lists

21 Low Cost Tasty And Healthy Recipe Ideas That You Can Easily Prepare At Home

ADVERTISEMENT

bowl of vegetable salads
  • 21 Low Cost Tasty And Healthy Recipes That You Can Easily Prepare At Home
  • These Time Saving Recipes Taste Great And Are Super Healthy


Healthy Eating Should Be Easy To Do

There are so many benefits to getting your diet in check by eating healthy.

Weight loss, improved mood and wellbeing, increase in energy, a healthier heart...the list really does go on and on.

But eating healthy shouldn't be difficult like so many make it.

Don't overcomplicate it!

Take a look at these simple, yet healthy recipes that won't cost a fortune and will put you back on track to living a fitter and happier life.

ADVERTISEMENT

1Mint Green Tea Smoothie

Kickstart your morning with this fresh and light green smoothie.

Smoothies are an effective way of getting all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs in a quick but digestible way.

To make this green drink delight use some organic green jasmine tea and blend with spinach for those vital nutrients and add mint for that crisp flavour.

ADVERTISEMENT

Optional sweeteners include pears, pineapples or limes to make the concoction that bit easier to digest.

Add them all to a blender with 1/2 a cup of crushed ice and blend until smooth.

Give the mixture a taste and adjust for taste.

Need some more sweetness - add some honey? Too bitter, add some lemon.

Keep experimenting - that's the beauty of smoothies!

ADVERTISEMENT

2Orange Carrot Chia Smoothie

Another tasty smoothie on the list but as we have already established they are one of the most effective and cheapest ways of getting all those essential nutrients.

The creamy Orange Carrot Chia Smoothie is easy to make and another tasty way to kickstart your day. The silky smooth texture of the blended carrots and chia seeds with the sweetness of the orange is just the right combo to wake up to.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mix two tablespoons of chia seeds and a cup of orange juice and set aside for 20 minutes.

Then add the mixture to a blender with 2 cups of carrots, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of almond butter.

Finally add half a teaspoon of fresh ground cinnamon before adding the half cup of ice.

Blend until silky smooth and enjoy!

ADVERTISEMENT

3Lemon Chia Pudding

Another one for the breakfast menu, the Lemon Chia Pudding is the ideal way to start your day or even for a post workout refuel and you can prepare it in a matter of minutes.

The thick creamy texture combined with the crunchiness of the chia seeds and sweetness of the honey is something you won't believe you have never tried.

ADVERTISEMENT

Add 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk into a blender.

Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds, 3 tablespoons of clear honey and the juice of 2 lemons.

This refreshing drink is ideal for those on Paleo diets.

As an optional extra you can add toasted pistachios on top to add even more flavour.

ADVERTISEMENT

4Spiced Apple And Oatmeal Bowl Recipe

Oatmeal in the morning can give you a great energy boost that lasts throughout the day, but eating it by itself every morning can get tiresome.

Spice up your plain oatmeal dish, literally in some cases, with some spiced apple, maple syrup, blueberries and even shaved coconut.

Not only does this taste amazing but it will give you an even bigger energy boost throughout the day.

ADVERTISEMENT

In a saucepan add 1 apple, 2 tablespoons of butter and maple syrup, 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt.

Keep the heat at a gentle temperature allowing the mixture to simmer.

Keep stirring the mixture and after 5 minutes, when the apple is tender, add 1 cup of oats and 2 cups of water before cooking for a further 5 minutes until the oats are creamy.

Serve with pecans and maple syrup for this tasty alternative to oatmeal by itself.

ADVERTISEMENT

5Chorizo ,Spinach And Egg Scramble

This Chorizo, Spinach and Egg scramble is a great way to shake things up when it comes to breakfast, rather than serving the traditional scrambled eggs.

With the extra heat from the spicy chorizo sausage this meal is sure to wake you up and get you going for the rest of the day.

The tasty dish is simple to make and is packed full of healthy ingredients that your body will thank you for.

ADVERTISEMENT

Beat 4 eggs in a bowl and add 1/3 cup of milk with salt and black pepper.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and then add the eggs and start to scramble.

To finish this simple dish add the spinach and chorizo and cook on a low heat until the spinach has wilted.

Serve immediately with some ricotta cheese on top and you will never go back to eating plain old scrambled eggs again!

