10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3

You have to feed the family every, single night!  But you want healthy dinner recipes, and recipes that are cheap and filling are perfect!   

So cooking healthy but cheap recipes should be at the top of every mum’s to-do list. If you can’t think of any recipe that won’t have you spend lots of money, here are 10 of the cheapest meals I have that are on high-rotation in my household!

1. Golden Bake

This Golden Bake recipe is very frugal, very simple, very delicious! It’s very similar to a Shepherd’s Pie. I use a combination of potatoes and sweet potatoes for the top – whatever is on sale.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
Delicious Golden Bake is a regular recipe in my house!

2. Porcupine Mince Balls

Porcupine Mince Balls are like a bulked-up Spaghetti Bolognaise recipe and a firm family favourite! It involves rolling meatballs in rice and letting the rice cook in the juices. Just remember to have enough liquid so your rice isn’t crunchy! No one likes crunchy rice! We have two versions here for you to try.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four

3. Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf 

Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf is a yummy, easy, healthy dinner. This doesn’t have the guilt of traditional meatloaf. Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a garden salad and you have a delicious healthy meal for the family. A little hint – if chicken mince isn’t on sale – try Turkey mince instead – tastes the same but is usually cheaper and has less fat.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
This is a delicious recipe using Chicken Mince or Turkey Mince

4. Sausage Stroganoff

Always looking for new and different ways to serve snags? Look no further. Sausage Stroganoff works well with beef or pork sausages and is a great ‘kid-friendly’ version of the regular beef stroganoff! Sausages can always be purchased cheap (especially if you can get them in a bulk pack).

5. Faster Pasta 

This meal, which I call ‘Faster Pasta’, is not only fast (you can make it in under 12 minutes) but is also incredibly frugal. I can feed this to my family of four for only a few dollars! Good for making something quick, easy and delicious. Perfect for a weeknight meal.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
Faster Pasta is great way to use up those leftovers in the fridge

6. Sour Cream Quiche

This recipe for Sour Cream Quiche only contains three base ingredients! I love it with broccoli too and it makes for a wonderful vegetarian dish. Of course, you can add some bacon, onion, grated cheese, mushrooms, corn, capsicum, etc. if you so desire.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
This is a nifty recipe to whip up when friends or family drop around unexpectantly.

7. Cheesy Beef and Macaroni Bake

Cheesy Beef and Macaroni Bake is a recipe the whole family will enjoy. It costs under $10 to make so it is easy on the hip pocket! Good way to fill up hungry tummies!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
The baked cherry tomatoes are little ‘sugar bombs’ of flavour!

8. Cheap and Simple Chicken Piccata

It’s always smart to have a chicken recipe or two under your belt, which is why we’re fans of this Chicken Piccata. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually just a method for cooking the meat and serving it with a sauce. You can eat this chicken with just about anything, but we love it with roast vegetables, cauliflower rice or a nice lush salad.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four
This is a great way to introduce ‘fancy’ flavours to the kids.

9. Lemon Risotto

Lemon Risotto is a very fresh and filling meal that is frugal too. It will easily feed a family of four for under $10 – with leftovers! This is a great recipe for weeks when the budget is tight, and it’s sure to fill any belly! For the price estimates, here we’ve used a large national supermarket, but it’s possible (and highly encouraged) for you to look around at your local farmers market, local butcher or discount grocers.

You’re likely to find many of these ingredients even cheaper there.

10. Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup is a healthy dinner recipe that is great for those cold winter nights. It warms our tummies well! It is easy to make and tastes a-maaa-zing. Not to mention it comes together for under $10, which, for those tight budget weeks, is exactly what you need. You can serve it with a side of bread and a dollop of sour cream. And best of all, it freezes beautifully!

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All these healthy dinner recipes will feed a family of four for under $3! Cheap as chips!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3 To Feed a Family of Four

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Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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