10 Healthy Meals Under $10

Eating healthy without sacrificing taste is absolutely possible and, that too, on a budget! Here is a list of 10 recipes for healthy meals that cost under $10 and are delicious as well as nutritious. With these recipes, you will be able to eat more for less.

1. Tuna and White Beans Salad

Cost of 1 serving: $1.47

Ingredients for 3 servings:

  • 15 ounces canned white beans $0.86
  • 5 ounces canned tuna $0.89
  • 2 whole sliced green onions $0.19
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice $0.06
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil $0.16
  • salt & pepper $0.05
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $1.69
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots $0.50

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add beans, tuna, green onions, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix everything together.
  2. Serve with sides of tomatoes and baby carrots.

Source: budgetbytes

2. Baked Eggs and Spinach

Cost of 1 serving: $0.82

Ingredient for 4 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil $0.05
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves $0.05
  • 10 ounces spinach $1.99
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes $0.16
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion $0.10
  • 4 eggs $0.40
  • salt, pepper & paprika $0.05
  • fresh fruit $0.50

Instructions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a skillet, add olive oil and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add spinach and toss for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and combine. Add onion and simmer for around 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. In an ovenproof dish, add sauteed spinach, with space in between for the eggs. Crack 1 egg in each space.
  4. Bake for around 8 to 10 minutes or until egg whites are cooked.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit.

Source: 5dollardinners

3. Green Tea Pancakes

Cost of 1 serving: $1.15

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup flour $0.30
  • 1 egg $0.30
  • 1 cup milk $0.45
  • 2 ounces matcha $1.00
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder & 2 teaspoons sugar $0.25

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add flour, baking powder and matcha and combine. In another bowl, add egg, sugar and milk and whisk. Add dry ingredients slowly while whisking until everything is mixed.
  2. Butter a pan over medium-heat. Pour some of the batter in the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Top with yogurt and kiwi.

Source: noeatinggoutinny

4. Hummus Breakfast Bowl

Cost of 1 serving: $1.01

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1 cup cooked rice $0.19
  • 4 to 5 broccoli florets $0.21
  • 1 large egg $0.27
  • 2 tablespoons hummus $0.19
  • salt & pepper $0.05
  • pinch sesame seeds $0.05
  • sriracha $0.05

Instructions:

  1. Soft boil or fry the egg and leave the yolk runny.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add rice and broccoli and microwave on high for 1 minute or until rice is hot and broccoli is soft enough.
  3. Add hummus, egg, salt and pepper and sprinkle with sriracha and sesame seeds.

Source: budgetbytes

5. Ginger, Almond and Hemp Granola

Cost of 1 serving: $0.53

Ingredients for 10 servings:

  • 2 cups whole rolled oats $1.75
  • 1 cup roasted almonds $2.00
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts $0.50
  • 1/4 cup hemp seed hearts $0.50
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.25
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil $0.25
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-inch peeled and sliced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. In a pot, add ginger, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for around 20 minutes or until half of the water has evaporated. Set syrup aside and let ginger cool. Julienne the ginger.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, add oats, nuts, hemp seed hearts, coconut oil, salt and ginger. Drizzle with syrup and mix.
  3. On a baking sheet, spread the mixture. Bake for around 30 minutes or until granola has darkened slightly, while checking each 10 minutes to avoid overcooking.

Source: noteatingoutinny

6. Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas

Cost of 1 serving: $2.06

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes $1.50
  • 1 cup quinoa $2.00
  • 1 can cooked chickpeas $2.00
  • 1 bunch parsley $2.00
  • 1/4 preserved lemon $0.25
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil $0.50
  • salt & pepper $0.05

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, chop potatoes into cubes. In a bowl, add potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix. Place wedges separately on a baking pan. Roast for around 15 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other side, or until potatoes are soft and slightly crispy on the edges. Let cool.
  3. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool completely.
  4. Scrape white pith of preserved lemon and cut the remaining yellow peel into thin slivers.
  5. In a bowl, add quinoa, chickpeas, preserved lemon and parsley. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Add potatoes and serve.

Source: noteatingoutinny

7. Baked Tilapia and Tomatoes

Cost of 1 serving: $1.20

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 4 ounces thawed tilapia filets $3.33
  • 15 ounces can diced drained tomatoes $0.69
  • 2 minced garlic cloves $0.16
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil $0.32
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt $0.02
  • pepper $0.05
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice $0.03
  • handful chopped parsley $0.15

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, add tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper and lemon juice and mix.
  3. In an oven-safe skillet, spread a little of the mixture. Top with tilapia and the rest of the mixture.
  4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until juices around the fish are bubbling.
  5. Serve with parsley.

Source: budgetbytes

8. Chicken Mandarin Salad

Cost of 1 serving: $2.60

Ingredients for 2 servings:

For dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons light or neutral oil $0.08
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar $0.12
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce $0.13
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil $0.11
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger $0.04
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds $0.04

For salad:

  • 6 cups salad greens $1.25
  • 11 ounces drained canned mandarin oranges $0.77
  • 1 chopped rotisserie chicken breast $1.50
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds $0.50
  • 1/4 small sliced red onion $0.14
  • 1/2 sliced avocado $0.50

Instructions:

For dressing:

  1. In a bowl, add ingredients and mix. Set aside.

For salad:

  1. In a bowl, add salad greens, mandarin oranges, chicken, avocado and red onion. Mix dressing and drizzle over salad.

Source: budgetbytes

9. Kale and Salmon Salad

Cost of 1 serving: $2.23

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 8 ounces pasta $0.75
  • 6 ounces chopped kale $1.50
  • 14 ounces drained canned salmon chunks $3.99
  • 2 large diced hard boiled eggs $0.54
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan $0.96
  • 1/2 cup  Caesar dressing $1.16

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions and drain.
  2. In a bowl, add pasta and kale and mix to make the kale wilt from the heat.
  3. Add salmon, eggs and Parmesan. Drizzle with Caesar dressing and mix.

Source: budgetbytes

10. Brussel Sprouts and Pear Salad

Cost of 1 serving $1.15

Ingredients for 4 servings:

For Dijon vinaigrette:

  • 1 small minced garlic clove $0.08
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil $0.22
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar $0.03
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard $0.04
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt $0.01
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar $0.01
  • pepper $0.05

For salad:

  • 10 ounces shredded Brussels sprouts $2.79
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil $0.06
  • 1 sliced D’anjou pear $0.69
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries $0.60
  • salt & pepper $0.05

Instructions:

For vinaigrette:

  1. In a bowl, add garlic, olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, salt, sugar and pepper. Whisk until the mixture becomes light and appears nearly creamy. Set aside.

For salad:

  1. In a bowl, soak cranberries in very hot water for around 5 minutes or until slightly soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and Brusels sprouts and saute for around 5 minutes or until soft but still bright green. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl, add Brussels sprouts, pears and cranberries. Drizzle with vinaigrette and mix. Sprinkle with pepper.

Source: budgetbytes

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Akasha

Powerlifter who is extremely passionate about nutrition, Akasha believes nutrition is one of the keys to great athletic performance, and a healthy and happy self. When she is not lifting heavy weights or learning about health, she codes, cosplays and headbangs to Metal music.