10 Cheap and Healthy Meals to Stay Within Your Budget

By Raven Stewart / Updated: Jul 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / Posted in Big Life on a Small Budget

Cheap and Healthy Recipes To Try Right Now
Do you know it is possible to eat healthy and tasty food and yet stay within your budget? Most of the time when well-flavored food is mentioned, the first thing that comes in mind is digging deeper into the pocket or breaking the bank, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Taking out an instant payday loan to cover your meal is never a good idea, because healthy food may be cheap as well.

Some recipes are healthy, affordable, easy to make and ingredients readily available; you may even have some of the recipes in your collection at home.

In this sense we agree with what Karista Bennett, a renowned cooking guru, says, “Food should not only satisfy hunger, but it should also feed the soul, nourish the body and delight the senses.”

Let’s dive into these recipes together!

1. Fried Brown Rice With Eggs and Vegetables

Best Fried Rice With Eggs and Vegetables Recipe on a Budget
This meal is simple and very easy to prepare, and yet health packed. Brown rice is a whole grain and is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is also readily available and pocket-friendly. Eggs are rich in high-quality proteins and vitamins D, B6, B12 and minerals while vegetables are loaded with vitamins.

2. Sweet Potato, Chickpeas With Spinach Curry

Best Sweet Potato Chickpeas With Spinach Curry Recipe on a Budget
It’s so easy to prepare since it takes roughly an hour to have it done. Also, if prepared in bulk can be frozen for later consumption. All the above are well packed with vitamins, fiber and have minerals that support the immune system.

3. Egg Toast With Avocado

Best Egg Toast With Avocado Recipe on a Budget
This meal is filling, easy to make and healthy. It is good especially when you feel like taking breakfast at dinner time. It’s also a combination loaded with vitamins and proteins and heart-healthy fats. It is especially good for when you need a quick fix, but healthy dine.

4. Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken

Best Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe on a Budget
Chicken is a healthier and cheaper source of proteins. It’s low in calories and cholesterol. With readily available lemon and pepper in the market and a mix of garlic powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, pepper, and olive oil this meal becomes exquisite and at the same time budget friendly. You should have already tried this meal like yesterday.

5. Peanut Butter Pancakes

Best Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe on a Budget
The perfect breakfast at dinner time meal! It’s easy to make as peanut butter becomes just an addition to the normal pancakes ingredients. Served with an apple slice, it becomes a meal that is highly nutritious and healthy without necessarily breaking into the bank. The amazing taste of peanut butter combined with apples brings in a whole new taste of pancakes.

6. Smoked Sausages and Rice Skillet

Best Smoked Sausages and Rice Skillet Recipe on a Budget
A meal that doesn’t long to prepare and is mouthwatering. You may also prefer to use andouille sausages instead of smoked ones as they have a good flavor as they have some delicious spices in them.

7. Beef and Vegetable Hot Pot

Best Beef and Vegetables Hot Pot Recipe on a Budget
With its mix of snow peas, mushrooms, soy sauce, and chili sauce is a fast meal with less complication that is healthy and light on the body, takes a short time to prepare, mouth-watering, and it’s a meal once tasted you would want to eat more often. It can also be a good meal to prepare for when you have dinner or lunch guests

8. Chicken and Avocado Sushi

Best Chicken and Avocado Sushi Recipe on a Budget
This unique mix of sushi rice and brown rice, soy sauce, vinegar, grated carrots, and chicken breasts. The exquisite taste of this meal will leave the memories on the eater’s mouth.

9. Tomato Spinach Shrimp Pasta

Best Tomato Spinach Shrimp Pasta Recipe on a Budget
Ready in 30 minutes this meal is delicious, healthy and light. It is budget friendly and mouthwatering. With a mix of basil, lemon juice and lemon peel this meal full of flavor and with quite cheap ingredients.

10. Shakshuka

Best Shakshuka Recipe on a Budget
Shakshuka must be one of the cheapest mouth-watering meal. It’s baked eggs cooked in tomato sauce and added spices according to one’s preference. Although it’s a scarce meal hardly mentioned it is a super-meal with a fantastic taste and flavor.

Eating good and tasty food on a low budget is possible without necessarily sacrificing on the flavor. You just have to be creative, adventurous willing to learn and try out new and different ways of preparing meals in your kitchen. As much as classic and traditional is good, a unique style and idea now and then will bring life into your dining table. We can’t help to cite Martha Stewart when she tells that “You should feel great about cooking a good meal for your family.”

Karista Bennett Photo
Karista Bennett (@KaristasKitchen) is a recipe developer, author, and photographer based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She also works as a private chef at her own Kitchen (@Karista’s Kitchen) and as a IACP award-winning PCC Cooks Instructor at the Culinary School in Seattle.
Martha Stewart Photo
Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) is an American retail executive, businesswoman, writer, TV personality. She successfully runs themarthablog.com and hosts cooking TV shows like From Martha’s Kitchen, Martha bakes and several others.
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