Healthy Dinner Recipes Easy Cheap Budget Dinners: I’m sure that you’ve heard it a million times before, but you really do need to start the day off with a good breakfast. Eating dinner early in the day is not healthy for you and does a great deal of damage to your metabolism over time.
Healthy Dinner Recipes Easy and Cheap. Skip that greasy fast food joint, and start making your own inexpensive, healthy dinners!
HEALTHY DINNER RECIPES EASY CHEAP
- A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.13 ratingsGive yourself a low-fat treat with these super-quick sandwich tortillas – a fab way of using up leftover turkey
- Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauceA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.99 ratingsGet 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 pieA star rating of 3.9 out of 5.55 ratingsOne portion of this delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie contains all 5 of your recommended 5-a-day intake
- Sweet potato & chicken curryA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.207 ratingsChicken thighs are good value and tasty, just right for this healthy, versatile curry
- Chickpea & coriander burgersA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.170 ratingsHigh 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 parsnipsA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.363 ratingsFor an easy, warming family casserole on a budget, this one-pot ticks all the boxes
- Healthy egg & chipsA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.155 ratingsOne that dads will love! This any-time meal is perfect with a helping of baked beans
- 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
- 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
- Dhal with garam masala carrotsA star rating of 3.1 out of 5.10 ratingsIf 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 shakshukaA star rating of 3.9 out of 5.7 ratingsWhip 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 & lemonA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratingsMake 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 curryA star rating of 4 out of 5.29 ratingsCook 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 burgersA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.62 ratingsThese easy, healthy turkey burgers are perfect for feeding the whole family, kids included. Our tasty burgers are great for summer entertaining
- Chicken & new potato traybakeA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.43 ratingsPop chicken thighs and potatoes in one pot and roast with olives, lemon, garlic and bay leaves for a lazy weekend lunch or dinner
HEALTHY AND CHEAP MEALS IDEAS
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Week 3: Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
This Mediterranean-inspired dish couldn’t be easier to whip up with canned tomatoes and cannellini beans, as well as fresh spinach, penne pasta, and feta cheese. A healthy and satisfying dinner is on the table in just 25 minutes, start to finish.
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Week 3: California Tacos
Celebrate Taco Tuesday with these vegetarian tacos loaded with fresh vegetables and zesty lime juice. Recipe creator WHIRLEDPEAS says it best: “They’re quick and easy to make and they manage to be both healthy and very budget-friendly!”
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Week 3: Slow Cooker Chicken Creole
Utilize your slow cooker to make a meal that manages to be easy, affordable, and healthy all at the same time, not to mention delicious! Creole-style seasoning and fresh jalapeño peppers bring the heat to this succulent dish.
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Week 3: Erin’s Indonesian Chicken
Chicken and green beans are tossed in a sweet and spicy peanut sauce and served over rice in this simple stir-fry. You can substitute low-fat peanut butter to make it a little lighter.
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Week 3: Italian Style Flounder
Flounder is an affordable, low-fat, and nutrient-rich protein source. Here it’s baked in simple form with a little butter, salt, pepper, lemon juice, tomato, basil, and garlic powder. It checks off all the boxes: Simple, healthy, and cheap. Serve it with steamed vegetables like broccoli.
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Week 4: Easiest Spicy Cod
Another budget-friendly white fish makes its way into our meal plan. It may sound like an odd combination, but cod’s mild flavor lends itself so well to spicy salsa. Pour it over the fish and bake, and you have yourself a super simple, low-carb dinner. This is one you’ll want in your regular rotation. Serve over rice.
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Week 4: “Skinny” Chicken Tacos
Here’s a healthier take on chicken tacos that features chicken, bell peppers, red onion, jalapeño peppers, and cilantro. You can serve on multi-grain tortillas as suggested, or use the leftover corn tortillas from Week 3.
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Week 4: Chicken Kabobs
Take your midweek meal outside with these easy chicken kabobs, no marinating required! Chicken, bell peppers, and onions are brushed in barbeque sauce and cooked on the grill. This is an easily customizable recipe that can be changed based on what fresh produce you have on hand.
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Week 4: Aussie Beef and Peppers with Gnocchi
Flank steak is one of the most affordable cuts of steak, and it’s paired here with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, and packaged gnocchi for a dish that’s sure to impress.
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Week 4: Kadai Chicken
You’ve made it to the end of the month! Celebrate with one of the easiest chicken dishes you could possibly make: Chicken is simmered in a chile pepper-tomato sauce. Serve over quinoa, as pictured. “This is as good as it is easy,” says Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen.
5 Dinners You Can Make for Under $10 Each
1. One-Skillet Chicken Dinner
Try this recipe: Cast Iron Honey-Sriracha Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables. Nicole uses chicken thighs because they won’t dry out when you sear them in the skillet and finish them in the oven with the root vegetables. A sweet and spicy glaze brings everything together at the end. Budget-friendly tip: Use water instead of wine (with an optional splash of red wine vinegar) to cut down on costs.
2. Slow Cooker Soup
Try this recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup. Tomato sauce and dried herbs go into the pot with inexpensive lentils, chopped vegetables, and diced ham to make a satisfying slow cooker soup. Nicole says this dinner is so budget-friendly, there’s room for bread or grilled cheese on the side.
3. Sheet Pan Sausage & Peppers
Try this recipe: Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake. Break out the sheet pan for this easy recipe. Although Nicole made the recipe without potatoes, you can use them or leave them out — your dinner, your choice. Budget-friendly tips: Look for peppers and onions sold in value packs. The Italian sausage adds so much flavor, you don’t have to spend anything on extra seasoning. With the money you save, you could buy bread rolls and serve the sausage and peppers as sandwiches.
4. Pasta Night
Try this recipe: Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon. You only need a few slices of bacon to flavor up this dish. Once you crisp up the bacon, you’ll add garlic and canned tomatoes to make a quick sauce. Toss the spinach and cooked pasta in the skillet, and dinner’s ready.
Try this recipe: Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry. Stir-fries are great at stretching ingredients (can you believe you’re using only a half pound of ground beef to make this meal?) and you can throw leftovers into the mix so nothing goes to waste. Budget-friendly tip: Purchase meat at the grocer’s butcher counter if you can so you only pay for what you need.