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50 Cheap Healthy Meal Ideas for the New Year

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Looking for healthy meal ideas on a budget? I’ve got your back!

The truth is, eating healthier is a NECESSITY right now. With all the health issues going on, we need all these nutrients to boost our immunity and keep us from getting sick.

Not to mention, we feel SO much better- physically and mentally- when we fill our bodies with good food.

If you’re on a budget, these cheap dinners and breakfasts are for you! Meal planning is a cinch with these easy recipes.

Cheap Healthy Meals

I’ve compiled a list of over 50 healthy meal ideas for you. They’re all budget-friendly and are categorized by type of meal and the protein involved.

If you shop using the sales ads, you’ll save even more money on groceries! That’s how I keep to my budget every week.

Let’s get to it! Keep reading to find the recipes plus more healthy meal ideas.


1.) Broccoli Cheese Soup

2.) Lentil Tomato Soup

3.)Meatless Chili Mac

4.) Instant Pot Rice and Beans

5.) Excellent and Healthy Cornbread

6.) Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

7.) Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos

8.) Instant Pot Pinto Beans– Serve with ham (Won’t be vegetarian anymore!) and cornbread

9.) Peanut butter and jelly

10.) Black bean quesadillas

11.) Spinach Parmesan Pasta

12.) Egg Salad

13.) Lentil Sloppy Joes

14.) Instant Pot Chickpea Curry

15.) Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake

16.) Black Bean Tacos

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17.) Buffalo Chicken Pockets

18.) Salsa Chicken

19.)Buffalo Chicken Pizza

20.) Honey Dijon Chicken

21.) Chicken Jambalaya

22.) Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

23.) Chicken Sausage Broccoli Pasta

24.) Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

25.) Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches


26.) Ground Turkey Teriyaki Bowls

27.)Stuffed Peppers

28.) Ground Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

29.) Egg Roll in a Bowl

30.) Pizza Quesadillas

31.) Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

32.) Spaghetti (Pasta, jar of sauce, ground beef/turkey)- Try to grab spaghetti sauce with no added sugars!

33.) Beef and Brown Rice Taco Bake


34.) Veggie-Filled Omelette Cups

35.) Sweet Potato Breakfast Meal Prep Bowls

36.) Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

37.) Whole Wheat Pancakes

38.) Carrot Pancakes

39.) Breakfast Casserole Muffins

40.) Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Chopped/sliced fruit like bananas or apples

41.) French toast– This Pumpkin French Toast is amazing!!

42.) Oatmeal Cookie Overnight Oats

43.) Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

44.) Banana Oat Bars

45.) Yogurt parfait

  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries or sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granola (Store-bought or homemade like this Honey Vanilla Granola)

46.) Cheerios with sliced banana and 1/2 cup milk

47.) Copycat Egg McMuffin

48.) Veggie-Filled Omelette Cups

49.) Scrambled eggs with spinach and toast

50.) Bread Machine Whole Wheat English Muffins

What are your go-to cheap and healthy meals? Leave a comment and let me know!

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