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10 Cheap and Healthy Dinner Recipes

Healthy Dinner Recipes

Are you short on budget but still want healthy and tasty meals for dinner every night? In this article, you will read about the 10 best cheap yet healthy dinner meals that are delicious enough to satisfy anyone at your table. So without further ado, start taking notes on these budget-friendly meals.

All of these dinner recipes have something for every individual. For instance, chicken, beef, seafood, vegetables, pasta are all on the menu. These budget-friendly quick meals are loaded with vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, and they all take 20 minutes or less to prepare. Beans, noodles, and frozen vegetables are all inexpensive staples that help make them more affordable. Moreover, your kids are going to love them.

1. Chicken Cutlets with Tomato Cream Sauce

No wonder why chicken recipes are everyone’s go-to choice. It’s easy to prepare and you can incorporate it with a lot of side dishes. This delicious recipe has both low calorie and carbohydrate counts so it’s a healthy dinner choice. For the preparation, you’ll need 1 cup sundried tomatoes, chicken cutlets, heavy cream, salt, pepper, fresh parsley, and chopped shallots. 

Firstly, sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, then cook it on medium heat until tender. On the other hand, add shallots as well as sun-dried tomatoes in a pan and allow them to saute. Now add wine (optional) and cook for about 2 minutes until fully evaporated. Next, add in the cream, salt, pepper, and simmer for a few minutes. To serve, coat the chicken with the sauce and top with fresh parsley and some more sauce.

2. Healthy Penne Pasta

The best thing about this healthy dinner recipe is that it takes hardly 10 minutes to prepare and consists of ingredients that are easily available at home. You’ll need whole-grain penne pasta along with the vegetables of your choice. Also, artichokes, salami, tomatoes, basil leaves, olive oil, and plenty of mozzarella cheese are what you’ll need.

Boil the pasta. After you are done just set it aside to let it cool. Now, heat olive oil in a pan and add salami, artichoke, and cook for a few minutes. Then toss in the tomatoes and basil leaves. Cook the sauce on a low flame till you see it getting thick. Finally, add in the cheese and pasta. Serve hot and garnish with basil leaves.

3. Avocados Stuffed with Salmon

Avocados and salmon, both are healthy ingredients that are combined in this quick and delicious recipe. Canned salmon is a useful pantry staple and a convenient way to get omega-3-rich fish into your diet. Canned salmon, yogurt, fresh parsley, lime juice, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, celery, avocados, and chives, are ingredients that you’ll need.

To make the dressing, whisk together the yogurt, parsley, lime juice, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Now add salmon and mix them well. Now, scoop out half of the avocado flesh, mash it, and add it into the mixture. Stir the mixture well and start filling each avocado with the salmon mixture. Top it with some chives and wait for your kids to love it.

4. Vegetables Wrap

This is a must-try healthy and budget-friendly recipe. It’s good for both dinners and for packing a quick lunch for your kids too. These wraps have a sushi vibe. Stuffed with vegetables, hummus, cheese, rolled, and then diced. It also has a creamy herb sauce which is easy to make. You’ll need the following ingredients: tortillas, hummus, cheese, spinach, bell pepper, carrots, red cabbage, broccoli, and any other veggies of your choice.

Furthermore, it is easy to put together. Spread each tortilla with hummus, cheese, and all the veggies. Cut the wraps into slices after rolling them. Serve with your favorite sauce. Plus point, it is a good Vegetarian meal option.

5. Mushroom and Stir-fry Tofu

To make this, you’ll require mushrooms, bell pepper, scallions, ginger, garlic, baked tofu/smoked tofu, oyster sauce, and oil. For the first step, add bell peppers and mushrooms after you lightly heat the oil. Stir occasionally until they are soft. 

Next, add scallions, ginger, and garlic. Cook for another few seconds and set the vegetables aside. Combine the oil and tofu in the same pan. After that, toss the tofu until it is golden brown equally on each side. That will take approximately 3-4 minutes. Serve hot over brown rice. Make sure to try this budget-friendly recipe.

6. Cheese and Herb Omelet

Who says an omelet can’t be enjoyed for dinner? Try this delicious omelet recipe and you’ll think likewise. The secret of this recipe is choosing the best goat cheese. Besides cheese and eggs, you’ll only need a few ingredients from your pantry. Mix the eggs with salt and pepper seasoning as well as milk in a separate mixing bowl. After that, put in the parsley with cheese separately.

To make the best omelet make sure to use a non-stick pan. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, without stirring, after pouring the egg mixture into the non-stick pan. Loosen the edges with a spatula and ensure no runny egg remains in the pan. Next, add a coat of cheese evenly on the omelet, cover it and cook until the cheese melts. Now, fold in half and serve. Garnish with herbs if you want.

7. Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken

For a quick yet delicious meal, this recipe can be your savior. It’s easy on the pockets as it only requires a few ingredients. Once you try, you’ll be eager to make this Low-Calorie meal again and again. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Begin by browning the chicken in a skillet. Cook for 4 minutes on each side after seasoning it with salt.

After that, arrange lemon slices along the sides. Now, transfer chicken to the oven and bake it. Moreover, add lemon juice, maple syrup, and butter to a pan. After that, sprinkle salt and pepper as per your taste. Serve the delicious lemon-flavored chicken with the sauce.

8. Two-Ingredient-Dough Margherita Pizza

The quickest pizza recipe you’ve ever heard of which is also easy to make. All credits to the two-ingredient dough that combines yogurt and self-rising flour. You can roll and put it straight into the oven without waiting for it to rise, unlike the regular dough. For the recipe, you’ll need two-ingredients dough, basil leaves, pizza sauce, cornmeal, and mozzarella cheese.

Preheat the oven on one side while starting rolling the dough on the other. Circle the dough in a 14 inch round. Cover with cornmeal and place the pizza dough on the top. Next, spread the sauce and sprinkle with cheese and basil leaves. For the last step, bake the pizza to perfection and serve piping hot.  

9. Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower

This is a one-pot Mac & Cheese recipe with cauliflower for a healthy touch. It takes hardly 20 minutes to prepare. First, prepare the cheese sauce with butter, flour, and milk. Add in cheese and whisk well until no lumps. On the other side, boil pasta and stir in your favorite veggies like cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, etc. 

Cook well until both pasta and veggies are tender. Next, heat oil in the pot and add garlic. When the garlic is fragrant and brown, add the pasta as well as the veggies. Now, add the cheese sauce and simmer for about a minute. Lastly, serve hot and enjoy your delicious meal.

10. Quesadillas with Pepper and Onion

This 15-minute quesadilla recipe is a must-try. You can add toppings that you like. Firstly spread the tortilla and spread with peppers and onions on half of the side. Top them with cheese, and fold in half.

Meanwhile, heat a pan and quick the quesadillas until the cheese melts and they get crispy brown on the outside. Repeat the process for other quesadillas and you can serve them with salsa, or any other sauce of your choice.


In conclusion, the list above of healthy and budget-friendly meals has something for everyone. Try your favorite recipe once and you’ll be eager to try others as well. Moreover, it is not too hard on the pocket as you’ll find most of the ingredients available at your home easily. Therefore, give them a try as soon as possible.

Written by HealthRadar360


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