Cheap Healthy Meals

Cheap and Healthy Recipes!

Looking for some cheap healthy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  Eating healthy on a budget is always a hot topics, but it can definitely be done!

So I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite healthy and cheap recipes for each meal of the day.

I will continue to share recipes, so make sure you come back often to check it out.  Or you can make me your free online fitness coach and I can send you some directly.

Cheap Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins

Ingredient List:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, milk, banana, and honey. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in zucchini.
  4. Pour mixture into lightly greased muffin cups, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tops have browned.

Shakeology No-Bake Protein Balls

Ingredients List:

  • 1 cup reduced-fat or natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup quick-cook oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 cup Chocolate Shakeology powder

Directions:

  1. Remove any rings you’re wearing and wash your hands really well.
  2. Combine ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. Mix well with hands (sticky goodness).
  4. Wash and wet hands to make for easy rolling.
  5. Roll into balls (about a heaping teaspoon each).

Cheap Healthy Lunch Ideas:

Lentils With Roasted Beets and Carrots

Ingredient List:

  • 1 cup red or yellow lentils
  • 1 beet, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 3/4 cups water and lentils to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until lentils are cooked through and no water is left. Set aside to cool.
  3. While lentils cook, toss beet and carrot with butter on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Arrange vegetables in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine scallions, garlic, parsley, and lemon juice with beets, carrots, and lentils. Garnish with additional parsley.

Vegetable and Cheese Quesadilla

Ingredient List:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 whole-wheat tortilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded hard goat cheese
  • 1/2 large tomato, sliced
  • Small handful fresh herbs, such as basil or sage

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent (about 5 minutes), seasoning with cumin, salt, and pepper. Remove onions from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan over medium heat, lay tortilla flat. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Top half the cheese with cooked onions, tomato, and herbs. When cheese begins to melt, fold cheese-only side of tortilla over. Cook for another minute.

Cheap Healthy Dinner Ideas:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredient List:

  • 2 cups grated cauliflower (about 1/2 head)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • Cooked vegetables (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place cauliflower on a clean, thin dish towel. Wrap up in the middle and twist closed, squeezing out all the moisture.
  3. Place dry cauliflower into a bowl and add yogurt, eggs, and spices. Fold mixture until evenly combined.
  4. Place dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread mixture with hands until about 3/4-inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and firm enough to hold its shape.
  5. Remove crust from oven and top with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and veggies. if desired. Return pizza to oven for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Chicken Fajitas

Ingredient List:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 small tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Make fajita seasoning: Whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron grill pan or frying pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add chicken and sprinkle with 3/4 of fajita seasoning. Mix together and cook for 6 to 10 minutes, or until browned.
  5. In a second pan, heat remaining2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add peppers and onion. Stir in remaining fajita seasoning. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While veggies and meat are cooking, wrap tortillas in tin foil and warm in oven.
  7. To assemble fajitas, fill warmed tortillas with chicken, peppers, and onions. Top with favorite garnishes.

 

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