Quick Healthy Cheap Dinners


Quick healthy cheap dinners Here you can find tasty recipes that take less than 30 minutes to make and cost less than $1 to prepare. This site features well over 200 delicious recipes for beginners or any home chef – it includes chicken recipes, meat recipes and seafood recipes as well as pasta, soup & salad recipes and vegetarian recipes. If you want to find some inspiration for a quick and easy dinner idea, then this is place to come.


Satay sweet potato curry on top of rice in a deep dish

Sweet potato & peanut curry

Rating: 5 out of 5.868 ratingsCook this tasty, budget-friendly vegan curry for an easy family dinner. With spinach and sweet potato, it boasts two of your five-a-day and it’s under 400 calories1 hEasyVeganGluten-free

Pasta and meatballs in pan

Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

Rating: 5 out of 5.112 ratingsMake our budget-friendly quick sausage stroganoff tagliatelle for a simple family dinner. This filling bowl takes just five minutes to prepare20 minsEasy

Honey & soy chicken thighs with sesame broccoli served on a board

Honey & soy chicken with sesame broccoli

Rating: 5 out of 5.34 ratingsEnjoy these sticky honey and soy chicken thighs as part of an easy midweek meal. This budget-friendly dinner is sure to be a family favourite55 minsEasy

Christmas dinner sausage rolls served on a tray

Christmas dinner sausage roll

Rating: 5 out of 5.13 ratingsCombine the best bits of a Christmas dinner in one moreish bite with these canapés. Ideal for a festive buffet50 minsEasy

Christmas dinner wellington cut into slices and served on a wooden board with a jug of gravy

Christmas dinner wellington

Rating: 5 out of 5.21 ratingsMix up your festive main with this fabulous Christmas dinner wellington. A make-ahead meal in one, it incorporates stuffing and cranberry sauce, so all you need to think about on the big day is the veg and gravy1 h 45 minsMore effort

Italian veggie cottage pie

Italian veggie cottage pie

Rating: 5 out of 5.80 ratingsAn Italian twist on an English classic, with sundried tomato, spinach and aubergine, this veggie pie makes a super budget supper40 minsEasyVegetarian

Stir-fried chicken with broccoli & brown rice

Stir-fried chicken with broccoli & brown rice

Rating: 4 out of 5.99 ratingsCombine lean chicken with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick and cheap, weeknight dinner30 minsEasyHealthy

A bowl of courgette stew served with a spicy sesame seed and flaked almond topping

Thirty-minute courgettes with dukkah sprinkle

Rating: 4 out of 5.32 ratingsGet four of your 5-a-day in one vegan dinner. This budget-friendly recipe is healthy and gluten-free, plus it provides a source of calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron35 minsEasyHealthyVegan

Ginger, sesame & chilli prawn & broccoli stir-fry in a bowl

Ginger, sesame and chilli prawn & broccoli stir-fry

Rating: 5 out of 5.32 ratingsMake our budget-friendly stir-fry with ginger, sesame and chilli prawns for a super-simple midweek meal. This speedy, low-fat supper makes a great dinner for two15 minsEasy

Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

Rating: 4 out of 5.48 ratingsWhip up this budget vegetarian dinner in minutes – pile slices of light feta onto cannellini bean mash and top with tangy beetroot salsa17 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Cod with lemon and butter bean mash in bowl

Cod with butter bean colcannon

Rating: 5 out of 5.19 ratingsWhip up a budget-friendly fish dinner with creamy butter bean colcannon. It’s the perfect midweek meal for two and ready in just 15 minutes15 minsEasyGluten-free

One-pan roast dinner

One-pan roast dinner

Rating: 5 out of 5.57 ratingsTake the stress out of a Sunday roast with this one-pan recipe that couldn’t be simpler1 h 40 minsEasy

Sausage ragu served in a casserole dish

Sausage ragu

Rating: 5 out of 5.345 ratingsFeed the family this comforting, budget-friendly sausage ragu with pasta. You can freeze the leftovers for another time and it tastes just as good50 minsEasy

Sesame & spring onion stir-fried udon with crispy tofu

Sesame & spring onion stir-fried udon with crispy tofu

Rating: 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 too20 minsEasyHealthyVegan

One-pan piri piri chicken dinner in a casserole dish

One-pan piri piri chicken dinner

Rating: 5 out of 5.6 ratingsTry this one-pan piri piri chicken for a family dinner and adjust the chilli levels to suit your family’s tolerance. You can use a whole chicken instead, if you like1 h 30 minsEasyGluten-free

Indian sweet potato & dhal pies

Indian sweet potato & dhal pies

Rating: 4 out of 5.96 ratingsSpiced red lentil dhal is topped with creamy sweet potato mash in these individual vegetarian pies – a cheap weeknight dinner option40 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Baked feta with sumac & grapes

Baked feta with sumac & grapes

Rating: 5 out of 5.13 ratingsA modern dinner party starter that’s great for a budget – salty feta, sweet grapes, tangy sumac and aniseed dill create contrasting yet complementary flavours45 minsEasyVegetarianGluten-free

One healthy roast dinner

Healthy roast dinner

Rating: 4 out of 5.5 ratingsCook a healthy, low-fat version of roast beef for two, made with lean, juicy steak and roasted veg, plus gravy on the side1 h 5 minsEasyHealthy

Curry in pot on table with rice in bowl and lime wedges

One-pot coconut fish curry

Rating: 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.30 minsEasyHealthyGluten-free

Creamy pork and pear cassoulet 2016

Creamy pork & pear cassoulet

Rating: 5 out of 5.35 ratingsPork loin and pear slices in a cider and double cream sauce make for a wonderful autumnal dinner for four 1 hEasy

Christmas dinner on plate

Christmas dinner for one

Rating: 5 out of 5.3 ratingsCook a complete Christmas dinner to enjoy yourself, including a stuffed chicken joint, rich sauces, roast veg and pigs in blankets. You’ll also have leftovers for a Boxing Day sandwich1 h 20 minsMore effort

Courgette lasagne in a baking dish with a spoon

Creamy courgette lasagne

Rating: 5 out of 5.603 ratingsServe this quick, creamy courgette & ricotta lasagne for a last-minute dinner party to impress vegetarian friends. It’s a great way to use courgettes when they’re in season30 minsEasyVegetarian

Stir-fried Quorn with broccoli & brown rice

Stir-fry with broccoli & brown rice

Rating: 5 out of 5.22 ratingsCombine ready-to-cook vegetarian, chicken-style pieces with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick, veggie dinner30 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian

Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter chicken

Rating: 4 out of 5.308 ratingsYou’ll love this new, budget chicken dish. Any leftovers freeze well and make a handy lunch.50 minsEasyGluten-free

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

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