8 Mouthwatering Meals to Make on a Budget

Dishes that taste mm-mm good, without breaking the bank!

A common misconception that stops many from living a healthy lifestyle is that eating healthy is expensive. With a broader perspective and the right research under your belt, you’ll discover just how false this idea truly is. Eating healthy doesn’t mean emptying your wallet on fresh-pressed juices, exotic spices, or pricy protein powders.

Instead, it means stocking up on foods that give you nutritious bang for your buck, a little thinking ahead, and large dishes that’ll last you for days. Eating healthy on a budget basically whittles down to two uber-important words: meal planning. By scheduling and preparing your meals ahead of time, you’ll know exactly what to reach for at the grocery store and won’t be tempted to cave and waste your dollars on junk.

To help you out, we’ve created a list of 8 mouthwatering meals to make on a budget. They’re chock-full of affordable, nutrient-rich ingredients that won’t break your bank. Check them out!

1. Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
One bite of these spicy, hearty burgers and you’ll forget about meat! This dish gets the bulk of its satisfying goodness from mushrooms and black beans, accounting for a well-rounded, inexpensive weeknight dinner or family cookout!

2. Spicy Four-Cheese Pasta
Spicy Four Cheese Pasta

Sure, pasta has a reputation for being affordable – but healthy? Not so much. Our version of this delectable Italian dish calls for wholesome whole grain pasta you can feel good about, along with 4 types of luscious, melted cheese that pack a serious protein punch.

3. Sweet Potato Quinoa
Sweet Potato Quinoa

Trying to save money? Quinoa should definitely top your grocery list. The affordable yet nutrient-rich grain delivers a boatload of nutrients, along with satisfying fiber and protein. This recipe puts a sweet and savory twist on a standard quinoa dish, dressing it up with decadent sweet potato that simply melts in your mouth. Yum!

4. Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

All your favorite south-of-the-border flavors are packed into one thick, juicy bell pepper. This mouthwatering recipe calls for inexpensive ingredients guaranteed to satisfy your waistline and wallet!

5. Slow Cooker Bean and Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Bean & Potato Soup

This crockpot dish features potatoes and beans; two nutritious ingredients certain to fill you up for cheap! The simmering recipe makes enough to feed you for a week and will definitely hit the spot on colder days.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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