There are so many reasons to create healthy family dinners on a budget. You can stick to a limited budget and improve the health of your family without sacrificing. Not only does eating healthy save teeth and doctor bills, it also improves energy levels, reduces fatigue and makes for happier kids.
Healthy meals don’t have to be expensive. Here are easy recipes for you to try on a budget.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
7Spaghetti with charred tomato sauce
This speedy spaghetti is low-fat, budget-friendly and diabetes-friendly. Perfect!
8Healthier pork chow mein recipe
We’ve swapped starchy noodles for zoodles in this healthier pork mince chow mein that’s loaded with vegies.
9Healthy apricot chicken for two
Revamp traditional apricot chicken with this nutritious, reduced-fat and high-fibre recipe.
10Seared skirt steak with spiced lentils
Bulk out your dinners with budget-friendly lentils. They taste great and make the meal very filling.
budget family meals under $5 a serve
Asparagus and chicken quiche
A lovely quiche to have with a salad.
Great for an appetiser or snack.
Easy quiche recipe with ingredients no more than one cup, and only one bowl. Great to eat hot or cold. This is a base recipe and can be changed to suit personal tastes. Add other ingredients such as shredded chicken, ham, corn, asparagus or capsicum.
Genoese (Italian) flatbread made with chickpea flour (besan). Low fat, low GI and low carb. Can be used as a pizza base with flavourings, or plain with dips.
Slow cooker barbecue chicken
An easy, no-fuss chicken dish, which is a good recipe on a busy day.
Hearty Chicken Cacciatore
This slow-cooked chicken cacciatore is hearty and warming, perfect for any time of the year. The recipe uses chicken Marylands, and is easy to prepare – just pop it in the oven and bake until juicy and tender.
Oriental 2-minute noodle salad
This oriental 2 minute noodle salad is quick and easy to make and something different for that summer barbecue.
You’ll be amazed at how simple this is to make yet it tastes just like something that would be served up in a restaurant. Serve this up at your next dinner party or to friends and I guarantee they will be begging you for the recipe.
Slow Cooker Lasagne
The easiest lasagne I have ever made!
Slow cooker chicken and olives
An easy slow cooker recipe. If you like olives, this recipe is for you.
Family pasta salad
Creamy, crunchy and delightful – this is a favourite in my family.
Curried pumpkin soup
I know there are a few recipes for pumpkin soup on the site, so I thought why not another one?!
Mince and Noodle Stir-Fry
A quick and tasty stir-fry adapted from a Super Food Ideas magazine recipe, complete with the goodness of vegetables and a whole lot of flavour.
I love this soup as it is easy to make and very tasty. Great to use up your vegetables if they are getting a bit old.
Soba noodle salad
Yummy, delicious and healthy for lunch or snacking.