Healthy Dinner Ideas On a Budget
A week’s worth of healthy dinners on a budget
My family and I like to eat healthy but we also are on a budget! I know a lot of people want to budget for their New Year’s resolution. So I thought I would help out. I know there are plenty of foods you can eat that are super cheap but they might not be the healthiest.
My goal is to spend less than $60 for this week’s meals for my family of four and I want them to be healthier options. I will be shopping for deals, which to me means I may end up going to a few different stores. I am looking at Walmart and Fresh Thyme. Fresh Thyme always has great deals on meat and my family LOVES meat!
Best day to shop!
Wednesdays are my favorite days to shop because Fresh Thyme runs double ads! So you can shop the ads from the week before and the week coming up. YES!! I bought most of what we needed from Walmart and then the chicken and pork from Fresh Thyme.
I like a variety of foods. But I also I wanted to make sure I found things that my kids would eat and we stay on a budget. They tend to be picky about trying new things but I know some of these they will love! If not, then more for me and Jacob, right?
Here is my shopping list for the week. Some of the ingredients I already had in my pantry so I did not need to purchase them. I ended up spending $52.69 total which I am excited about! I did end up changing some of the recipes because I wanted to make use of everything for at least two meals! These prices are based on Walmart and Fresh Thyme pricing for the week. I like to get certain meats (chicken and pork) when they are on a really good sale!
Mini Sweet Peppers $2.48
Iceburg Lettuce $1.48
Plain Greek yogurt $0.76
Mozzarella cheese $4.22
Ricotta cheese $1.88
Parmesan cheese $2.44
Pasta sauce $1.98
Tomato sauce $1.56
Chicken broth $2
Franks Red Hot $1.18
Medium Salsa $1.98
Taco seasoning $0.88
Lasagna Noodles $1.48
Whole Wheat Tortillas $2.47
Tortilla Chips $2
Brown Rice $1.50
Italian sausage $2.78
Ground turkey $1.50
Stir fry veggies $2.24
My meal plan is as follows:
Monday: Spinach and Feta Quiche
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Pork Stir Fry
Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Friday: Fajita Quesadilla
Saturday: Easy Meat Lasagna
Sunday: Pizza Soup
SUPER easy to make and the prep is quick! Which is nice on a busy week night! This would also make a great brunch item! And let me tell you, this is worth the $5.27 for an 8 serving quiche. It is SO good. I would add ham to it because I love ham and eggs! But definitely a winner! And Jackson and Marley liked it SO MAJOR win!!! And the leftovers were lunch the next day for Jacob and I!
We love Taco Salad in this family. Taco Tuesdays happen ALMOST every Tuesday! I mean, it quick its easy and its delicious! So I definitely needed to add this to our budget meals! It is definitely healthy when you portion it out. And we use ground turkey which has less fat than beef and is cheaper! We spent a total of $7.84 on this meal AND there is a TON of left overs! Yay, lunch tomorrow!! I am not a huge fan of sour cream so I kept that out of this recipes.
I used Fit Foodie Finds sauce for my pork and stir fry. I got stir fry veggies and brown rice with quinoa to eat with it. $5.95 for this LARGE meal with TONS of leftovers! While tons of veggies left over! All of the ingredients for the sauce, I had in my pantry which was nice. Asian food is some of my favorite meals to have and I love spending only $6 to feed my family of 4!! I will state that the sauce is spicy. So, I only used ¼ cup of Sriracha instead of ½ cup and it still had a bit of a kick! BUT IT WAS SO GOOD! Definitely making again, probably weekly, or at least when pork and/or chicken is so cheap!
Why have I not thought of this before!? I love fajitas and quesadillas are amazing so putting them together was GREAT!! I added chicken because I bought 3 lbs from Fresh Thyme and planned on using it for this recipe and the Buffalo Chicken. AND IT WAS SO GOOD! I love chicken fajitas! These were only $4.53 and I did have Cheddar cheese in the fridge so I used that. Perfect for a meal and a half! I only used half the peppers I bought and half the tortillas. This recipe is PERFECT if you are on a budget!
Buffalo Chicken and Wraps
The rest of the chicken I used for this buffalo chicken! This 3 ingredient recipe was so easy and delicious. I made the chicken before hand and then just had to mix the Franks and Greek Yogurt! It is so good and not too spicy! Perfect for a lunch wrap or sandwich! AND it only cost $3.86 for the chicken. If you make it into 4 wraps, it would cost about $7.06; that would be for tortillas, spinach, and the chicken. So good and so EASY to make! AND CHEAP and healthy! This recipe would be great for a meal prep in the beginning of the week!
This is definitely an easy meal to make! I left out the mushrooms because I made it for a family Christmas get together and some of my family doesn’t like mushrooms. I did add a bit more peppers because of that. And it turned out so well! Everyone loved it. Best part it only cost $12.66 and it served 6 adults!! YES!
Ok, simple and delicious tomato soup that tastes like pizza! YUM! I love pizza so an easy and healthy way to eat it is always a plus for me! And on a cold winter day, soup is AMAZING! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a hearty tomato soup AND pizza! Best part, this cost me $7.26! I did add a bit of Italian Seasoning because it added a bit more of a rounded Italian flavor.
These are great and healthier ideas for lunches or dinners. If you are looking to stay on budget, these options for you. I am in Green Bay, WI so the pricing is based on my local pricing when I went shopping. I do shop sales and by the store brand at times to save money.