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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
American Chop Suey $.97/serving
Black Bean Salad $.70/serving
Black Bean Soup $.40/serving
Baked Pasta Casserole $.74/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
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.