with dukkah sprinkle

Rating: 4 out of 5.32 ratingsGet four of your 5-a-day in one vegan dinner. This budget-friendly recipe is healthy and gluten-free, plus it provides a source of calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron35 minsEasyHealthyVegan

Healthy banana bread

Healthy banana bread

Rating: 4 out of 5.163 ratingsHave your cake and eat it with this low-fat, healthy banana loaf – perfect for breakfast and beyond1 h 35 minsEasyHealthy

Salad bowl with chicken and hummus

Quick chicken hummus bowl

Rating: 5 out of 5.24 ratingsMake our healthy chicken and hummus salad bowl for a delicious budget lunch option. It can be thrown together in just 10 minutes and delivers three of your 5-a-day10 minsEasyHealthy

Healthy tikka masala served in a large bowl

Healthy tikka masala

Rating: 5 out of 5.39 ratingsEnjoy the spicy, rich flavours of tikka masala with this family-friendly lighter version that’s both healthy and gluten-free. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser1 h 5 minsEasyHealthyGluten-free

Italian-style beef stew

Healthy beef stew

Rating: 4 out of 5.190 ratingsTry our easy, healthy beef stew recipe that’s packed full of vitamin C. This warming dinner is perfect for chilly nights30 minsEasyHealthy

Pepper & ham omelette in a pan with toast and orange juice

Healthy pepper, tomato & ham omelette

Rating: 5 out of 5.20 ratingsIf you’re in need of a healthy protein boost, try making this healthy omelette for breakfast – using fewer yolks lowers the cholesterol25 minsEasyHealthy

Curried cod 2016

Curried cod

Rating: 4 out of 5.359 ratingsAn easy-to-prepare midweek one-pot with cod fillet, chickpeas, ginger and spices – it’s healthy, low calorie and packed with iron too.35 minsEasyHealthy

Healthy shakshuka in a pan

Healthy shakshuka

Rating: 5 out of 5.42 ratingsStart the day on a lighter note with this satisfying shakshuka, a wonderful pan full of tomatoes, pepper, spinach and eggs. It packs in four of your 5-a-day40 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Honey mustard chicken pot with parsnips

Honey mustard chicken pot with parsnips

Rating: 4 out of 5.363 ratingsFor an easy, warming family casserole on a budget, this one-pot ticks all the boxes45 minsEasyHealthy

Smoky chickpeas on toast with fried egg

Smoky chickpeas on toast

Rating: 5 out of 5.19 ratingsSpend just 12 minutes on this healthy, budget-friendly supper for two. Our fuss-free smoky chickpeas on toast deliver two of your 5-a-day and is low in calories12 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

 Budget-Friendly Dinners You Can Make in 15 Minutes or Less

Black Bean Fajita Skillet

We use budget-friendly pantry ingredients like canned beans, pasta, lentils and tuna for these healthy meals you can make in a matter of minutes. Salad kits and seasoning blends help cut costs and time in these simple meals you’ll turn to again and again, from skillet hash to loaded tostadas. Recipes like our Lemon Chicken Pasta and Black Bean Fajita Skillet are easy on the wallet and packed with flavor in every bite.

3-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Sausage

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Sausage

Apple-flavored chicken sausage adds flavor and protein in this quick dinner hash that uses a bag of shaved Brussels sprouts as its hearty, high-fiber base. Steaming the cubed sweet potatoes in the microwave cuts way down on total cook time.

Lemon Chicken Pasta

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Lemon Chicken Pasta

In this easy lemon chicken pasta recipe, we love the combination of lemon zest and toasted breadcrumbs. This healthy dinner is made with rotisserie chicken, quick-cooking spiralized zucchini and baby zucchini, so you get a complete meal in just 10 minutes.

Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

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Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

We love the retro vibe of these egg salad lettuce wraps. Iceberg lettuce makes a perfect low-carb swap for bread to serve the egg salad.

Cheese Quesadillas with Peppers & Onions

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Cheese Quesadillas with Peppers & Onions

These 15-minute quesadillas are a notch above basic with the addition of sautéed peppers and onions. Let the kiddos load them up with the toppings at the table.

Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

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Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We’ve loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.

Toaster-Oven Tostadas

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Toaster-Oven Tostadas

Would you believe us if we said you can have restaurant-style tostadas at home in just 15 minutes? It’s no problem! Simply layer black beans and Cheddar onto corn tortillas and toast in the toaster oven.

