10 delicious gourmet meal recipes that are kind to your wallet

When you are all pumped about jumping onto the meal prep train, there may be a niggling fear about how much it’s all going to cost to start.

After all, if you’re going to be making lots of food that means you need to buy lots of ingredients!

But if you’re a budget conscious mama like a lot of us here at The Healthy Mummy, you’re in luck.

We’ve pulled together a list of TEN of the best budget-friendly meals that suit being made ahead of time just for you. Many of them are from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge so you KNOW they’re going to be delicious and simple to put together.

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10 budget-friendly recipes you can meal prep

1. Spinach and Feta Frittata


This Spinach and Feta Frittata from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a great recipe to make at the start of the week to use for your lunches each day.

Or make double and then you can have it for dinner one night with the family too. This has no meat, making it extra budget friendly.

Grab the recipe for the Spinach and Feta Frittata here.

2. Slow Cooker Asian chicken


This one can be made even more budget-friendly – grab a pack of chicken thighs instead to make this tasty recipe.

It freezes well with the rice so you can portion up singles serves for a quick and easy meal for one.

Grab the recipe for the Slow Cooked Asian Chicken here. 

3. Bacon Spinach and Tomato Risotto

Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Rissotto

Risotto is a great budget-friendly meal and you can customise it to what you have available in the fridge.

Using bacon is a great way to get the meat in without having to buy expensive cuts. Feel free to use frozen spinach if you have some on hand.

This recipe for this risotto is available on the recipe hub for the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

4. Chickpea Nourish Bowl


Another vegetarian option, this makes the most of the humble tin of chickpeas for your protein serve.

Use whatever greens and other veggies you have on hand to make it a ‘bottom of the vegetable drawer’ type of meal. The sauce makes it extra special. Package it up to enjoy for lunch over a couple of days.

Grab the recipe for the Spiced Chickpea Nourish Bowl here

5. Pumpkin Chickpea Burgers


While you’re roasting the pumpkin for the recipe above, why not make extra to use in these hearty burgers?

They’re bulked out with chickpeas (we love cheap tinned legumes!) and can be enjoyed on a bun or just with a side of salad if you prefer. Freeze the prepared (uncooked) burgers to pull out on a busy night.

Check out the recipe for the Pumpkin and Chickpea Burgers here

6. Honey Mustard Drumsticks with Rice


The humble drumstick is a winner with families everywhere, and this recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s only got a few key ingredients, and you could use any leftovers for your lunch for the rest of the week.

Recipe available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

7. Minestrone Soup

Autumn Minestrone

Soup freezes so well, so it’s worth making a double batch of this to enjoy for dinner one night with the fam, and then freeze the second portion for another night when you fancy something comforting.

Top tip: cook a rasher or two of crispy bacon and crumble it over the top for the meat lovers.

Grab the recipe for the Minestrone Soup here

8. Burrito Bowl


Use whatever mince is on special for this simple Mexican inspired recipe. If avocados are too expensive, use some sour cream instead.

This meal freezes well and can either be packaged up in single serves with the rice or just the meat component.

Get the Burrito Bowl recipe here

9. Devilled Sausages

Devilled Sausages

It wouldn’t be a budget meal prep list without sausages, would it?

This recipe is one of our most popular budget meals on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and with good reason. Sausages and mash with a simple sauce are not only delicious, but it’s also very easy on the wallet too.

Make a double batch and your future self will thank you when you come home cold and hungry one night and all you have to do is make the mash.

Grab the Devilled Sausages recipe here

10. Budget Beef Stew


The clue’s in the name – this hearty stew from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is very economical and is sure to feed hungry bellies on a cold night. Make it in advance and freeze to use at another time, you’ll be so glad you did.

Get the full recipe for this Budget Beef Stew here.

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Ready to be a healthier happier mum?

Here at The Healthy Mummy we are all about helping mums lose weight and get healthy. Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has over 4,000 healthy, family-friendly recipes and more than 350 exercises and 24/7 support from fellow mums to help you achieve your goals.

You can get a FREE Belly Blasting recipe and exercise pack here.

To learn more about the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge (including the meal plans and monthly themes) click here.

written by:

Lee Price

Lee is a mother of two children who loves writing, the beach, cooking, and drinking coffee. She lives on the south coast of NSW and can usually be found pushing her kids on the swing at the local park.