Easy and Healthy Budget Meals Perfect for January
Mid-January has hit and February is still coming… if you’re feeling the pinch in your pocket, try these recipes that are simple and use ingredients that won’t break the bank. These are our top easy budget meals.
Easy budget meals using Chickpeas
Tinned chickpeas are inexpensive and are a great source of protein and fibre. When you open your tin, don’t toss the brine, you can make your own vegan aquafaba mayo.
Spiced Pumpkin & Chickpea Pot Recipe
A mildly flavoured vegetarian dish that is perfect for a tasty weekday dinner. Even in summer, when the weather is hot it’s still good to sit down to a warm, filling meal at the end of a long workday.
Curried Gem Squash Soup & Toasted Chickpea Croutons
Gem squash is another fairly inexpensive ingredient that adds flavour and texture to a dish. Throw in some chickpeas and you have a healthy and tasty meal. Makes for great leftovers!
Indian Spiced Chickpea and Courgette Burgers
We love the spicy flavour of these vegetarian burgers, opt not to have the bun and serve instead with a simple side salad.
Warm Barley and Chickpea Salad with Roasted Vegetables
Barley, chickpeas and roasted veg make this salad a filling option, also great the next day for your workday lunch. We daresay it improves overnight. Barley is filling and cheap!
Easy budget meals using Tinned Tuna
Have you been staring at that tin of tuna in your cupboard and wondering how to stretch it into something tasty? Here are two ideas.
Creamy Tuna and Spinach Conchiglioni
A tuna pasta is always a great way to go. Both ingredients are inexpensive and filling and very tasty.
Zesty Tuna fishcakes with Chives and Dill
We are mildly obsessed with these fishcakes. They are seriously yum and they prove that you don’t need fancy fish to make a tasty fishcake. Bulked up with potato they are budget friendly and delicious. Kids will love them!
Easy budget meals using Lentils
Lentils should be a budget conscious pantry staple. Filling, cheap and tasty when done right.
Chunky Lentil and Chorizo Soup
Although it may feel like soup is not an option in summer, it really is a great way to stretch ingredients and feed a crowd. If chorizo is not easy to get or not in the budget, you can sub for regular sausages.
Lentil & Vegetable Bobotie
This vegetarian bobotie is a great dish to make when you want to cut costs. Full of local Malay flavour and really hearty and delicious. This dish is so satisfying that you won’t even miss the meat!
Easy budget meals using Vegetables
Mini Aubergine Pizzas
Kids will love these mini vegetable pizzas. We love that aubergines give a meaty texture and flavour and are reasonably inexpensive. They are a great meat substitute.
Zucchini Boats with Bolognaise Gratin
Disguise your veggies as something fun with this recipe. A great, low-carb way to serve your family their veggies. Parmesan is expensive so either leave this ingredient out or sub with a little grated cheddar instead.
Pumpkin Pizza Fritters
Another great way to serve veggies inexpensively and with a bit of fun. These tasty pumpkin fritters, with a yummy pizza-style topping, are perfect as a meal, or as bite-size snacks. They are also great the next day and are perfect for lunchboxes.
Tex-Mex Baby Marrow Chilli
A tasty way to serve up baby marrows, full of flavour and cheap to make. Lose the avo topping for extra savings.
Easy Budget Meals using Chicken
Cashew Nut Chicken
Cashew nut chicken is a great mid-week go-to dish and is a firm favourite in most households. We know nuts can be expensive, so be sure to chop them up the to make them go further. You only need a sprinkle for a nutty crunch.
Old-fashioned Chicken Pie
This recipe for Old-fashioned Chicken Pie is hard to beat – if you shred the chicken and pack with veggies it’s another dish that can go a long way. Our recommendation, if you are short on time and budget, is to buy readymade pastry – it’s really inexpensive and a great way to add a little something extra to regular chicken.
Simple Chicken Curry made with Homemade Wraps
We love the simplicity of these chicken wraps – no airs or graces. If you can make your roast chicken stretch, this is a great way to get a second meal the next day. Pack those wraps full of veggies.
Simple Roast Chicken
A good old roast chicken is always a crowd pleaser and, if served right, can go a long way to feed a family and still possibly make a stock or leftovers the next day. Tip: Use leftovers to make the wraps above.
Easy Budget Meals using Pasta
If you have Marmite loving kids, then this will be a fav. Do dinner on the cheap, or really quickly when you are short on time with this easy recipe.
Garganelli Arrabiata with Tomato and Garlicky Basil
Pasta is always going to be budget friendly, buy a packet if you don’t have the energy to make your own and make a great simple sauce to go with it. This one is spicy and delish
Penne with Curried Rainbow Carrots, Peas and Peppers
Buying frozen veg doesn’t need to be taboo, it’s what you do with it that counts. Adding a little curry flavour goes a long way.
Spaghetti served with traditional Red Sauce
This pasta dish will work just as well with spaghetti or tagliatelle (or any pasta type for that matter). Add some chopped tomatoes and herbs and you are good to go.
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