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Healthy & Cheap Recipes

Many people believe that eating healthy means spending money. But with the right tools and a little know-how, you can totally enjoy meals that are both healthy and cheap!

Before I get to some of my best healthy and cheap recipes, here are a few tricks to keep in mind…

  • Watch for organic produce to go on sale. You can get some pretty good deals if you keep your eye open!
  • Hide vegetables in your cooking. This is an easy way to add a lot of nutritional value to your meals.
  • Keep ingredients simple. The simpler you go, the healthier things will be, and the less money you’ll waste on fancy packaging and hyped up brand names.
  • Balance your meals so that they have a good balance of healthy nutrients. Fiber is one relatively cheap ingredient that you can easily get more of, simply by switching to whole grains. You can also buy an affordable fiber supplement like the healthy Psyllium Husk Powder to add to your meals!

Now let’s look at 3 healthy and cheap recipes to keep you going through the week. You can easily borrow the ideas from these simple recipes and make up some of your own!

3 Healthy & Cheap Recipes

Healthy & Cheap Recipe #1 – Tuna Rotini


  • 2 cups of whole wheat or brown rice rotini (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 can of flaked tuna (in water), drained
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

Directions: Cook pasta to desired consistency. Drain, saving ¼ cup of the pasta water. Heat a frying pan to low-medium heat. Add pasta water, pasta, and tuna, and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and continue cooking for 7-10 minutes, allowing pasta to absorb flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with parmesan, and add a mixed greens salad for a side. Serves 2-4 people.

Healthy & Cheap Recipe #2 – Lemon-Glazed Salmon and Asparagus


  • 2 medium-sized salmon filets
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, tips removed
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil until incorporated. Place salmon and asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil and brush with lemon-oil mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rice. Serves 2 people.

Healthy & Cheap Recipe #3 – Tangy Cranberry Chicken


  • 1 can of whole cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup of low-fat French dressing
  • 1 package of dried onion soup mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: In a bowl, mix together cranberry sauce, French dressing, onion soup mix, and water. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour liquid mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve on top of brown rice and add salt and pepper for taste. This one goes well with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans. Serves 2 people.

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