ADVERTISEMENT

6Butternut Squash, Sausage And Parsnip Hash

This tasty savoury dish is super healthy and ideal for those looking to get their daily servings of vegetables in.

Not only does it taste great but you can prepare this hash in under 60 minutes making it the ideal healthy recipe if you are pushed for time.

To get started started on this hash, put 8 cups of peeled and cubed parsnips and 4 cups of peeled and cubed butternut squash into a bowl.

ADVERTISEMENT

Add 2 chopped Granny Smith apples, 1 cup of shallots, 2 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary to the mix.

In a separate bowl add 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper and whisk with a dash of oil.

Pour the mixture over the vegetables and roast in a baking tray for an hour at 425°F until they brown.

Cook the sausages separately on another tray in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown and chop them up once cooked before adding to the vegetables just before serving.

ADVERTISEMENT

7Avocado Toast

Avocado is one of those super foods that not only tastes great but is nutrient dense extremely healthy for you.

It is a great source of fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium to name but a few and not only that (if that wasn't enough) but it tastes great.

If avocado isn't already a staple in your diet now is the time to start adding it. It's so versatile you can combine it with almost anything.

ADVERTISEMENT

One of the most common ways to use avocado as the basis with some brown toast.

You can slice it or even mash it up to before you add it to some buttery hot toast and then you start to have fun by adding any combo of your choice.

Egg and bacon avocado toast, tomato and basil, chilli and lime, almost any of these classic combinations go well with this delicious fruit.

ADVERTISEMENT

8Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad With Basil Dressing

This light and simple dish is an ideal treat for lunchtime especially if you are busy.

This fresh chicken salad combines lots of flavours that will stimulate you taste buds and get them wanting more.

Not only does this dish taste great but it is also a sight for sore eyes as the different colors make it look beautiful

ADVERTISEMENT

Marinade chicken breasts in 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 tbsp honey, 1 cup of diced basil, 4 garlic cloves, 1 tsp of onion powder and salt and 1/2 tsp of ground mustard and pepper.

Once marinaded for a minimum of 30 minutes cook the chicken on a grill until it is cooked all the way through.

To create the salad combine 8 cups of lettuce, 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, 1 sweet apple (chopped), 1/4 red onion diced, 1 large avocado chopped, 6 slices of cooked bacon and 1/2 cup of feta cheese.

Combined all the ingredients together for a salad that you have never tasted before.

ADVERTISEMENT

9Arugula Salad With Hummus, Oranges And Roasted Beets

Hummus is the classic middle eastern side dip that is used as a dip for your favourite veggies and salads.

This tangy yet creamy dip is packed with nutrients as is consists of chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon juice and garlic with olive oil as garnish.

Combined with the peppery flavour of the arugula salad and the sweetness of the oranges, this salad offers some wild combinations that will keep you coming back for more.

ADVERTISEMENT

To create this light lunch delight add 2 peeled and chopped oranges and 8 ounces of cooked baby beets with 3/4 cup of hummus and 3 ounces of arugula.

Toss the mixture together then add a vinaigrette that consists of 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar, a dab of honey, pinch of salt, black pepper, 1/4 cup of olive oil and freshly copped chives.

Pour the vinaigrette over the mixture and serve with olive oil and chives to garnish.

ADVERTISEMENT

10Hard Boiled Egg On Toast With Harissa Butter

No matter how hard you try not to snack sometimes you just need something to keep those hunger pangs at bay.

And if you are going to do it, do it right.

Toast is the 'go-to' snack for most but if you have had enough avocado and want to try something new how about Harissa butter with hard boiled eggs.

Egg on toast is hardly a new concept granted but it is a classic for a reason.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Harissa butter adds an extra twist to the dish as the spice originates from North Africa and adds an extra level of punch to the combo.

Create the butter by combining softened, unsalted butter with a tsp of Harissa. Add salt and lemon juice to taste before spreading on hot toast.

After adding the eggs on top, season with salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice for this quick and healthy recipe that combines these interesting flavours together.

ADVERTISEMENT

11Kale Salad With Miso-Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale is one of the most nutritious plants in the world and has so many benefits. It is a member of the cabbage family and a single cup contains Vitamin A, K, C, B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Potassium and Magnesium!

That's a lot of vitamins and minerals for a this inexpensive leafy plant.

