How to Make Cheap and Healthy Meals : 42 Recipes

By | March 23, 2020

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With many locations under lockdown in the ongoing pandemic and the tightening of financial belts due to the economic downturn, this is the perfect time to try your hand at making these scrumptious recipes that are both healthy and kind to your wallet.

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To be on the safe side, one mustn’t assume commercially-prepared food deliveries are going to be 100% virus-free.

Create these healthy and oh-so-delicious meals and find out why they’re so good for you. Warning: Don’t look at these recipes on an empty stomach, like I did.

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#1 Classic Wedge Salad

Its Garden Thyme saysYou’ll love pulling this Classic Wedge Salad recipe together to satisfy all those cravings. It’s easy, quick, super satisfying and super inexpensive to make for under $10!”

#2 Easy Baked Vegan Donuts

Any Reason Vegans says “These healthy baked donuts only cost about $4 to make. Oatmeal is pretty inexpensive after all. Vegan oatmeal donuts are sugar and oil free.”

#3 Easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Any Reason Vegans saysVegan blueberry mini muffins are made with vegan pancake mix, banana instead of eggs, and blueberries for taste. They’re pretty inexpensive to make, approximately $5 dollars per batch!”

#4 Chipotle Chicken Bowl Meal

The Meal Prep Ninja says” Healthy cheap chicken chipotle meal prep recipes. Only around $2.50 USD a bowl.”

#5 Vegan Cabbage Soup Recipe

Fresh Coast Eats saysVegan Cabbage Soup Recipe: An easy, healthy and comforting soup made from vegetable broth, cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, celery and stewed tomatoes. Breaks down to a couple of dollars a serving!

#6 Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Fresh Coast Eats says Vegan Butternut Squash Soup: This roasted butternut squash recipe is simple and naturally gluten-free and vegan with onions, garlic and vegetable broth complimenting the slowly caramelized squash. About $2 per serving.”

#7 Best Vegan Chili Recipe

Little Sunny Kitchen says “Here’s the best vegan chili recipe that you will find! It’s sooo easy to make, requires very simple ingredients, cheap, and delicious! Make this on cold winter days to warm yourself up, and serve it with homemade vegan cornbread. About $2 per serving.”

#8 Caribbean Chickpea and Potato Curry

Little Sunny Kitchen says “Caribbean chickpea and potato curry or chana aloo masala is a healthy vegan curry typically served over rice. It’s a family-friendly recipe, so easy to make, and ready in under half an hour! A couple of dollars per serving.”

#9 Mushrooms on Toast with Garlic and Thyme

Veggie Desserts says “Mushrooms on toast is a tasty and inexpensive breakfast, lunch or supper! The sauteed mushrooms are juicy and succulent, with extra flavor from the garlic and thyme. And less than 150 calories per portion!”

#10 Spanish Beans with Tomatoes

Veggie Desserts says “These Spanish beans with tomatoes and smokey sweet spices are so easy to make in one pot in less than 20 minutes with just 7 inexpensive ingredients. Only 125 calories per serving, this Spanish bean stew recipe is perfect as tapas, main meals or a side dish.”

#11 Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps

5 Minutes for Mom says “Greek chicken lettuce wraps are affordable, healthy, and easy to make. Depending on whether you purchase your chicken in bulk or shop for just enough to make 6 servings, the price should be less than $2 per portion. You can prep the ingredients for these wraps and have them for lunch all week or feed your family a fast dinner on a weeknight.”

#12 Mung Bean Hummus

Mind Body and Spirit Wellbeing says ” This is an extremely delicious vegan hummus recipe you will have to try! This healthy hummus recipe is excellent for direct consumption, as a vegan side dish, a vegan spread for toast, a gluten free dip and an appetizer or as a protein packed breakfast idea!”

#13 Best Dang Shrimp Creole

Recipes From A Pantry says “Shrimp Creole is a traditional southern food recipe that is full of flavor! This quick and easy Creole shrimp recipe is perfect for weeknight suppers, Sunday brunches, or anytime you’re craving a quick and healthier weeknight dinner.”

#14 Easy Chicken Fajita Salad

Recipes From A Pantry says “Your whole family will absolutely love this easy Chicken Fajita Salad! Homemade seasoned juicy chicken fajitas, crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, and a delicious cilantro lime salad dressing makes a great weeknight dinner that comes together in less than 20 minutes.”

#15 Instant Pot Dal Recipe

says “Instant Pot Dal is a quick, easy and delicious meatless dish that is full of aromatic spices. A perfect flavourful and satisfying meal for those busy weeknights.”

#16 Slow Cooked Chicken Italian

Fab Food 4 All says “A fabulously quick and easy to assemble, slow cooked family meal – chicken thighs in an Italian tomato, pepper, onion & mushroom sauce which you can serve with rice or pasta.”

#17 Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

Feast For A Fraction says “With lean ground turkey and diced sweet potatoes, this chili is low-calorie, naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, and full or protein and complex carbs to keep you full longer and the whole recipe costs less than $10!!”

How to Make Cheap and Healthy Meals

#19 Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Savor and Savvy says “10 Minute Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe is a great vegetarian meal that is as delicious as it looks!”

