Cheap Healthy Recipe Ideas

Here are a few more healthy recipes that aren’t expensive to make, and that will fill you up with lots of nutritious goodness. Go to our Healthy Recipes on a Budget for more ideas.

Frittata

It sounds quite exciting, but frittata is really just a slightly different type of omelette. It can be cut into pieces once cooked, left to cool and packaged in a Bento box ready for lunch – a great cheap Healthy Recipebreakfast, lunch or dinner.

Use potatoes, spinach leaves, chorizo, bacon, courgette, sliced cooked potato or herbs. Don’t use ingredients that have too much liquid in them or the frittata won’t be portable.

Hasselback Potatoes

This is an interesting way to cook potatoes, that both adults and children will love, and is certainly a very cheap meal. All you have to do is take a handful of small potatoes, pop them into a large spoon and cut 1/2 cm slices. The spoon should keep you from cutting all the way through. Once they cook they look like a beautiful fan, and have an amazing texture.

Cover with olive oil and season. Pop into the oven at 180c for about 30-45 mins until golden. Serve with tinned fish and cooked frozen vegetables.

Salsa

This is a great thing to keep in your fridge and is a much more exciting way to eat salad. You can add whatever salad vegetables you like as long as they are all of a similar size, just under 1cm cubed.

Mix cubed tomatoes, celery, red onion, mushrooms, cucumber and mixed peppers together with a drizzle of virgin olive oil and seasoning. Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of toasted seeds for a little extra kick.

Pasta Bake

One of the ultimate comfort foods, pasta bake is both cheap and easy to make. Basically you pre-cook everything, then add it together, mix it up, grate a little cheese on top and pop it in the oven.

Try mixing wholemeal pasta, condensed mushroom soup, tuna, fried courgette and mushroom with a bit of salt and extra water. Pop it in the oven for 30 ish minutes.

If you don’t want to put cheese on the top, place over a little foil covering to help retain the moisture and let the flavours mingle well.

Sandwiches

Healthy sandwich fillings are not too difficult to create and certainly don’t have to be too expensive, and if you’ve made the effort to make your own bread or buy whole wheat, then that’s even better! Why not try: cucumber and mackerel, tuna and mayonnaise, banana and almond nut butter, pesto and chicken.

Kedgeree

This sounds posher than it is, but for this simple and easy kedgeree recipe all you have to do is cook some rice, hard boil some eggs and flake some mackerel/haddock and you’re nearly there!

Start by boiling some brown rice until cooked, and hard boiling your eggs. Then melt some butter/marg in a frying pan and fry some chopped onion. Add coriander, cumin and turmeric if you like, and cook the onion until softened. Then add everything into that pan, add a little drizzle of double cream if you happen to have some lingering in your fridge, and serve straight away.

Pizza

So simple and quick to make. Make your own pizza base with whole wheat or gluten free bread flour, wait to rise, flatten it out and then add some scrumptious toppings.

Start with a spreading of tomato puree, then add sun dried tomatoes, tomatoes, peppers, roasted peppers, olives, pineapple, ham, bacon, goats cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and parmesan. Bake in the oven until cooked. Enjoy hot or cold for lunch the following day.