Easy Healthy Meals On A Budget

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If you are looking for easy, healthy meals on a budget, I’m here to help. Whether you’re looking for a cheap vegetarian meal or just a quick evening meal, it seems there’s always just not enough time in the day. These tips will help you build your weekly menu with little fuss and no stress.

When I first started experimenting with cooking, I thought it would be challenging to make delicious meals on a budget. But it turns out that this is possible.  

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.

  • A 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

healthy dinners on a budget

1Healthy tuna pasta bake

This cheesy tuna pasta bake is perfect dinner for those busy nights with only 10 minutes preparation and will keep all the family happy!

2Chicken, mint and pea frittata

Got cooked chook, spinach and eggs in the house? You’ve got dinner! This fast, flavoursome dish is heroically healthy and purse-friendly, too.

Healthy slow cooker Tuscan bread soup

3Healthy slow cooker Tuscan bread soup

Also known as Ribollita, this famous Tuscan bread soup makes for a healthy vegetarian dinner. Our version is made in the slow cooker so it’s super easy.

Healthier frittata tray bake

4Healthier frittata tray bake

A healthier dinner is made easy with this all in one frittata tray bake, loaded with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke.

Healthier chicken chow mein

5Healthier chicken chow mein

Try this healthy version of the Chinese takeaway classic. In just 25 minutes you can feed the whole family a tasty healthy chicken dish that won’t disappoint!

Healthy Mexican fried rice for two

6Healthy Mexican fried rice for two

Full of fresh flavours, this easy vegetarian dinner recipe for two ticks both the healthy and the hearty boxes. (To make this recipe vegan-friendly, see notes.)

Spaghetti with charred tomato sauce

7Spaghetti with charred tomato sauce

This speedy spaghetti is low-fat, budget-friendly and diabetes-friendly. Perfect!

Healthier pork chow mein recipe

8Healthier pork chow mein recipe

We’ve swapped starchy noodles for zoodles in this healthier pork mince chow mein that’s loaded with vegies.

Healthy apricot chicken for two

9Healthy apricot chicken for two

Revamp traditional apricot chicken with this nutritious, reduced-fat and high-fibre recipe.

Seared skirt steak with spiced lentils

10Seared skirt steak with spiced lentils

Bulk out your dinners with budget-friendly lentils. They taste great and make the meal very filling.

HEALTHY CHEAP MEALS

  • Turkey & spring onion wraps Give yourself a low-fat treat with these super-quick sandwich tortillas – a fab way of using up leftover turkey
  • Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce Get your family to eat more veg with this superhealthy pasta sauce recipe which counts as 5 of your 5-a-day. The sauce is freezable too
  • Winter vegetable pie One portion of this delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie contains all 5 of your recommended 5-a-day intake
  • Sweet potato & chicken curry Chicken thighs are good value and tasty, just right for this healthy, versatile curry
  • Chickpea & coriander burgers High in fibre, low in fat and counting as 2 of your 5-a-day, this tasty veggie burger delivers on every level
  • Honey mustard chicken pot with parsnips For an easy, warming family casserole on a budget, this one-pot ticks all the boxes
  • Healthy egg & chips One that dads will love! This any-time meal is perfect with a helping of baked beans
  • Hot pasta salad This a good source of vitamin C and packed full of veg. Take some to work
  • Sardine pasta with crunchy parsley crumbs An 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
  • Dhal with garam masala carrots If you’re looking for a budget vegetarian meal for one, look no further than this delicious dhal topped with spicy carrots. It’s healthy and low-calorie too
  • Microwave shakshuka Whip up shakshuka, a Middle Eastern favourite, in just 10 minutes. Perfect for brunch, lunch or supper, it’s healthy and a great option for a budget meal
  • Orecchiette with butter beans, parsley, chilli & lemon Make this simple pasta dish using whatever you’ve got to hand, including different pasta shapes, beans or chopped tomatoes. You can leave out the chilli if you prefer
  • One-pot coconut fish curry Cook our easy one-pot curry in just half an hour, with only 5 mins prep. Serve with rice and yogurt, it’s ideal for feeding the family quickly, on a budget. Or serve with cauliflower rice for a keto-friendly dinner.
  • Easy turkey burgers These easy, healthy turkey burgers are perfect for feeding the whole family, kids included. Our tasty burgers are great for summer entertaining
  • Chicken & new potato traybake Pop chicken thighs and potatoes in one pot and roast with olives, lemon, garlic and bay leaves for a lazy weekend lunch or dinner

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