Healthy Frugal Dinner Recipes

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These 60 healthy frugal dinner recipes will help you to save money while feeding your family nutritious meals on busy nights. Less than $1 per serving!

Collage of healthy frugal meals

The holiday season is upon us. Along with all the fun and revelry, we also face lots of additional expenses this time of year. Nobody wants to enter the new year in debt from holiday shopping, so it’s a good idea to look at ways to cut expenses during the holidays.

Adding some frugal recipes to your dinner rotation is one thing that can definitely help. I’ve gathered 60 healthy recipes that cost less than $1 per serving. These meals will not only help you to feel your best in the midst of all the cookie swaps, they’ll also help you feel better about your bank account.

What are your favorite meals to make for dinner when money is tight? Please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for new recipes to try in my weekly meal plans.

And check out these 30 frugal dinner ideas for more healthy recipes.

60 Healthy Frugal Dinner Recipes

From soups and salads to hearty casseroles and frittatas, this list has something for everyone.


60 healthy frugal dinner recipes - less than $1 per serving!

Crock Pot Taco Soup $.98 per serving

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup $.86 per serving

Instant Pot vegetable soup in a bowl
This pizza soup is a healthy meal on a budget.

Pizza Soup $.96 per serving

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup, a healthy dinner on a budget

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup $.73 per serving

Vegetarian Cassoulet makes a delicious, frugal dinner!

Vegetarian Cassoulet $.81 per serving

Black bean soup makes a great frugal dinner!

Black Bean Soup $.40 per serving

Smoky Red Lentil Stew is a comforting, healthy soup recipe for a cold night.

Smoky Red Lentil Stew $.62 per serving

This squash chili costs just $.58 per serving!

Butternut Squash Chili $.58 per serving

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Tomato Parmesan Slow Cooker Soup $.94 per serving

Split Pea Soup $.90 per serving. Great healthy dinner recipe!

Split Pea Soup $.90 per serving

Quinoa Chili is one of the 25 healthy soup recipes featured here.

Quinoa Chili $.87 per serving

Corn chowder is a frugal healthy meal that tastes great any time of year.

Corn Chowder $.69 per serving

Frugal healthy soup recipes

Kale White Bean Squash Soup $.99 per serving

Southwestern Chicken Soup is a delicious, frugal, healthy dinner recipe.

Southwestern Chicken Soup $.90 per serving

Mexican White Bean Soup, one of 25 frugal soup recipes

Mexican White Bean Soup $.92 per serving

Carrot soup is a great frugal dinner!

Carrot Soup $.49 per serving

Chicken Soup is classic comfort food. This is a great frugal recipe to get your through whatever is troubling you.

Chicken Soup $.78 per serving

Dumpling Soup is a real bargain at just $.21 per serving! Great frugal dinner recipe.

Dumpling Soup $.21 per serving

Easy, healthy, frugal soup recipes. What more could your meal plan ask for?

Greek Lentil Soup $.70 per serving

These 25 frugal healthy soup recipes are such a great resource for meal planning!

Mushroom Soup $.93 per serving

Potato Leek Soup is one of my favorite frugal soup recipes.

Potato Leek Soup $.59 per serving

Broccoli soup is a great frugal dinner recipe.

Broccoli Soup $.57 per serving

Squash tortilla soup is such a great healthy dinner recipe. It's cheap, too, at just $.80 per serving!

Squash Tortilla Soup $.80 per serving

Frugal soup recipes

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup $.80 per serving

25 healthy frugal soups

Vegetable Soup $.98 per serving

Gazpacho is such a delicious soup, and it's also frugal!

Gazpacho $.82 per serving

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Best Crock Pot Chili $.57 per serving


Healthy meals on a budget: black bean corn salad

Black Bean Corn Salad $.87 per serving

So many healthy, frugal dinner recipes via

Butternut Squash Taco Salad $.98 per serving

This is just one of the many healthy, frugal dinner recipes from!

Pesto Pasta Salad $.96 per serving

This classic taco salad is a healthy, frugal dinner recipe!

Classic Taco Salad $.94 per serving


Curry Chicken Salad $.92 per serving

Vegan Potato and Grilled Corn Salad Recipe

Potato and Grilled Corn Salad $.73 per serving


This baked pasta casserole is the perfect frugal, healthy dinner!

Baked Pasta Casserole $.74 per serving

I love these cauliflower pancakes for a healthy lunch or dinner!

Cauliflower Pancakes $.52 per serving

Such a healthy, frugal dinner!

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce $.96 per serving

This pumpkin mac and cheese is a great frugal dinner recipe for fall!

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese $.68 per serving

Mac and cheese muffins are such a fun, frugal dinner!

Macaroni & Cheese Muffins $.46 per serving

Chicken pot pie, the perfect frugal, healthy dinner!

Chicken Pot Pie $.96 per serving


American Chop Suey $.97 per serving


Asparagus Leek Frittata $.63 per serving

This vegetarian enchilada casserole is such an easy dinner recipe!

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole $.99 per serving

Cauliflower Curry is one of 20 frugal vegan dinner recipes in this post. Add a few of these to your meal plan to save some cash this week!

Cauliflower Curry $.77 per serving

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken $.79 per serving

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Refried Beans and Brown Rice $.46 per serving

Quinoa Veggie Burgers, a frugal vegan recipe

Quinoa Veggie Burgers $.40 per serving

Calzones are the best healthy, frugal dinner on the go!

Calzone $.78 per serving

Lentil Sweet Potato Casserole, a frugal vegan dinner recipe

Lentil Sweet Potato Casserole $.75 per serving

Roasted vegetable pizza is a great frugal dinner!

Roasted Vegetable Pizza $.76 per serving

Lentil Sweet Potato Curry, a frugal vegan dinner recipe

Lentil Sweet Potato Curry $.97 per serving (using water for the stock)

Healthy vegan slow cooker chili

Vegan Crockpot Chili $.69 per serving

20 frugal vegan dinner recipes for your meal plan!

Baja Rice and Peas $.95 per serving


White Bean Tuna Cakes $.81 per serving

Chicken enchiladas for a healthy, frugal dinner!

Chicken Enchiladas $.94 per serving


Vegan Barbecue Baked Beans $.78 per serving

Such a great quiche recipe!

Swiss Chard Tomato Quiche $.82 per serving


Easy Mini Frittatas $.56 per serving

Sweet potato pancakes are a fun and frugal breakfast for dinner!

Sweet Potato Pancakes $.61 per serving

Broccoli fried rice in a bowl

Broccoli Fried Rice $.91 per serving

Healthy frugal meal - crock pot taco soup


  1. Wow, what a roundup Annemarie! I’ll definitely be including some of these on some upcoming Menu Plan Mondays! Healthy and cheap?! Win win!

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