Cheap and healthy weeknight recipes

Who says deliciously different meals have to be expensive? These budget-friendly recipes will keep your family and wallet happy.
Published 21 January 2018 | Updated 29 April 2024
Chicken meatball zoodle bake

Eating healthy on a budget

Healthy eating doesn't have to put you in the poor house. The key is planning. Here are some smart ways to save at the supermarket. Plus, 18 great budget-friendly meal ideas to feed your family.

Smart food budget saving tips

  • Meal plan ahead of time. Planning out what you'll make for the week will help you budget your ingredients better.
  • Buy ingredients in bulk when possible. Purchasing items like beans, grains, and nuts in bulk can save you money in the long run.
  • Buy in season. Cooking with fresh produce that is in season means you get maximum nutrition packed with taste at a great price.
  • Buy whole foods. Often, the more processed foods you buy, the higher the price. A supermarket bought apple will often cost you far less than than a chocolate bar.
  • Make from scratch. You're paying more for convenience and packaging. So grate your own cheese and slice your own bread. Buy vegetables fresh rather than pre-chopped and packaged.
  • Buy cheaper cuts of meat. Skip the expensive beef fillet to use in stir-frys and buy lean beef rump which is just as tasty.
  • Load up on beans and legumes. You can get a can of lentils or mixed beans for a fraction of the cost of meat. Pulses are a great alternative to meat as they are also a source of protein as well as fibre.
  • Grow your own herbs. Having your own herb garden will mean you can grow the herbs you use most and will have an endless supply of fresh herbs whenever you need them. It also means you don't have to throw away any half bunches you have purchased and not used in time.