10 cheap and healthy weeknight recipes anyone can master
We’ve all been there — it’s been a tough day at the office and the last thing you want to think about is what you’re going to eat for dinner. Having pizza for the third night in the row isn’t exactly budget friendly, and besides, the grogginess you feel the morning after doesn’t seem to be worth it anymore. You’re in need of a health boost, and we have just the thing for you.
We fell into a blackhole of YouTube recipe videos one night and stumbled across the healthy channel Food Heaven Made Easy. Created by New York natives Wendy and Jess, the nutrition gem features easy to make recipes that are both healthy and budget friendly — a combo that is often hard to come by. The registered dietitians and BFFs will help you to bring a little bit of color and life back into your kitchen, just in time for you to catch that How I Met Your Mother marathon. We rounded up ten of our favorite recipes from the duo for you below — no cooking expertise required.
1.Raw Zucchini Pesto Pasta
This bowl of yumminess is just $1.17 per serving, and is perfect for those days when you don’t feel like using the stove. Hey — we’ve totally understand! Just grab your spiralizer to make the noodles and you’re good to go!
2. Healthy Tropical Tostadas
In the mood for something tangy and sweet? These tasty tostadas will do the trick, and are only $2.00 per serving!
3. Easy Veggie Pizza Recipe
Healthier than your typical takeout, these pizzas come to about $1.25 per serving, depending on what type of vegetables you choose to use.
4. Vegetarian Chili Recipe
This hearty meal is perfect for those fall nights. The larger of the recipes we’re featuring, it has a serving size of six and comes to $1.41 per serving.
5. Chipotle Veggie Salad Bowl
Packed with protein and an array of colorful veggies, this salad bowl is super easy to make and comes to only $1.20 per serving.
6. One Pot Veggie Pasta
This recipe is definitely one of the easiest to make — you literally throw all of the ingredients into the pot and voila! This meal will save you a ton of time and money, with just $1.07 per serving.
7. DIY Black Bean Veggie Burgers
For just $0.77 per serving, these burgers take a little longer to make, but your body will totally thank you for it later. Super tasty and healthy, they’re also the perfect tagalongs for backyard barbecues!
8. Easy Sweet Potato Recipe – The Stuffed Ranchero
Starchy and perfect for fall and winter, sweet potatoes tend to pair nicely with savory veggies. This recipe adds a little southwestern flavor to your belly and is just $2.41 per serving!
9. Yucca Tomato Basil Frittata
This frittata recipe is great for when you’re in the mood for brinner (breakfast for dinner)! At just $0.74 per serving, you can also dub this meal for a makeshift brunch with friends. You’ll save them some money, and they’ll thank you for it!
You can get this full recipe here.
10. Kale Guacamole GuacKaleMole
Although this meal is seen as more of an appetizer, it’s great for those evenings when you just want a little snack. This guacamole gets an added boost from the super food kale, and is the perfect appetizer for when you’re looking to use up your ultra ripe avocados. It’s just $.80 per serving!
And as if having a plethora of healthy and cheap meal recipes at your fingertips wasn’t good enough, Wendy and Jess are releasing their very own plant-based cookbook to keep you along your new conscious eating path!
28 Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot is more than just another regular cookbook, and was created to help you upgrade your health and feel awesome. Including recipes that offer the perfect balance between health and deliciousness, you can pre-order it for up to $22 here!