Easy Cheap Healthy Recipes For Dinner

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If you’re looking for easy cheap healthy recipes for dinner, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ll walk you through my step by step process for how to hack your meal planning so you can cook a delicious healthy meal at home in less than thirty minutes.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. These easy cheap healthy recipes for dinner will show you how you can save money while eating healtier meals.

Budget dinner recipes

Discover budget-friendly lunches and dinners that use affordable storecupboard ingredients to create cheap pasta dishes, soups, curries and stir-fries

  • A star rating of 2 out of 5.4 ratingsThrow together basmati rice, paneer, mangetout and peas to make this quick and easy veggie dinner for two. It’s a great choice for busy weeknights
  • Spicy ‘vedgeree’A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.8 ratingsTry our veggie twist on kedgeree for a healthy supper. Like the traditional version, it’s served with boiled eggs and has a lovely mild curry flavour
  • Jacket potato with whipped feta & sumacA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.32 ratingsThe perfect budget-friendly, filling supper for one. The fragrant, zesty flavour of sumac is a refreshing contrast to the creamy whipped feta
  • Swede gnocchi with crispy sageA star rating of 3.6 out of 5.13 ratingsUsing much overlooked swede, you can create a budget-friendly, restaurant worthy gnocchi main course. Top with butter-fried herbs for a simple veggie dish
  • Chole with cumin rice & raitaA star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratingsMake a chickpea curry served with raita for a brilliant budget-friendly family meal. As well as being quick and easy, it’s healthy too
  • Spicy jerk potato & pineapple hashA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.18 ratingsThis easy hash is full of punchy flavours, and makes a satisfying midweek family supper with streaky bacon, pineapple and spicy seasoned potatoes
  • Sardine pasta with crunchy parsley crumbsA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.23 ratingsAn affordable way to include oily fish in your diet. Canned sardines are a great source of omega 3 and add oomph to this simple, family pasta dish
  • Spicy oven-baked chicken & chipsA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.11 ratingsA midweek budget supper of roast chicken wings with homemade chips and Cajun spices
  • Smoked haddock & creamed corn curryA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.26 ratingsEveryone will love this creamy fish curry, cooled down with coconut and sweetcorn. It’s budget-friendly too
  • Spicy sausage & bean one-potA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 ratingsA saucy, warming casserole with Cumberland sausages, chilli gravy and kidney beans. It’s budget-friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes too
  • Red lentil & squash dhalA star rating of 4.8 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 chutney
  • Scandi meatballsA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.12 ratingsPut mushroom soup to clever use in this Scandinavian-style beef meatball dish with dill sauce
  • Bhaji frittataA star rating of 4 out of 5.17 ratingsThis lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander
  • Pilchard puttanescaA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.10 ratingsRaid the storecupboard and knock up this tomato-based Italian pasta supper in twenty minutes.
  • Chorizo & rosemary pearl barley risottoA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.99 ratingsReplace the usual rice with filling, storecupboard barley. Spicy Spanish sausage provides a rich flavour and vibrant colour
  • Udon noodle soupA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.30 ratingsA Japanese-inspired teriyaki udon broth with chestnut mushrooms and spinach. A nourishing and light supper
  • Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus saladA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.44 ratingsThese storecupboard chipotle patties are not only thrifty, they count as four of your 5-a-day allowance of fruit and vegetables.
  • Courgette, sausage & rigatoni bakesA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.20 ratingsThis thrifty and comforting pasta bake for two is made with a punchy garlic and chilli spiked tomato sauce, then topped with mozzarella
  • Roasted beetroot & egg saladA star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratingsThis vegetarian salad with creamy dill dressing and crunchy hazelnuts makes a great lunch, or light main course
  • Coconut & turmeric baked chicken thighsA star rating of 3.4 out of 5.25 ratingsEnjoy these coconut and turmeric baked chicken thighs with spring greens and rice for a nutritionally balanced family meal that’s big on flavour
  • Gnocchi cacio e pepeA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.22 ratingsEnjoy a comforting bowl of gnocchi with parmesan and black pepper. It’s simple but utterly delicious – and the best part is, it only takes seven minutes to make
  • Clementine pork steaksA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.14 ratingsA tasty pork one-pot full of fruity flavours. Try getting creative with your leftovers and replace the pork with turkey or ham
  • Hot pasta saladA star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratingsThis a good source of vitamin C and packed full of veg. Take some to work
  • Vegan salad bowlA star rating of 4 out of 5.1 ratingWhip up an easy vegan salad, with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. Bursting with flavour, it makes a satisfying dinner or lunch on the go

Diabetes-Friendly, Low-Carb Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes

Each of these delicious dinners sticks to our diabetes-friendly parameters, with lower levels of saturated fat and sodium and a focus on complex carbs, like whole grains. Plus, these dinners have fewer than 15 grams of carbs per serving, so you  can hit your nutrition goals and enjoy some pretty tasty meals while you’re at it. Healthy meals like our One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Broccoli and Kung Pao Chicken with Bell Peppers are so quick and simple, you could make them any night of the week.

One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Broccoli

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One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Broccoli

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Shrimp cooks quickly in this easy, one-pot recipe, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Serve over whole grains or rice.

Sweet & Peppery Flank Steak with Shishitos

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Sweet & Peppery Flank Steak with Shishitos

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This flank steak recipe comes together easily on a baking sheet, but if you’re itching to take it outside, fire up the grill instead. Just be sure to use a grill basket for the peppers so you don’t end up chasing them around the grates, or worse, losing them to the fire.