It's also low in calories which means you can pack quite a lot of it into your salads including this one which has an oriental twist.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mix 2 tbsp of miso, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of sesame oil, 2 tbsp of rice wine vinegar and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Whisk in 3 tbsp of olive oil until emulsified.

Toss the kale into a serving bowl and add the vinaigrette for this low cost, tasty and super healthy salad.

Optional: Add pistachios or cashews for added crunch or even croutons.

ADVERTISEMENT

12White Bean Fennel With Chorizo Sausage

Chorizo is the spicy Spanish sausage meat that brings so many salads to life.

The distinctive looking red meat is low-carb and perfect for those doing a ketogenic diet.

Combined with the White Bean Fennel this simple to make dish not only tastes great but the textures of the beans and chorizo combine really well to create a yummy experience.

ADVERTISEMENT

To prepare the salad add sliced fennel, diced red onions, cooked white beans (rinsed from a can), sliced Spanish chorizo, arugula and fresh parsley leaves.

The peppery taste from the arugula is a classic combination with the sweet red onions and spicy chorizo and makes a salad dish that will be a staple in your household from now on.

Optional: add a vinaigrette to the salad from some extra taste.

ADVERTISEMENT

13Honey Sriracha Chicken Bowls

Sriracha is the spicy chilli sauce that has originated from Thailand and that has become known throughout the world.

The spiciness of the chilli sauce is a tried a tested combo with the honey and gives the chicken a sweet, sticky and spicy taste which will keep you coming back.

It's so tasty that you would be forgiven for thinking it will take long to prepare but you can be make the dish in 30 minutes!

ADVERTISEMENT

Create the sauce by combining honey and the Sriracha in a bowl and add lemon juice to taste.

Dice up 2 chicken breasts and cook in olive oil over a hot pan until brown all over, flipping a few times in the process.

Add the sauce to the pan and cook until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Once cooked add salt and pepper and top with sesame seeds and spring onions.

Optional: Add chopped up fresh chillis for that extra kick.

ADVERTISEMENT

14Plum Glazed Salmon

Salmon is not only one of the healthiest fish dishes to eat it is also one of the most succulent.

The meaty pink fish is known for providing your body with the essential polyunsaturated fat, omega 3-fatty acids which are key for maintaining a healthy heart. Not only that but it can also help support brain function.

Although traditionally served with lemon when the salmon is combined with the sweetness of the plum sauce the dish takes on a new level of tastiness.

ADVERTISEMENT

In a bowl stir together 1/4 cup of plum jam, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp of grated garlic and salt and pepper.

Cook the salmon under a high heat oven or broiler and gently brush the glaze over the salmon at regular intervals allowing it to infuse with the plum sauce.

Cook until the salmon is firm and thoroughly cooked and where the glaze is starting to darken on the edges.

Enjoy with white rice and greens for one of the healthiest yet filling lunches you will ever have.

ADVERTISEMENT

15Porchetta Pork Tenderloin

This one really is a show stopper and a great way to show off your culinary skills.

Porchetta is a slow roasted shoulder or belly of pork that is so juicy and tender your guests will be demanding more.

Not only does it taste great but the inexpensive cut of pork is easy to prepare.

ADVERTISEMENT

Place the Porchetta in a baking tray on top of potato and onion slices. Rub into the skin a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper together with a handful of Parmesan cheese.

Score the fat on the meat with a knife so that is renders perfectly and add some rosemary, sage, fennel seeds, garlic and lemon zest to the meat.

Finally wrap the meet with prosciutto (Italian ham) slices before roasting in the oven for 45 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the potatoes are crispy.

Cut into pork medallions and watch your guest's mouths water at the most succulent and juiciest cut of pork they have ever tasted.

ADVERTISEMENT

16Slow Cooker Pork And Black Bean Stew

Slow cooked meat really does taste the best!

And in this Mexican themed dish the braised pork is cooked in a stew, consisting of some healthy and flavoursome vegetables.

When the beans are cooked slowly for long periods of time their creamy flavour comes to the fore and add a great texture to the stew.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cut the pork in to 2 inch cubes and fry them until brown in a hot pain of olive oil.

Set them aside whilst you create the basis of the stew by adding 1 whole chopped onion and 4 chopped garlic cloves to the pan. Fry them until brown then add 1 pound of dried black beans, 2 bay leaves and 6 cups of water.

