With rising food prices, is it possible to maintain a nutritious diet?
Yes, it is. So put down the ramen noodles. In fact, we’d argue that food is one of the most important expense to prioritize – if you’re not fueled with good nutrition, you won’t be able to work, live or play in the way you want to.
Still, everyone can use some budget-friendly recipe tips and inspiration. If you’d like to save money on food, consider:
- Eating more plants. Plant-based foods are less expensive than animal products, so incorporate plenty of vegetables into your menu plans, along with beans, legumes and gluten-free grains. If you’re going to eat animals, buy high-quality products and use them sparingly – make veggies the star of the plate, with meat as the side dish.
- Buying locally and seasonally. Food costs less when it’s in season, because it’s plentiful in nature. Plus, when you purchase from local farmers food doesn’t travel as far to get to you, cutting down on travel costs.
- Cooking from scratch. You knew this one was coming. If you want to save some cash, cooking from scratch is the way to go. Think about how much you spend on buying food and drinks – if you eat out regularly, it’s probably a lot. Cooking at home using fresh ingredients is not only better for our health, but will help you pad your wallet too.
And so, if you’re looking for some budget-friendly meal inspiration, check out our favourite budget-friendly recipes.
3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes
All you need are oats, a banana and nut or seed milk to make these pancakes a reality. Doesn’t get much easier, or inexpensive, than this!
Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup
A beautiful vegan meal packed with protein and fibre – and as a bonus, it’s ready in 30 minutes!
Mexican Fried Brown Rice
A cheap and cheerful gluten-free meal that includes ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Easy!
Yellow Mung Bean Soup
A flexible, no-fuss budget-friendly recipe that you can customize with the vegetables you love.
Tuna and Guac Bites
An adorable gluten-free and Paleo appie that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And if you’re not a fan of tuna, the recipe also offers some alternatives.
Fridge Bits Fettucini
We throw a lot of money away – literally – when we toss spoiled food in the trash. Use up the last of the veggies in your fridge for this tasty vegan and gluten-free fettucini recipe.
Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs
Everyone always heads for the chicken breasts first, but the thighs and legs are much more affordable and ultra delicious, too. This a 5-ingredient recipe pairs perfectly with your favourite gluten-free grains, roasted veggies, or a simple salad.
Charred Romaine Salad with Tahini Dressing
Ever grilled a romaine heart? It’s life-changing! This recipe doesn’t need a BBQ – just a hot pan – and is topped with a simple and quick tahini dressing.
Vegan Chili Con Carne
Nothing says budget cooking quite like a vegan chili! Beans, rice, tomatoes, a bit of veg and spices – chili is an easy, cheap and no-fuss meal.
5-Ingredient Pea and Mint Soup
With only five inexpensive ingredients, this vegan soup is a bowl of bright green goodness.
Chana Aloo Masala
This recipe clocks in at less than $2 per serving, making a protein-rich and delicious meal. All of the recipes on this site offer an ingredient cost breakdown, so it’s a good resource to use if you’re working with a tight budget.
Hummus Without Tahini
Chickpea hummus is already budget-friendly, but make it even cheaper with this recipe that eliminates the tahini – but doesn’t compromise the flavour.
Easy Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This 4-ingredient recipe transforms leftover chicken into a fibre-packed, satiating and easy meal. Yum!
Pumpkin Seed Zucchini Crackers
Making your own gluten-free and grain-free crackers is much less expensive! This recipe is packed with budget-friendly seeds and zucchini, and is the perfect complement to salsa or dips.
Almond Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie
This antioxidant-rich dairy-free smoothie will remind you of your favourite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, minus the peanuts. It’s appealing to the kiddos, too, so give it a try!
When using budget-friendly cuts of meat, hearty stews (or slow cooking) can yield a tender and flavourful result. Try this Hungarian goulash recipe stuffed with plenty of extra vegetables.
Super Iron Supper
This quick and easy iron-rich meal will give you plateful of energy-boosting power. For the vegans and vegetarians, there is also a meat-free version.
Lazy Man Paleo Apple Pie
Got apples in the fridge? Then you basically have what you need to make this gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and Paleo faux ‘apple pie’.
A Paleo-friendly gluten-free fudge recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the bank.
Simple Black Bean Burgers
If you have a hankering for a simple veggie burger, this gluten-free and vegan recipe doesn’t even need a food processor to make the mixture! Flourish with your favourite toppings and you’ve got yourself a meal.