Plate with bunch of vegetables

Plate with bunch of vegetables

When you’re trying to stick to a budget, a self-made cheap meal plan and cooking at home can help you save some extra money. 

Today, let’s discuss some meals that you can consume throughout the week that are not only affordable but nutritious as well.

Day 1 Meal: Tomato Bun Tuna Melt

Sandwich with meatSandwich with meat

A budget-friendly canned fish, like tuna and wild salmon, is affordable and convenient for healthy dinners. You can get the same health benefits like omega-3 fats and protein from canned options at a fraction of the price of frozen fish. 

Furthermore, you can still plan to check out the fish counter while grocery shopping to see what fresh seafood options are on sale. Frozen fish can be a better cheap meal plan option as they are often less expensive, and can be defrosted.

Day 2 Meal: Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Spaghetti dish on a plate
Spaghetti dish on a plate

Going meatless a few times is good for your health, good for the environment, and good for your wallet. A vegetarian spaghetti squash lasagna meal generally consists of 18 grams of protein and 7 grams of filling fiber.

Day 3 Meal: Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice with chicken
Fried rice with chicken

Fried rice with vegetables and some meat is an obvious choice for a quick and cheap meal plan. Some extra onion or leftover zucchini can be added to this meal, making it even better. 

What’s more, you can add whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Being versatile and using what you have on hand will save money and minimize food waste.

Day 4 Meal: Roasted Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

Meal roasted Buffalo Chickpea Wraps
Meal roasted Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

Canned beans are healthy, affordable, and convenient ingredients to add protein and fiber to your meals. Canned chickpeas can replace expensive chicken while still delivering a satisfying flavor. You can stock up on beans when they go on sale and use them in salads, wraps, soups, stews, and more for a healthy and affordable protein.

Day 5 Meal: Bean and Veggie Taco Bowl

Bean and Veggie Taco Bowl
Bean and Veggie Taco Bowl

Precooked rice, canned black beans, and whatever veggies you have on hand are all you need to make a bean and veggie taco bowl. Using pantry staples to whip a cheap meal plan skips an extra trip to the grocery store.

Day 6 Meal: Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta

Meal: Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta
Meal: Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta

Chicken goes on sale often. So when it does, stock up and keep it in your freezer. This meal uses less-expensive chicken thighs combined with dried herbs, veggies, and cheese for a nutritious and creamy one-dish dinner.

Day 7 Meal: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Beef stew in a bowl
Beef stew in a bowl

Tougher cuts of meat like the beef chucks used in the beef stew are affordable options that require more cooking time to become tender and juicy. This also makes them perfect for the slow cooker.

To Sum It Up

Remember, you shouldn’t break the bank to eat healthily. There are several ways to eat nutrient-rich meals, even on a tight budget. Plan your meals, cook them at home, and make intelligent choices at the grocery store for the perfect cheap meal plan. Also, be mindful that highly processed foods will cost you twice and are not the best options for a meal plan on a budget.