19 Healthy Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

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If you’re looking for healthy dinner recipes on a tight budget, I’ve got you covered. The recipes I’m sharing below are not only healthy but budget-friendly too.

I’ve found that the key to eating healthy is to make sure you have a fully stocked spice cabinet. Spices go a long way when it comes to adding flavor without adding additional salt or sugar.

I’ve also found that meal prepping helps me stay on track with healthy eating and sticking to my budget. I love using these glass food storage containers for my meal prep. Some spices that you should have on hand are:

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon – Ground
  • Curry Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ginger – Ground
  • Nutmeg – Ground
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla Extract

1. Skinny Lasagna Rolls

If you want lasagna without all of the calories, try these skinny lasagna rolls. These rolls are filled with low-fat cheeses and flavorful herbs and spices. Your family will love this recipe. Get the recipe from Skinny Ms.

2. Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry


Skip takeout and make this honey garlic chicken stir fry at home. It’s better for you and tastes great. This dish is loaded with chicken and veggies and includes a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Get the recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.

3. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

If you’re looking for a healthy slow cooker recipe, try this honey garlic chicken. This recipe uses healthy and all-natural ingredients and it tastes great. Serve with brown rice and broccoli. Get the recipe from Well Plated.

4. Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus


This garlic butter chicken bites recipe has so much flavor, you’re going to love it. You can replace the asparagus with green beans, zucchini, broccoli, or cauliflower rice. Get the recipe from Eating Well 101.

5. Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

These easy stuffed bell peppers are so flavorful and delicious. These peppers are stuffed with perfectly seasoned ground beef, onions, tomatoes, brown rice, and more. Get the recipe from Healthy Fitness Meals.

6. White Bean and Lemon Soup

This nourishing white bean and lemon soup is a wonderful vegetarian dish that’s ready in just 40 minutes. Additionally, this is a one pot meal, making it the perfect weeknight dinner. Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health.

7. Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Doesn’t this wild rice stuffed acorn squash look fabulous? This vegetarian dish is perfect for the fall season and the Thanksgiving holiday. This colorful and flavorful meal will be a hit in your home. Get the recipe from Budget Bytes.

8. 20 Minute Skillet Sausage and Zucchini

Not only is the recipe healthy and budget-friendly, but it’s so easy to make too. Simply throw your ingredients into the skillet and you’ll have dinner on the table in just 20 minutes. Get the recipe from The Whole Cook.

9. BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You’re going to love these bbq chicken stuffed sweet potatoes. This dish is gluten-free, and dairy-free, and can be adjusted to be Paleo and Whole30 compliant. Get the recipe from Evolving Table.

10. Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Chicken Casserole

Here’s another dish that I think you’re going to love. This gluten free dish is loaded with broccoli, cauliflower rice, chicken and cheese. Feel free to adjust the amount of cheese to your preference. Get the recipe from Isabel Eats.

11. Butternut Squash Chicken Skillet

This butternut squash chicken skillet is Whole 30 compliant and Paleo approved. This healthy one pan meal cooks in just 20 minutes and is loaded with flavor. Get the recipe from Primally Inspired.

12. Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos

If you’ve never heard of cauliflower nachos, you have to try this recipe. These nachos are loaded with fresh vegetables like cauliflower, tomatoes, and onions. Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

13. Grilled Lemon Chicken

This homemade marinade will yield tender, moist, and flavorful chicken. You can cook your chicken on the grill or stovetop. Additionally, you can serve this with cauliflower rice. Get the recipe from Feel Good Foodie.

14. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This ground turkey sweet potato skillet is the perfect weeknight meal for your family. This dish includes sweet potatoes, ground turkey, spices, and other yummy ingredients. Get the recipe from Life Love Liz.

15. One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies

This 5-ingredient meal is so simple to make, you’re going to love it. The pork chops are juicy and cooked to perfection. The veggies are tasty too and can be replaced with your favorite vegetables. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

16. Cajun Chicken Dinner

This cajun chicken dinner is a one pan meal that’s loaded with flavor. Chicken, potatoes, peppers, and onions are baked together to create a simple and healthy meal for your family. Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

17. The Absolute Best Lentil Soup

I recently tried lentil soup for the first time, and it’s absolutely delicious. Lentils cook up so quickly, and this soup is jam packed with flavor. You’re going to love this soup recipe. Get the recipe from The Kitchn.

18. BBQ Meatloaf Muffins with Sweet Potato Topping

I’ve made these bbq meatloaf muffins with sweet potato topping and can tell you that they are absolutely delicious. The sweet potatoes pairs so well with the ground beef and sweet potato. Get the recipe from The Real Dietitians.

19. Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

This chicken and veggies recipe is so healthy and delicious. The chicken pieces are perfectly seasoned and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. Serve on a bed of rice to make it a complete meal. Get the recipe from Gimme Delicious.

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