14 Budget-Friendly Recipes

We are all pinching pennies when it comes to food these days. Food prices are no joke. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still eat well. In fact, contrary to popular belief, it’s entirely possible to eat healthy foods on a budget, and these fourteen recipes prove it.

1. Greek Avocado Toast Recipe

A closeup of a piece of Greek Avocado Toast on a cutting board.
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This breakfast (or snack) recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It’s delicious and healthy. A perfect dish to serve on a weekend morning.

1. Refried Bean Soup

A small bowl of Refried Bean Soup on a wood table. A wood spoon lays next to the bowl.
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Refried Bean Soup is easily and quickly made with a can of refried beans and a jar of salsa. It makes enough for several people and freezes well if you are just cooking for yourself.

2. Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal is a very satisfying stuff. The healthy fats from the peanut butter and the fiber from the oats will keep you full until lunch.

3. Avocado Toast With Egg

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Need a simple breakfast or even a snack? This Avocado Toast With Egg is quick, simple, and actually quite versatile. Plus, you can make this on a pretty low food budget.

4. White Bean Soup

A white bowl sits filled with white bean soup.
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Veggies and beans are a classic budget meal. But this White Bean Soup brings them all together into one tasty bowl of comfort food.

5. Stuffed Dates Recipe With 9 Stuffing Ideas

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While these may look fancy, this Stuffed Dates Recipe With 9 Stuffing Ideas is still a budget-friendly snack or dessert. Plus, they are portable for easy summer travel.

6. Cauliflower Salad Recipe + 7 Creative Ways To Use Cauliflower In Your Cooking

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If you like heartier, toothsome salads with lots of flavors, try this Cauliflower Salad Recipe + 7 Creative Ways To Use Cauliflower In Your Cooking. It truly fills you up, and the flavors won’t disappoint.

7. Split Pea Soup

Clean Eating Split Pea Soup Recipe
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You just can’t get more budget-friendly than Split Pea Soup, especially if you don’t add any meat. This vegetarian/vegan version is simple, tasty, filling, and only costs you pennies.

8. Skillet Pancake

The finished skillet pancake topped with sliced bananas, sliced almonds and maple syrup.
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This single-serving Skillet Pancake is the perfect breakfast for one. While you can certainly share it, it’s best to keep this one all to yourself.

9. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples

The finished Crockpot Cinnamon Apples, served in a white bowl.
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If you are looking for a healthy snack or dessert, these Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples are fantastic mixed into Greek yogurt, served over ice cream, or just enjoyed by themselves.

10. Crockpot Italian Chicken

An overhead view of a ladle lifting out some crockpot Italian chicken from a slow cooker crock.
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken is a hearty meal with tons of veggies. It makes a big batch, and you can prepare it using all frozen ingredients, making it a very easy meal to put together too.

11. Easy Instant Pot Lentil Soup

A bowl of lentil soup sits on a table.
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Easy Instant Pot Lentil Soup is a wonderful meal you can get on the table fast, thanks to your Instant Pot. It’s delicious, filling, and affordable to make.

12. One-Pot Ratatouille

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While you can make this with store-bought produce within a budget, this One-Pot Ratatouille is also a way to use up your garden harvest. Dig in!

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

A skillet filled with ground turkey, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado and garnished with fresh parsley.
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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

An overhead view of a small canning jar filled with overnight oats with raisins.
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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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