Black Bean & Slaw Bagel

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Black Bean & Slaw Bagel

This easy open-face sandwich recipe uses a jalapeño-Cheddar bagel, but a plain bagel would work just as well. Top each bagel half with black beans and fresh slaw for a satisfying bite.

3-Ingredient Chicken Salad Tostadas

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3-Ingredient Chicken Salad Tostadas

For this three-ingredient dinner, a premade salad kit is the perfect shortcut because it has everything you need in one bag, including the dressing. Swap in canned black beans for the chicken to make this vegetarian.

Black Bean Fajita Skillet

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Black Bean Fajita Skillet

You can often find presliced and ready-to-cook fresh vegetables in your grocer’s produce section. Use these to your advantage to cut down on dinnertime prep. Here, presliced fajita vegetables are sautéed with canned black beans and Southwest seasoning for a quick and easy Tex Mex-inspired meal. Plus, this recipe requires just three ingredients, not including basics like salt, pepper and oil. You can easily take your bowl up a notch by adding some cheese, sour cream or another tasty topping.

Sesame Instant Ramen Noodles with Broccoli & Soft-Boiled Egg

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Sesame Instant Ramen Noodles with Broccoli & Soft-Boiled Egg

Jazz up basic ramen noodles with toasted sesame oil, quick-cooked broccoli and a jammy soft-boiled egg. To cut back on sodium, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg sodium per serving or use less of the seasoning packet.

Healthy + Cheap Dinner Ideas to Eat Right All Year Round

healthy Cheap Dinner Ideas

If your takeout bill is nearing astronomical heights and the drive-thru isn’t the healthy non-salads you want to be eating, cheap dinner ideas that you can eat at home are the way to go. It doesn’t have to be a chore when you have so many fantastic easy-on-the-wallet and 30-minute dinners out there. Keep scrolling for the best cheap (and tastiest) recipes.

Lemony Greens Soup

Lemony Greens Soup Cheap Dinner Ideas

 Veggielicious and full of flavor, this nutritious recipe is both delicious and budget-friendly for the win!

Cheesy Steak Keto Tacos

Cheesy Steak Keto Tacos

Going keto is one way to really cut your carbs, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up.

Oven-Roasted Fries

Oven-Roasted Fries

Simple, delicious, and very affordable — potatoes get us every time, especially when they’re crispy and served with a creamy dipping sauce!

Simple Walnut-Crusted Salmon

Simple Walnut-Crusted Salmon

 We love this tender, pink fish more than most because it’s tasty and SO easy to make. This nutty recipe is sure to become a weeknight staple without breaking the bank.

Chrissy Teigen’s Pork Bánh Mì

Chrissy Teigen\u2019s Pork B\u00e1nh M\u00ec Cheap Dinner Ideas

 As if we needed another reason to love this woman! Learn how to make this quick and authentic Vietnamese sando and save some serious dough (while eating plenty of it, too!).

Garlicky Cheese Bread

Garlicky Cheese Bread

 Who says you shouldn’t eat bread for dinner? Um, nobody! Have a simple meal of deliciousness when you combo this recipe with your favorite Riesling. Truly, a match made in culinary heaven.

Grilled Corn Nachos

Grilled Corn Nachos

 This classic Mexican offering is basically like the kitchen sink of deliciousness. We love the addition of grilled corn to an already stellar ingredient lineup.

Keto-Friendly Zucchini Lasagna

Keto-Friendly Zucchini Lasagna

 If you’re a zoodle lover than this recipe is for you. Swap in some mean green for the heavier pasta counterpart and you’ll be feeling leaner while your wallet gets fatter. BOOM

Perfect Fried Rice

Perfect Fried Rice

 No more mushy rice and veggies, just straight fresh, delicious, cost-effective goodness. Bonus: This recipe makes great leftovers, too.

Beef Bulgogi Meatballs

Beef Bulgogi Meatballs

 This classic Korean recipe works perfectly as shish kebabs, sliders, or playful finger food. You choose.

Vegan Cashew Cream Pasta

Vegan Cashew Cream Pasta

 Ditch the dairy and try a silky, nut-based sauce instead! Cashew is oh-so-creamy and the perfect stand-in for cheese (and we LOVE cheese

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta Cheap Dinner Ideas

 This one-pot wonder pressure-cooks the pasta in a combo of milk and chicken stock.

Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos

Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos

 This may look like a million dollars, but really, this dish is very budget-friendly.

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