Add salt and pepper and the pork back in before bringing the mix to the boil.

Cook low and slow to ensure the pork is tender and service with chopped onion, radish and lime wedges.

ADVERTISEMENT

17Curried Chicken Soup

Trying to keep a healthy diet whilst enjoying your favourite foods is not only possible but is essential.

Takeaway curries are a favourite for most but are not the most healthiest meals you can have.

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the great curry taste without keeping it healthy.

This curried chicken soup is loaded with veggies including butternut squash, carrots, celery and ginger whilst keeping an authentic taste.

ADVERTISEMENT

To prepare this quick and healthy meal simply combine 4 tsp of curry powder with a pinch of salt and pepper and cayenne pepper with 2 diced chicken breasts.

Please the chicken in a hot pan until brown. Add 3 chopped carrots, 1 chopped red pepper, 1 chopped onion, 1 clove of garlic minced and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 can of chicken broth, 1 can of tomatoes and 1 cup of water before bringing to the boil. Cook for a further 30 minutes and towards the end stir in coconut milk.

This simple dish will keep you warm on those cold winter nights.

ADVERTISEMENT

18Chicken Larb

This spicy dish is a mince meat based salad that originated from Laos and Thailand.

The difference with this dish is that the minced meat is chicken rather than pork or beef which are typically used.

The ground chicken is mixed with lots of healthy, nutrient dense veggies that add an enormous amount of flavour.

ADVERTISEMENT

In a hot pan fry the minced chicken in oil for 4-5 minutes and add salt and pepper.

Mix 2 tbsp of fish sauce, the juice from 1 lime and 1 tbsp of brown sugar into a bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add this mixture to the chicken with 3 chopped spring onions, 1/4 diced cucumber, 2 diced chilis, a handful of coriander and mint leave and peanuts.

When the chicken is cooked through add the mixture to lettuce leaves and garnish with mint.

This spicy asian recipe is one try as the different flavours with tantalise your taste buds.

ADVERTISEMENT

19The Mediterranean Turkey Burger

Burgers are the classic crowd pleaser and they always get eaten.

Whilst some versions of burgers aren't always the most healthy this Mediterranean twist does not only deliver more nutrients than the typical fast food burger it also tastes better.

To make the patties, mix ground turkey with 2 tsp oregano, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 diced onion, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 tsp of cumin, 1tsp of pepper and salt. Then divide the mixture into 6 evenly sized burger patties.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cook the patties on a high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side. Once cooked through serve with a tzatziki sauce, tomato, lettuce and feta cheese to give you the true Mediterranean experience.

ADVERTISEMENT

20Pan Seared Chicken With Harissa Chickpeas

When it comes to healthy diets chicken is really a staple for most of us given how lean it is and yet it still provides a good amount of protein to your diet.

But whilst most will opt for dry, plain chicken this pan seared alternative will get your mouth watering, especially with the harissa chickpeas.

Not only is it delicious but this dish is also pleasing to the eye as it contains a variety of ingredients all of which will contribute to a healthier diet.

ADVERTISEMENT

Heat oil in a pan on a medium temperature and add chicken that has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown then set aside.

Add 1 diced onion to the pan at medium heat with 2 diced peppers and stir until softened. Add 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp of tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.

Add 2 cans of chickpeas, 1/4 cup of harissa paste and 1/2 of chicken broth. Simmer for a 5 minutes then add the chicken (skin side up) and place in over for 25 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Serve immediately with parsley and lemon wedges for this exciting flavoursome dish to shine.

ADVERTISEMENT

Eating Healthy Is Easy If You Do It Right

Eating healthy doesn't have to be bland, non appetising food that you will eventually give up on.

With a bit of ingenuity you can create amazing dishes that are not only healthy and give you lots of nutrients but are also low cost and super healthy.

There are no drawbacks from making this change in your lifestyle so what are you waiting for?

Try one of the recipes today and let us know what you think in the comments below!

ADVERTISEMENT


We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience possible. Carry on browsing if you're okay with this, or find out how to manage cookies in our Cookie Settings. In addition, by navigating on this website you acknowledge that Cookies may be used to serve you personalized ads throughout your online experience. To learn more or disable this service please consult our Cookie Policy.