5 Healthy Meal Ideas On A Budget

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With summertime fast approaching, it’s inevitable that our minds will wonder to the ever so looming pressure of getting ourselves “beach ready”. But this article isn’t about how to get the perfect beach bod! We’re here simply to offer you a few easy recipe ideas, on a budget, to help you feel your best self this summertime.

Credit @ We Love Falafel

Credit @ We Love Falafel

Halloumi Salad Wraps (V)

A personal favourite of mine, the halloumi wrap offers everything you could want for a quick summery lunch! With only a handful of ingredients and barely any prep time, this is a winner for those with busy schedules.

What you’ll need:

  • Plain tortilla wraps (white or brown will do)
  • A handful of lettuce
  • Shredded carrot
  • Pepper chopped length ways (it’s up to you which colour you choose but I opt for red!)
  • Halloumi (sliced about 1/2cm thick and grilled)

Optional extras:

  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Garlic mayo (if there’s a ‘light’ option, opt for that)
  • Tsatsiki (make your own with greek yoghurt, cucumber and mint)
  • Or just add a squeeze of lemon if you fancy being extra healthy!

Although this meal may not seem budget friendly, (the ‘H’ word tends to have that effect…), by swapping out your meat for a different protein, you should find yourself saving a pretty penny! Depending on portion sizes this should leave you with 6 wraps and the total ingredients for this meal would put you back a mere £4.47.

Credit @ Home Made Interest

Credit @ Home Made Interest

Fish with Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato

Another weeknight favourite, all the ingredients required for this are pretty much listed in the name! This is a great recipe for those of you who are trying to incorporate some more fish into your diet. And with the weather like it’s been, who wants to spend hours cooking in a hot kitchen when you could just stick something in the oven?

What you’ll need:

  • White fish (Haddock or Cod usually work best for this but Pollock is always a good option if you’re on a budget!) £4
  • Green pesto (if you like you can make your own using pine nuts and basil, but shop bought will do!) 1
  • Thinly sliced tomato (Beef is best, but again salad is fine if you want to save a little money) 1.6
  • Well drained and sliced fresh mozzarella (feel free to use grated for convenience but it will increase the price of this recipe) 47

Optional extras:

  • Fresh basil to top
  • Cherry tomatoes to surround the dish
  • A squeeze of lemon once cooked

Chuck your ingredients in an oven proof baking dish, stick the oven on a medium heat for 25 minutes and you’re done! It really is that easy. I’d recommend serving this with baby new potatoes and a side salad or green beans. The total price of the ingredients for this meal would be £7.07 at my local supermarket, which is a little more expensive but don’t forget you can always cut corners by buying frozen fish instead!

Credit @ Taste

Credit @ Taste

Salad Niçoise

An oldie but a goodie, Salad Niçoise offers all you could want on a hot summer’s evening or even for a quick bite at lunch. Consisting pretty much entirely of veg, this is a great one to help kick start those healthy eating habits. If you want, you could always make extra, skip the dressing, and take some to work with you the next day!

What you’ll need:

  • Lettuce of your choice (I prefer little gem)
  • Ripe tomatoes (plum or cherry will work best!)
  • Black olives
  • Cucumber (chopped into smallish chunks)
  • New potatoes (cooked and sliced)
  • Green beans (cooked and halved)
  • Tuna (drained)
  • Hard boiled eggs (peeled and quartered. Tip: It usually takes about 6 minutes to get it right!)
  • Anchovy fillets

For the dressing:

  • A small amount of salt
  • A clove or two of garlic (peeled)
  • A little bit of mustard or mustard powder
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh black pepper

Put your cooked and prepared ingredients in a large bowl before drizzling with dressing and that’s really all there is to it! Shopping at my local supermarket, this recipe would cost me just under £2 for a single serving, or a little over £7 for all the ingredients! The great thing about recipes like this is that you can adjust the amount of ingredients you use in line with how many people you need to serve. If you’d like this to be even cheaper try swapping out the green beans for an alternative veg, and for the fussy eaters out there eggs and tuna can always be swapped out in favour of a protein your prefer!

Credit @ Tesco

Credit @ Tesco

Pasta Puttanesca

Now for something a bit more hearty – pasta puttanesca. Another summer favourite, this dish is easy to whip up and full of lots of goodness, you won’t believe how easy it is!

What you’ll need:

  • Dry pasta of your choice (I often use fusilli but spaghetti is a great option too)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Anchovies
  • Capers 1
  • Pitted black olives (halved)
  • Red chilli
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Mixed herbs or dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan (to serve)

For this recipe simply drizzle some oil in a pan, add the finely chopped garlic, followed by the capers, anchovies, olives and thinly sliced chilli before putting the chopped tomatoes in and leaving to reduce. Season the sauce as you go and once it has reached a consistency you’re happy with, add the cooked pasta. Serve it up, add some parmesan and you’re done! The cost of this recipe would come to £5.83, providing you have things like salt and pepper to hand. Remember, you can simply adjust how many ingredients you use depending on how many people you’re serving!

Credit @ Pinterest

Credit @ Pinterest

Homemade Chicken Kebabs

Another personal favourite, these kebabs will go down a treat regardless of who you’re cooking them for! Quick and easy but oh so tasty and filling, these are another perfect lunch or dinner solution for the upcoming summer months.

What you’ll need:

  • Lightly toasted pitta bread (I opt for wholemeal when trying to be healthy)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Chicken breast (chopped into cubes so they’ll cook quickly)

Optional Extras:

  • Add any extra veg you like, whether that be pepper or cucumber
  • Tsatsiki (shop bought or homemade with greek yoghurt, mint and cucumber)
  • Garlic mayo (for that authentic kebab shop taste!)
  • Mix chopped cherry tomatoes with some vinegar, salt and pepper for an added topping!

This recipe always goes down a treat and for the low low cost of £5.45 you could make up to 6 pittas! With recipes like this to hand you’re going to find yourself reaching for you local chippies’ menu even less…

 

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