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26 Budget Recipes That Are Also Really Good For You

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.

26 healthy budget recipes - pinterestIt’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.

Golden Turmeric Sweet Potato Soup by Eight Forest Lane2. 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.

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps by The Saucy Fig3. 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.

Quick Bowtie Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Peas by Cooking With Molly4. 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.

Egg Roll in a Bowl by Whole New Mum5. 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.

Whole30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole by Downshiftology6. 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.

Spaghetti aglio olio by The Clever Meal7. 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.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry by Cook It Real Good8. 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.

One Pan Roast Chicken by Eight Forest Lane9. 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.

Ramen Noodle Chicken Stir-Fry by The Cozy Cook10. 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.

Crispy Baked Cornflake Chicken Tenders by Natalies Health11. 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.

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup by The Belly Rules The Mind12. 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.

Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing by The Recipe Well13. 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.

15 Minute Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry by Drive Me Hungry14. 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.

Vegetarian Fajita Recipe by A Simple Palate15. 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.

Vegan Tomato Spaghetti by Whole Food Bellies16. 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.

Hearty Bean and Bacon Soup by Nourish Nutrition Co17. 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.

10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli by A Simple Palate18. 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.

Gochujang Chicken Noodle Salad by The Devil Wears Salad19. 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.

Sticky Sesame Chickpeas by Eat With Clarity20. 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.

Cream of Spinach Soup Vegan by My Pure Plants21. 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.

Vegan Burrito Bowl by Veggie Inspired22. 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.

Chicken Wonton Stir-Fry Recipe by Cookin Canuck23. 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.

Vegan Lentil Soup by This Healthy Table24. 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.

Chicken Cabbage Stir-Fry by Masala Herb25. 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.

Healthy Chicken Chow Mein by Cooking With Molly26. 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.

Roasted Vegetable Bowls with Green Goddess Sauce by Eight Forest Lane

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.

Sally x

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Chelsey
    September 13, 2019 at 9:09 am

    This is such a great round up of healthy family friendly recipes! I can’t wait to try the Golden Turmeric Sweet Potato Soup, looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Sally
      September 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Chelsey!

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    Jamie
    September 13, 2019 at 2:51 am

    All of these recipes look so delicious!

    • Reply
      Sally
      September 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

      So many great options!

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    Phenie Ooi
    September 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    What a great list! I have a family of 5 and it’s always a challenge finding meals that are healthy and suits the budget. There’s quite a number in here I know my kids will like. Thank you. x

    • Reply
      Sally
      September 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Glad you found the list helpful!

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