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Feed Your Whole Family With Healthy Meals For Under $7 – Yes, Really!

Food is one of our biggest expenses each week and we obviously can’t go without it – but we can monitor what we’re splashing our cash on.

And the good news is you can eat well for cheap without having to cut up coupons!

We have chosen some recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge below to show you how YUMMY and healthy budget food can be!

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10 Top Tips To Eat Healthily On A Budget

1. Shop at cheaper shops / ethnic markets

2. Avoid processed foods

3. Swap prepackaged foods (you get more for your dollar by cutting up salad than buying it in a bag)

4. Be prepared- eat at home or take your meals out with you

5. Cook from scratch

6. Buy in bulk

7. Reduce portion sizes

8. Shop with a list

9. Eat your leftovers

10. Take part in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge where all portion sizes, shopping list and nutrition are taken care of for you and meals are budget and family friendly

Family lunch at home

Staples to keep in your cupboard:

  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Stock cubes
  • Sweet potatoes

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Lifestyle changes to help keep costs down:

  • Become a flexitarian and swap meat for beans (which are loaded with protein) a couple of times a week.
  • Rather than throw out leftover veg, why not make a soup or broth?
  • Even if you just start out by growing your own herbs then veg, it’ll save you money and a supermarket run.

Cheap Recipes – all from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge:

Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken

Roasted Lemon Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole large chicken around 3-4kg
  • 1 lemon try to find unwaxed if possible
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary (or use dried thyme, sage or mixed herbs)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

This recipe only includes four ingredients (chicken, thyme, lemon), but if you chuck some roasted sweet potatoes in you can feed the whole family for $6, excluding leftovers.

For more on this recipe, click here.

15 Minute Healthy Chicken Satay Salad Tacos

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Ingredients:

  • cooking oil spray
  • 1 chopped red capsicum
  • 4 stalks thinly sliced celery
  • 400 grams chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce salt reduced
  • hard taco shells
  • mixed lettuce leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander

This delicious meal only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and you can feed the your family for $6.80. For full recipe, click here.

10 Minute Corn Salsa With Egg 

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Ingredients per meal: 

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh or tinned
  • 1/4 avocado diced
  • 1 spring onion finely sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • cooking oil spray
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 slice wholegrain bread of choice

You could feed an average family (2 adults and 2 kids) for $7 – note this includes two adult sized portions ($1.90 per serve) and two kid-sized portions.

For more on this recipe, click here.

Homemade Pizzas With Less Than 5 Ingredients

3 Homemade Pizzas With Less Than 5 Ingredients

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 100g red ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (add just before serving)
  • Flour

This works out at around $5 per meal for the family. For full recipe, click here.

Meanwhile, this mum spent SIX HOURS prepping meals for 12 weeks and it only cost $500!

Meal prep mum

Are you ready to become a Healthy Mummy?

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge advert showing recipes and weight loss results

If you are wanting to lose weight and improve your energy – not to mention – help improve your overall health and wellbeing – our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an awesome program to check out.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge includes:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans (including 7 Day Cleanse)
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

To learn more about our 28 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE CLICK HERE or purchase our Smoothies.

 

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written by:

Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.