30 Healthy Dinner Recipes

30 healthy dinner recipes, each less than $1 per serving. It pays to make your dinner from scratch! Great resource for frugal meal planning.


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.

For detailed guidance about how to meal plan, you’ll want to check out my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. It has everything you’ll need to get organized in the kitchen.

30 Frugal, Healthy Dinner Recipes

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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.


    • says

      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. :)

  1. says

    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!

  2. Rachel B says

    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! :)

  3. JJ says

    Feed two for 50¢ in the summer. Pasta salad: spaghetti pasta, 1/8 green pepper diced, 1/8 onion chopped, 1/4 tomato diced, sliced olives (about 10), 1/8 cucumber sliced, and about 2 TB Italian dressing.
    2 slices of bread toasted with garlic powder and butter.

  4. says

    I am about as frugal as they come in the kitchen. I HATE food waste, so am always looking to be creative with bits of this and that which are leftover. This is a great round-up!

  5. says

    Thanks for all the great links. WIll be trying some of these recipes and sharing them with my readers (link to your website)l Thanks.

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