#20 Cranberry and Coconut Protein Smoothie

Money Savvy Living says “Looking for a quick and easy breakfast? Made with planted-based protein, this smoothie is healthy and delicious!”

#21 Smoothie Collection

Money Savvy Living says I also have a link to my smoothie collection if a different flavor suits what you are looking for. They are all $1-2 to make.”

#22 Lemon Garlic Zoodles

Pink Fortitude says “This super healthy zucchini noodle recipe is Whole30, Paleo, and Vegan. PS – it only takes 10 minutes to make!”

#23 The Best Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

Happy Kitchen says “It’s not only wholesome but delicious and easy to make.”

#24 One Pot Vegan Minestrone Soup

says “This minestrone soup is very nutritious and wholesome while being so delicious and comforting!”

#25 Sriracha Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Sumptuous Spoonfuls says “Tuna salad on a whole new level!”

#26 Instant Pot Potato Soup

Baking Beauty says “The Instant Pot is great for making soup if you want a soup that tastes like it has been simmered all day.”

#27 Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Baking Beauty says”Luckily this Instant Pot chicken noodle soup cooks up in just 5 minutes!”

#28 Instant Pot Pot Roast

Baking Beauty says ” This Instant Pot roast has a wonderful slow cooked flavor/texture, in a fraction of the time!”

#29 Italian Cabbage and Rice

Christina C. says “Italian Cabbage and Rice…Simple, Healthy and Delicious.”

#30 Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Cook at Home Mom says “This easy Sausage and Tortellini Soup is a quick, hearty, and delicious meal for your whole family! Made with flavorful broth, ground sausage, tomatoes, fresh spinach and cheese tortellini, it’s a budget-friendly, satisfying dinner recipe that you’ll make again and again!”

#31 Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Home Made Lovely says “…here’s an easy Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie recipe to soothe that comfort food craving!”

Healthy Frugal Meals Your Family Loves

#32 Italian Wedding Soup

Food Meanderings says “This Easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe is quick, easy healthy (@ only 4 WW smart points on the blue plan per serving) with no pre-cooking meatballs required!I This soup is around $1.00 per serving!”

#33 Banh Mi Turkey Hot Dog

Food Meanderings says “Loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, this gourmet hot dog is the perfect way to get your Banhi Mi sandwich (Vietnamese sub) fix in a quick, economical and healthy way. Using Turkey Hot dogs, it’s only 5 Weight Watchers freestyle smart points!”

#34 Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Primal Edge Health says “This easy cheeseburger pie is perfect for a low-stress dinner any day of the week! Flavored with simple everyday ingredients, it is sure to be a new family favorite. Plus, you probably already have these budget-friendly ingredients on hand in your fridge right now.”

#35 Open Faced Tuna Melt

Food Meanderings says “These quick, easy, healthy and economical Open-faced Tuna Melts are made with cream cheese, no mayo, a little kick from the jalapenos and are the perfect last minute dinner or lunch. You can make them ahead and reheat, so they’re also perfect for the lunch bag!”

#36 Instant Pot Ham Recipe with Vegetables

Sustain My Cooking Habit says “This easy instant pot recipe includes a ham and plenty of vegetables, plus it only costs around $10 to make!”

#37 Vegan Breakfast Hash

Gourmandelle says “In love with savory breakfasts? Then you’ll surely love this amazing recipe for vegan breakfast hash, loaded with healthy vegetables! Give it a try!”

#38 One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice

Thrifty Frugal Mom says “This easy recipe combines chicken, rice, tomatoes, onions and peppers into a delicious Mexican inspired skillet meal that is ready in just 30 minutes! And it only costs about $6 to make too!”

#39 Sweet Potato And Chickpea Curry

Mommy Thrives says “This easy curry recipe is about $3 to make and delicious. It’s completely vegan and you can use either canned coconut milk or any non dairy milk to make with it. It’s loaded with vitamins and provides a good dose of protein in the chickpeas. You can also add eggplant or yellow squash to add a bit more to each serving. Serve over white or brown rice depending on your preference.”

#40 Super Fast Vegetable Fried Rice

Money Tamer says “This budget fried rice is so fast and inexpensive since it uses frozen vegetables and leftover rice from a prior meal. It ends up only costing $1.58 per person! It’s full of vegetables while still being tasty, making it a healthy meal your entire family will enjoy.

#41 Slow cooker Italian meatballs in tomato sauce

Recipe Pocket says”A very easy and versatile dish: serve with pasta for an easy main meal, stuff the meatballs into a sandwich for a delicious lunch, use as a topping on pizza, or make them small and serve as party toothpick appetizers. It’s a budget friendly recipe that uses inexpensive ingredients to create something delicious. Try it today!”

#42 Easy Balsamic Roasted Chicken Sheet Pan Supper

Recipes Worth Repeating says “This easy Balsamic Roasted Chicken Sheet Pan Supper is the perfect meal you can make any night of the week, and it’s ready in under an hour! Colorful veggies with herb roasted chicken thighs makes for the perfect dinner recipe! Average cost per person is $2.38!”

Wrap Up

Preparing cheap, healthy and nutritious meals can be simple and easy when you this great collection of recipes at hand.

Just in case you’re hungry for more recipes, I’ve included these amazing ones below for your convenience.

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