30 Healthy Dinner Recipes

healthy dinner recipes Many people struggle to provide their families with a nutritious, whole food diet on a tight food budget. I often hear from people who are looking for frugal, healthy dinner recipes to help keep their food spending in check.

Fortunately, homemade food is usually less expensive than its store-bought counterpart. If you make the commitment to cook most of your food from scratch, you’ll be able to zero in on a grocery budget that works for your family. I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes from around the web. Each recipe costs less than $1 per serving. By plugging one or two of these recipes into your meal plan each week, you’ll bring down your grocery spending and add some variety to your dinner menu.

30 Frugal, Healthy Dinner Recipes

healthy dinner recipes

American Chop Suey $.97/serving

Black Bean Salad $.70/serving

Black Bean Soup $.40/serving

Baked Pasta Casserole $.74/serving

Calzones $.78/serving

Carrot Soup $.49/serving

Chicken Enchiladas $.94/serving

Chicken Pot Pie $.96/serving

Chicken Soup $.78/serving

Coconut Black Beans $.82/serving

Corn Chowder $.69/serving

Creamy Tomato Soup $.51/serving

Dumpling Soup $.21/serving

Fajita-Style Quesadillas $.43/serving

Fried Rice $.49/serving

Leek and Mushroom Tart $.69/serving

Lentil Sweet Potato Casserole $.75/serving

Macaroni and Cheese Muffins $.46 per serving

Mushroom Soup $.93/serving

Potato Leek Soup $.59/serving

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese $.68/serving

Refried Beans & Brown Rice $.46/serving

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce $.96/serving

Sauteed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Parmesan $.80/serving

Smoky Red Lentil Stew $.62/serving

Southwestern Chicken Soup $.90/serving

Squash Chili $.58/serving

Swiss Chard Tomato Quiche $.82/serving

Taco Salad $.94/serving

Zucchini Potato Frittata $.49/serving

 

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Cost Analysis

Your cost may vary based on the ingredient prices in your area. Check out my price chart to see typical prices in my area of Massachusetts. I’ll be updating this price chart soon to take into account the great real food deals I’ve found at Costco. You can download my Costco Real Food Savings Chart here. Do you have other suggestions for healthy meals that cost less than $1 per serving? Please share them in the comments.




Comments

  1. Hi Annemarie! I think this is a great list of healthy but still affordable meals! Definitely sharing this one! I noticed you are involved with The Recipe ReDux. I just got accepted this month and can’t wait to start :)

    • Thanks for sharing, Christine! And welcome to the Recipe Redux. It’s a great group with lots of fun opportunities. I’ll look for your post next month. :)

  2. I hear that a lot, too. People don’t realize that you’re paying so much extra for all that packaging. Great list!

  3. This is a fantastic resource for affordable meals. I am pinning and recommending this!

  4. I’m excited to find this link! To think I can make my own ricotta cheese! I’m psyched. My fiance and I realized we’re cutting it very close on our wedding budget, so I found your site in an effort to cut my grocery budget (which already knew we would need to do once we live together). I’m making a couple of these recipes tonight and freezing a lot of what I make so I can still have easy freezer meals during all the chaos!

  5. Thanks so much for this list! I aim to make pretty much all my recipes for $.85 or less per serving, and it’s so nice to have the math done for me! :)

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