Healthy Meals on a Budget

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These 20 healthy meals on a budget are easy, delicious recipes that will keep your grocery costs down. These frugal dinners each cost less than $5, and you can make all 20 of them for less than $80!

These 20 healthy meals on a budget are easy, delicious recipes that will keep your grocery costs down. These frugal dinners each cost less than $5, and you can make all 20 of them for less than $80!

Grocery prices are on the rise, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to get takeout. If you want to save money, one of the best ways to trim your budget is to make homemade food.

There are so many easy, delicious recipes that use affordable ingredients. Beans, lentils, eggs, and fresh vegetables can be the building blocks to the perfect frugal meal plan. Keeping meat to a minimum while enjoying it as a complement to a veggie-based meal is a great approach to healthy, frugal eating.

If you’re not sure where to start with managing homemade dinners, you’ll want to read my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. It has everything you need to plan meals, shop, and cook real food with confidence. Add a few of the meals below to your meal plan and watch your savings account grow.

Healthy Meals on a Budget

These 20 recipes each cost less than $5 for four servings. You could actually make four servings of all 20 recipes for less than $80!

The prices listed below are the costs for 4 servings. Many of the recipes make more than four servings, and serving amounts are indicated on the individual recipe pages. Most of the ingredient prices can be found in my price chart. Your prices may vary a bit from what I pay, but this will give you some new ideas for healthy meals on a budget.

Crockpot chicken tacos are a healthy, frugal meal.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos $4.52 for 4 servings


Mexican Lentil Detox Salad $4.99 for 4 servings

This pizza soup is a healthy meal on a budget.

Pizza Soup $3.85 for 4 servings

Mexican frittata in a skillet

Mexican Frittata $4.76 for 4 servings

This crockpot chili is such an easy frugal meal!

Crockpot Freezer Meal Chili $4.78 for 4 servings

Butternut squash stew, a cheap and easy dinner recipe

Vegan Butternut Squash Stew $4.75 for 4 servings


Curry Chicken Salad $3.68 for 4 servings

Healthy meals on a budget: black bean corn salad

Black Bean Corn Salad $3.46 for 4 servings


Asparagus Leek Frittata $2.51 for 4 servings

Cauliflower curry in a bowl

Cauliflower Chickpea Curry $3.44 for 4 servings


White Bean Tuna Cakes $3.24 for 4 servings

This fall harvest stew is a frugal, healthy dinner recipe.

Fall Harvest Stew $4.56 for 4 servings


Vegan Barbecue Baked Beans $3.13 for 4 servings

baked pasta in a casserole pan

Baked Pasta Casserole $2.96 for 4 servings


Easy Mini Frittatas $2.23 for 4 servings


Easy Chili Mac $3.88 for 4 servings


Provencal Stew $4.25 for 4 servings


Crustless Spinach Feta Quiche $4.65 for 4 servings


Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup $4.86 for 4 servings


Multicolored Scrambled Eggs Skillet $4.73 for 4 servings

Frugal Dinner Recipe Resources

Don’t miss the other posts in my frugal dinner recipes series. There are so many great recipes here!

30 healthy dinner recipes for less than $1 per serving

30 Healthy Dinners for Less than $1 per Serving

Slow cookers are a great meal planning resource when you want to stock your freezer with healthy meals!

10 Slow Cooker Recipes for Less Than $1 per Serving

20 vegan dinner recipes for less than $1 per serving

20 Vegan Dinner Recipes for Less than $1 per Serving

Healthy soup recipes for less than $1 per serving

25 Healthy Soup Recipes for Less than $1 per Serving


  1. Thanks so much for making this! I’m trying to be more budget wise this year, and this will come in really handy! Thanks as well for including my Provencal Stew in this awesome collection!

  2. It’s is amazing to see all these budget friendly recipes that are good for you. It’s proof that healthy food can be affordable.

  3. I love seeing so many soups! They are an awesome way to eat on a budge while still getting in tons of nutrients 🙂

  4. What a great collection of dishes non of which look like you are being frugal… Eating like a champ for less always sounds like a grand idea 🙂

  5. I love love this post! I live with a medical student, so definitely taking advantage of these and sharing with friends!

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