Eating healthy and cheap does not have to be difficult.
Here are some great recipes that are dirt cheap, whole, clean foods.
Note: Most of them contain beans, rice, oats, bananas, eggs, and potatoes which are some of the cheapest foods you can buy. Meat and dairy can get expensive but if you buy a little and use it sparingly, spreading it out between meals it can last you awhile.
Most of these recipes are meatless, but there are a few recipes with chicken.
3 Ingredient Muffins
Find recipe at Savvy Saving Couple
These healthy muffins only use bananas, oats, and milk with optional add-ins. Easy, healthy, and dirt cheap!
Muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack.
3 Ingredient Black Bean Soup
Find recipe on Honey and Birch
You can buy dried beans in bulk which is way cheaper than canned.
If you use dried beans, soak and cook in a crockpot over night.
Use them in recipes like this one and cook in batches.
You can even freeze soups to use later.
This recipe only calls for black beans, chicken broth and diced tomatoes.
Poor Man’s Burrito Bowl
Find Recipe on Budget Bytes
A classic rice and beans dish that you can dress up any way you like! This looks delicious, versatile and easy on the wallet!
Simple Black Beans and Rice
Find recipe on All Recipes
It doesn’t get any simpler and easy as beans and rice. The simpler, the cheaper.
Find recipe on The Recipe Critic
Fried rice is so easy and a complete meal with the protein of the eggs. If you’re feeling Chinese food, definitely make this one.
One Pan Black Beans Chicken and Rice
Find recipe on Betty Crocker
Cooking chicken in a casserole helps it to spread easily into many meals, stretching your dollar.
This dish is filling, too, with beans, rice, and chicken. Yum.
Quick Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Find recipe on Five Heart Home
A great breakfast staple. Oatmeal can also be eaten as a snack or dinner, don’t forget!
Having a budget means being creative!
Potato and Egg Hash
Find recipe on Soufflé Bombay
Again, normally a breakfast dish but can be eaten at any time of day!
Cheap ingredients include potatoes and eggs and add whatever you like to have variety!
Black Bean and Corn-Topped Potatoes
Find recipe on My Recipes
Potatoes, black beans, corn. Basic ingredients for a cheap, but filling meal.
Add whatever you like on top.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Smoothie
Find recipe on Chef Savvy
Easily use this recipe as breakfast, snack, or quick meal.
You can never go wrong with bananas, peanut butter, and oats.
These next few recipes will be more of snacks than meals, but still cheap and healthy because snacks can get expensive, too!
Baked Banana Chips
Find recipe on Popsugar
Make a couple batches of these banana chips and save them for when you crave a sweet snack.
Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips
Find recipe on Gimme Some Oven
In the mood for something crunchy and salty? This recipe is my favorite go-to for kale chips. I love them. Healthy, delicious, and cheap. It’s a winner, people.
Sweet Potato Fries
Find recipe on Shape
I love me some sweet potato fries. Of course, you can use regular potatoes and make your own, but sweet potatoes just have that sweetness, you know what I mean? Plus, a little more nutrients.
Ok, that’s a wrap! Hopefully you found some delicious, dirt cheap, and clean meal ideas for your next meal plan. Remember, you can have a budget for food and still eat really healthy! Let me know if you guys have other ideas!