26 budget friendly recipes that will not only help you slash your grocery bill but are also really good for you. Using pantry staples, and cheaper fresh produce options you can easily make some delicious homemade meals that will nourish your family without sacrificing your budget.
It’s no secret that eating healthy can have a big impact on your bank balance. Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat can be quite expensive when compared with many convenience foods, not to mention the fact that they need to be eaten quickly to save food going to waste.
Often this can result in more trips to the grocery store, which then leads to more incidental spending.
When trying to stick to a budget but not sacrifice on nutrition and of course flavour, the below recipes are going to help you. Here you will find recipes that use inexpensive pantry staples such as pasta, cans of beans, and rice. They also use fresh ingredients that tend to be cheaper such as sweet potato, cabbage and mince.
You will also find many meat-less recipes below, as introducing some vegetarian meals into your weekly rotation will not only help reduce the cost at the checkout but will also be a great way to balance your diet.
So get excited to slash your weekly grocery bill and add some of these delicious budget meals that are also super healthy to your meal plan next week.
1. Golden Turmeric Sweet Potato Soup by Eight Forest Lane
With a velvety smooth texture and vibrant golden colour this is the perfect meal when you need to eat something amazing that will also make you feel amazing. Get the recipe.
2. Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps by The Saucy Fig
I made this for dinner this week and it was all kinds of perfect healthy weeknight food. With a cracker of a peanut sauce this dish is not only budget friendly but so full of flavour. Get the recipe.
3. Quick Bowtie Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Peas by Cooking With Molly
A variation of this dish is on my table every single time I want something quick and tasty, and doesn’t require getting out of my pyjamas to go to the grocery store. Get the recipe.
4. Egg Roll in a Bowl by Whole New Mum
A one-pan meal packed full of veggies means a healthy dinner can be on the table with less effort than it takes to decide what to order in! Get the recipe.
5. Whole30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole by Downshiftology
Sometimes you need something creamy and comforting but without the dairy. This casserole is always the answer thanks to the magic of cashews. Get the recipe.
6. Spaghetti aglio olio by The Clever Meal
The ultimate I’ve got nothing in my pantry but still want to cook a meal recipe. You cannot go wrong with this simple favourite. Get the recipe.
7. Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry by Cook It Real Good
Packed full of healthy goodness, this vegetarian curry is simple enough for a weekday night and even better for lunch the next day. Get the recipe.
8. One Pan Roast Chicken by Eight Forest Lane
With a quicker cook time than your regular roast dinner, this one-pan roast chicken and veggies is a staple in my house when I’m craving a comforting home cooked meal without the fuss. Get the recipe.
9. Ramen Noodle Chicken Stir-Fry by The Cozy Cook
Pro life tip: always have dried ramen noodles in the pantry for dinner emergencies. This stir-fry combines the cheap and convenient with the fresh and delicious. Get the recipe.
10. Crispy Baked Cornflake Chicken Tenders by Natalies Health
The perfect Friday night in front of the TV kind of dinner that didn’t come from a box, and tastes so much better. Get the recipe.
11. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup by The Belly Rules The Mind
The perfect hearty meal for the whole family packed full of veggies and made so so easy by the magic that is the Instant Pot! Get the recipe.
12. Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing by The Recipe Well
A light and refreshing salad that is perfect for the warmer months. Plus it makes fantastic meal prep – yes please! Get the recipe.
13. 15 Minute Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry by Drive Me Hungry
Skip the takeaway and make this favourite at home. Its so quick and easy to make there is no reason not to save the extra dollars by cooking. Get the recipe.
14. Vegetarian Fajita Recipe by A Simple Palate
An easy meat and dairy free alternative to your favourite Mexican, helping keeping costs down but flavours high. Get the recipe.
15. Vegan Tomato Spaghetti by Whole Food Bellies
Made with so few ingredients this spaghetti is perfect for when you haven’t been to the grocery store for a while. Get the recipe.
16. Hearty Bean and Bacon Soup by Nourish Nutrition Co
Made with in-season veggies and dried beans, this is one of the cheapest meals on this list while still being packed with nutrients. Get the recipe.
17. 10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli by A Simple Palate
One of my favourite meals! This version uses a quick homemade sauce and is the perfect healthy meal for a busy weeknight. Get the recipe.
18. Gochujang Chicken Noodle Salad by The Devil Wears Salad
This yummy Korean inspired salad is perfect when you want to explore some new flavours but still want to keep your budget in mind. Get the recipe.
19. Sticky Sesame Chickpeas by Eat With Clarity
I ALWAYS have a can of chickpeas in the pantry and this is the perfect meal to use them for. Great for those times you want to meal prep some lunches for the week without needing a whole lot of extra ingredients. Get the recipe.
20. Cream of Spinach Soup Vegan by My Pure Plants
We all know that spinach is a superfood we should all be eating more of, and with this soup you will almost forget just how healthy you are being. Get the recipe.
21. Vegan Burrito Bowl by Veggie Inspired
Use this vegan burrito bowl as an open invitation to throw all of your favourite bits in a bowl and enjoy. Get the recipe.
22. Chicken Wonton Stir-Fry Recipe by Cookin Canuck
When dumplings go on special at the grocery store, I stock up. This is such a great way of using them combined with any fresh or frozen veg you may have on hand. Get the recipe.
23. Vegan Lentil Soup by This Healthy Table
Full of veggies and spices, this hearty soup makes a big batch that is perfect for freezing. Get the recipe.
24. Chicken Cabbage Stir-Fry by Masala Herb
Made with just a handful of inexpensive ingredients, this stir-fry is the kind of one pot recipe that you need in your back pocket. Get the recipe.
25. Healthy Chicken Chow Mein by Cooking With Molly
This recipe is exactly why I love noodles. They are so delicious and come together with little effort. Get the recipe.
26. Roasted Vegetable Bowls with Green Goddess Sauce by Eight Forest Lane
This is my kind of meal prep – vegetables get roasted to perfection and then smothered in a tangy sauce that may just be my favourite thing ever. Get the recipe.
I hope you get some new inspiration to help excite your dinner plate and help keep your weekly costs down at the grocery store. For more food saving tips, check out my easy guide to meal planning.