Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes Cheap

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Looking for easy healthy dinner recipes cheap? I see you. I see what you’re doing there, looking for a few good recipes that are also super frugal and easy to prepare btw. Let’s get started.

Looking for healthy dinner recipes cheap? You’re in the right place! With my easy and cheap healthy dinner recipes, you will eat healthy without spending hundreds of dollars.

Budget dinner recipes

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

For seven days of family-focussed budget meals try our budget family meal plan

  • Herby paneer baked riceA 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

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

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.

Budget healthy recipes

Being healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. Try our easy recipes that are rich in nutritious ingredients and great flavour.

For seven days of family-focussed budget meals try our budget family meal plan or explore budget vegetarian recipes, budget vegan recipes and student recipes

  • Tomato & pasta soupA star rating of 4.6 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 fat
  • 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
  • Spinach falafel & hummus bowlA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratingsMake this easy vegan salad bowl, with homemade spinach falafels and hummus served alongside pitta and salad. It’s packed with nutrients for a healthy supper
  • Carrot pilaf with coriander chutneyA star rating of 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 chutney
  • Chicken, leek & brown rice stir-fryA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.8 ratingsCombine the classic flavours of chicken and chorizo with kale and rice for a substantial yet speedy dinner, taking less than 20 minutes to make
  • 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
  • Easy chicken stewA star rating of 3.6 out of 5.12 ratingsMake this healthy chicken stew – it’s simple and perfect for a filling family supper. Our easy, low-fat recipe is delicious served with a warm cheese scone
  • Creamy pesto & kale pastaA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.51 ratingsEnjoy our creamy pesto and kale pasta as a tasty and nutritious supper. Make it with just a handful of ingredients and storecupboard staples
  • 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
  • Posh egg, chips & beansA star rating of 5 out of 5.1 ratingWhip up a classic egg and chips with smoky beans for an easy dinner or weekend brunch. This version is healthy, high in fibre and low-calorie too
  • Curried chicken & new potato traybakeA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.89 ratingsA healthy one-pan traybake with garam masala, turmeric, ginger and garlic – lightly spiced and ideal for a family supper
  • Super-quick sesame ramenA star rating of 4 out of 5.23 ratingsRustle up this warming veggie ramen in just 15 minutes. Think of it as healthy fast food – it’s low-fat, low-calorie and low-cost as well
  • Sesame & spring onion stir-fried udon with crispy tofuA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.17 ratingsDo something different for dinner, with our vegan noodle, tofu, green bean and spring onion stir-fry. It’s quick and healthy, plus it’s budget-friendly too
  • Smoky chickpeas on toastA star rating of 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 calories
  • Miso mushroom & tofu noodle soupA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratingsRustle up this miso, mushroom and tofu noodle soup with just six simple ingredients. Healthy and low in calories, it makes a tasty light lunch or supper
  • Masala frittata with avocado salsaA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.43 ratingsA spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper
  • Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghettiA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.199 ratingsServe your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It’s a healthy choice to boot
  • Cauliflower, paneer & pea curryA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.146 ratingsReady in less than an hour, this easy, vegetarian curry recipe made with pan-fried Indian cheese and vegetables is also cheap to prepare
  • Kidney bean curryA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.216 ratingsA rescue recipe for when there’s nothing in the fridge, or when you fancy something cheap, delicious and filling
  • Pea falafels with minty couscous saladA star rating of 4 out of 5.17 ratingsGive falafel a makeover by using a mix of chickpeas and frozen peas, serve with couscous and a dollop of yogurt for a cheap but tasty meal
  • Creamy tomato risottoA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.230 ratingsA budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper
  • Spring tabboulehA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.16 ratingsA simple, budget, spring salad that can add a healthy dose of vegetables to your midweek meal. This easy vegan dish also makes great leftover lunches
  • Red lentil & carrot soupA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.106 ratingsThis warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It’s also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later
  • Indian sweet potato & dhal piesA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.96 ratingsSpiced red lentil dhal is topped with creamy sweet potato mash in these individual vegetarian pies – a cheap weeknight dinner option

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