Easy Chicken Cutlets with Rhubarb Sauce

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Easy Chicken Cutlets with Rhubarb Sauce

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Sweet white balsamic vinegar balances tart rhubarb in a simple pan sauce for this quick chicken cutlets recipe.

Mushroom-Swiss Turkey Burgers

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Mushroom-Swiss Turkey Burgers

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In this gluten-free turkey burger recipe, lean ground turkey stands in for ground beef, and portobello mushrooms produce a juicy, flavorful alternative to the traditional bun. Melted Swiss cheese, sliced tomato and arugula top off this delicious low-carb dinner!

Chopped Salad with Shrimp, Apples & Pecans

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Chopped Salad with Shrimp, Apples & Pecans

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Sweet and crunchy apples and celery combine with savory shrimp and nutty pecans in this easy, colorful dinner salad.

Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

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Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

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This tofu veggie stir-fry is quick and easy, making it a great go-to weeknight meal. Baked tofu has a firm, toothsome texture that crisps well in a hot pan. You can find it in flavors like teriyaki and sesame, both of which are delicious here. Or opt for a smoked version, which has the same texture with a more robust flavor. Serve over brown rice.

Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp

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Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp

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This fried rice variation uses riced cauliflower instead of traditional rice to lower the calories and carbs. You can adjust the amount of chile-garlic sauce according to taste.

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Peppers

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Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Peppers

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This vibrant, colorful dish is great for those who love a little heat. Adjust the amount of chile-garlic sauce according to your preferred heat level. To smash ginger, use the side of a chef’s knife or the flat bottom of a sturdy mug. Serve with rice, if desired.

Pan-Seared Steak with Crispy Herbs & Escarole

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Pan-Seared Steak with Crispy Herbs & Escarole

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This easy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare, meaning that seared steak can be a weeknight meal. Cooking herbs in the pan with the steak releases their aroma, infusing it into the meat while creating a crispy garnish. After the steaks and herbs are pan-seared, the escarole is cooked in the same skillet, so this healthy dinner requires minimal cleanup too.

Kung Pao Chicken with Bell Peppers

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Kung Pao Chicken with Bell Peppers

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Here’s an easy chicken recipe you’ll definitely want to add to your dinner repertoire. A quick marinade tenderizes the chicken and infuses flavor in this stir fry. Adding a little oil to finish the marinade coats the chicken and helps keep it from sticking to the pan.

Healthy Family & Kids Dinner Recipes

Find healthy, delicious family and kids dinner recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & ParmesanRating: 3.5 stars43This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it “Mom’s Skillet Pasta” and she called it “Devon’s Favorite Pasta.” Either way it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It’s a simple dinner the whole family will love.By Devon O’BrienEasy Chicken Enchilada CasseroleRating: 4.5 stars12Casseroles make perfect meal-prep dinners–this enchilada version is so easy to prep ahead. The whole casserole can be built and left to hang out in the refrigerator for up to three days. Then all you have to do is bake it off on a busy night and you have a healthy dinner on the table in a jiff. The quick homemade enchilada sauce in this recipe is great when you don’t have any of the canned sauce on hand–just season crushed tomatoes with spices and salt for an instant enchilada sauce.By Katie WebsterGreek Roasted Fish with VegetablesRating: 4.5 stars11This dish is packed with flavor and fits perfectly into a Mediterranean diet.By Diabetic Living MagazineAmerican GoulashRating: 4.5 stars20American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.By Carolyn CasnerEggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas & SpinachRating: 4.5 stars12Simmer eggs in a rich tomatoey cream sauce studded with chickpeas and silky spinach for a super-fast vegetarian dinner. Serve with a piece of crusty bread to soak up the sauce. Be sure to use heavy cream; a lower-fat option might curdle when mixed with acidic tomatoes.By Hilary MeyerVegetable Weight-Loss SoupRating: 4.5 stars31A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories, which is helpful when trying to lose weight. Plus, it’s an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day—something all of us could benefit from. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious vegetable soup and consider serving with a hunk of toasted whole-wheat bread to help round out the meal.By Hilary MeyerZucchini Noodles with Pesto & ChickenRating: 5 stars13This healthy summer dinner subs zoodles for pasta to help use up your zucchini bounty–as well as slash calories and carbs. Once the spiralized zucchini has time to soak up the herby pesto sauce, this chicken and pesto pasta makes particularly good leftovers.By Carolyn CasnerPea SoupRating: 5 stars13A simple pea soup makes an elegant start to a spring meal. It’s also a great way to use frozen vegetables when the produce section is looking bleak.By EatingWell Test KitchenChhole (Chickpea Curry)Rating: 4.5 stars44Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.By Shefaly Ravula & Amee MeghaniSkillet Lemon Chicken & Potatoes with KaleRating: 4.5 stars16This easy one-pan skillet-roasted lemon chicken is perfect for weeknight dinners. Juicy chicken thighs are cooked in the same pan as baby potatoes and kale for a satisfying meal with the added bonus of minimal cleanup.By Carolyn Casner20-Minute Creamy Chicken Skillet with Italian SeasoningRating: 4.5 stars14Chicken cutlets cook quickly and are highlighted with a creamy sauce made with tomatoes, zucchini and Italian seasoning. This recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite the whole family will love. Serve it with whole-wheat pasta or rice to make it a meal.By Carolyn CasnerCabbage Roll Chicken EnchiladasRating: 5 stars7This 5-ingredient dinner recipe uses two genius hacks to make dinner

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