10 Cheap and Healthy Dinner Ideas

10 Cheap and Healthy Dinner Ideas

Many people think that eating healthy is expensive but it's possible to eat great quality food on a tight budget with these 10 dinner ideas:

1. Spicy Fish and Olive Spaghetti

Get a healthy dose of fibre and protein with this easy dinner recipe that is good for a family of four. The main ingredients are simple, you just need one 8-ounce fish fillet and, garlic and tomato sauce tossed in whole-grain pasta.   

2. Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms

This healthy budget dinner might take some time to cook but on a Saturday night (when you have free time) you and your family can enjoy the earthy, rich flavour of porcini mushrooms and moist and flavourful chicken thighs on top of brown rice.

3. Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

This cheap but healthy dinner is perfect for a regular weeknight, yet it can be elegant enough to serve to guests. A ripe avocado adds healthy fat to this meal and the homemade grapefruit dressing eliminates added sugar over the shrimp.

4. Mushroom Lasagne

This pasta recipe is perfect for vegetarians since dried porcini mushroom is used instead of meat. Plus, if you make a large batch you can freeze portions and reheat in the microwave.

5. Bacon and Broccoli Rice Bowl

Just make sure you have a larger portion of broccoli than bacon to make sure you get a healthy dose of nutrients. Add a quartered slice egg, little strips of bacon and broccoli on top of your brown rice. You can also add some shredded carrots if you want to.

6. Grilled Chicken Wraps

Shred your boneless chicken breasts in a tangy mayonnaise mixture, add some cabbage and pickles and then wrap it all up in a flatbread sandwich. This is a nice budget meal if you want to have a tortilla-style dinner.

7. Garlic Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

Add a twist to this budget dinner idea by slicing cremini mushrooms and adding thinly-sliced garlic to this comfort food. You can also include some cabbage which mixes pretty well with the hash.

8. Roast Chicken and Vegetables

This is a healthy family dinner that is easy in the wallet. The recipe is pretty straightforward, just roast chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery and onion with little olive oil.

9. Easy Grilled Chicken Salad

A budget healthy dinner that can be served as a main dish over fresh spinach, chopped pecans, fresh lemon juice, celery, and green onions. Just grill skinless, boneless chicken breasts, then shred them. You can toss in sour cream to the chicken mixture for a more flavourful dinner.

10. Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

This cheap, healthy and meatless dinner can be a regular meal for the family. The recipe is simple, just cook the penne pasta then bake about 700 grams of cauliflower trimmed and cut into florets with two medium shallots. You can add shaved cheese and sprinkle your cauliflower pasta with parsley. 

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