25 Deliciously Easy Budget-Friendly Meals

Who LOVES to eat? Me! Food prices are becoming increasingly higher every single day and as consumers, we may find it harder to stick to our budget. Together we can combat this and make delicious, nutritious budget-friendly meals for you and your family.

Let your bank (and stomach) account THANK you for preparing and eating these awesome meals.

Check out these 25 deliciously easy budget-friendly meals.


1. Easy Veggie Pasta

If you’re looking to prepare a simple, quick and easy meatless dish – check out this Easy Veggie Pasta by Happy Healing. This meal takes approximately 15 minutes to make and it super delicious.

2. Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad

Get your greens and beans in your tum. This simple recipe serves 4-6 people and takes about 10 minutes to prep. Check out the Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad by Growing Up Gabel.

3. One Pan Broccoli Cashew Chicken

All you need is one pan to prepare this 15-minute meal. This meal is for the nut lovers! One Pan Broccoli Cashew Chicken by Recipes to Nourish.

4. Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

Grab yourself a good ol’ bag of oats for less than $5 and prepare yourself a delicious bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great way to keep you full and you can literally top it with your favourite fruits, nuts and more. Check out this delicious recipe by Eating Bird Food.

5. Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of Mac and Cheese? I crave this dish from time to time and it’s super easy and quick to make and of course, doesn’t break the bank. I like to add extra veggies to my mac and cheese. Check out how to make the Creamiest Mac and Cheese by Neighbor Food.

6. Chinese Fried Rice

I’m a HUGE rice fan and fried rice is definitely one of my most loved dishes. Fried rice takes about 15 minutes to prepare and serve – super quick. Check out this Chinese Fried Rice recipe by Everyday Easy Eats.

7. Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish is perfect for a cold winters night and will hit just the right spot. This Chicken Noodle Soup by Budget Bytes costs $10.44 and serves 8.

8. Lentil Dhal

One meal I had growing up was lentil dhal. Lentils are extremely cheap and have many health benefits. I like to add rice to my dhal. Check out this simple recipe by Karen Martini.

9. Garden Vegetable Lasagna 

Jam-packed with all the veggies you need, plus it is freezer friendly. Learn how to make this scrumptious Garden Vegetable Lasagna by Tastes Lovely.

10. Goulash

One of my favourite meals as a kid was Goulash. My Grandpa used to make the BEST Goulash in town. Goulash is very easy to make and it is extremely tasty. This Easy Goulash recipe by Mandy’s Recipe Box will make you want to make it over and over again, just so you can eat it all up.

11. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole is definitely a winner in my household. It goes down a treat and everybody loves it. Check out these simple Tuna Casserole dish by My Kitchen Craze.

12. Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a perfect dish. Pizza allows you to add ANY toppings of your choice and is definitely a win. Frugal Farm Wife shows you how to make an Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Crust.

13. Breakfast Burritos

Who doesn’t love burritos for breakfast? Check out how to make these delicious freezer friendly Breakfast Burritos by Damn Delicious.

14. Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes only take 30 minutes to make. This recipe by The Cents’ Able Shoppin shows you how to make delicious sloppy joes and your own sloppy joe sauce.

15. Jacket Potatoes 

Jacket Potatoes are extremely filling and super scrummy. Add your favourite toppings to your jacket potatoes and enjoy. Check out this Cheesy Vegetarian Baked Potato recipe by Peas & Crayons.

16. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry (Dum Aloo)

If you love spicy food check out this super affordable Spicy Vegan Potato Curry by Cilantro & Citronella. Yum!

17. Chicken Ranch Wraps

Another staple in my household is chicken wraps. They go down a treat, are super affordable and very scrummy. Prep and serve time takes 15 minutes, which is great when there are hungry tums. Give these Chicken Ranch Wraps by Gimmie Delicious a try.

18. Mashup Macaroni Potato Salad

Not feeling Mac and Cheese tonight? Check out this scrummy Mashup Macaroni Potato Salad by Little Spice Jar. This costs less than $10 to make and serves 8.

19. Italian Wedding Soup

A freezer friendly dish. Whip up this Italian Wedding Soup by The Beach House Kitchen. Perfect for the cold winter nights and leftovers for lunch.

20. Burrito Bowls

I’m a huge fan of burrito bowls. I love how you can add any toppings and flavors of your choice and it still tastes delicious. Check out this Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Burrito Bowl by Cooking Classy.

21. Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

We simply cannot forget dessert. These Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Buns by Budget Bytes come at $6.29 for the entire recipe. Score!

22. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

If you’ve got yourself a slow cooker check out this Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili by Blissfully Domestic. This recipe takes around 6 to 8 hours in the slow cooker, however, it’ll taste amazing once it’s ready!

23. Shepherd’s Pie

Yet another favourite in my household. Shepherd’s Pie is super easy and affordable to make. I usually grab some minced meat, a packet of frozen veggies, pasta sauce, cheese and instant mash and that makes two Shepherd’s Pies. Check out this recipe by Life in the Lofthouse.

24. Chicken Taco Bake

This delicious Chicken Taco Bake only requires six inexpensive ingredients and takes half an hour to bake in the oven. This recipe is a total hit the little ones too. Check out the recipe here by Mending the Piggy Bank.

25. Loaded Vegetable Soup

Who doesn’t love a delicious hearty vegetable soup? This recipe is perfect for getting all of your veggies and is super easy to make. This recipe serves 8 (generously). Check out the recipe here by Cozy Country Living.

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I hope you enjoy these super tasty budget-friendly meals. What’s a meal do you love to make?

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