7 Healthy AND Tasty Recipes For Living On A Budget

7 Healthy AND Tasty Recipes For Living On A Budget

Here’s the thing, part of adulting and living responsibly off of a budget means ditching the Ramen and Spaghetti O’s and eating somewhat healthy, which makes cooking for yourself even more of a challenge.

Let me just start out by saying I am not a vegetarian. Not a vegan, pescatarian or any variant. Though, I do sympathize with the plight. I am also fortunate enough not to have food allergies. But I do have experience living off of a budget, I’ve even survived off of $4.75 a day.

It’s hard, but through a lot of research, trial/error and countless women hours spent in grocery stores staring at the calculator on my phone, I have come up with a decent recipe repertoire.

Here’s the thing, part of adulting and living responsibly off of a budget means ditching the Ramen and Spaghetti-O's and eating somewhat healthy, which makes cooking for yourself even more of a challenge. And you may not always be able to eat a balanced meal, so I suggest investing in vitamins as well.

Living on a budget and eating healthy requires mindfulness, which works really well if you make a meal schedule for the week. Even schedule snacks if you like to snack rather than have set meals.

Enough disclaimer, here are my recipes for a week's worth of eating healthy-ish on a budget:

1. Hamburger Helper

So many flavors, so little time. Make sure you have milk and one pound of ground beef handy. Though super high in sodium and whatnot, it has protein, which is hard to get on a budget, it’s filling, and it makes enough to last for a few meals. As long as you’re not eating it every day, it’s an easy filler meal.

2. Veggie Burgers

No, I am not a vegetarian, but I have to say MorningStar veggie burgers are bomb. Just pop them in the microwave and they’re good to go. You can put them on a whole wheat bun with hummus and avocados or chop them up in rice. These babies make a quick, versatile meal. Also an awesome source of protein!

3. Cauliflower Wings

Surprisingly, the less popular veggies like kale, eggplant and cauliflower are often on sale for really cheap because stores can’t move them the same way they can with more commonly eaten ones. Which is great because cauliflower is a good source of protein, vitamin K, B6 and C, fiber, potassium and the list goes on. It’s an underrated vegetable with a subtle flavor, and this recipe doesn’t require many ingredients!

4. Massaged Kale Salad

Kale, you either are obsessed with it or roll your eyes at the name of it, or you're like me and you like it occasionally because you know it’s crazy good for you. Plus, talk about bang for your buck! If you have ever purchased kale at a supermarket or farmer’s market, you know that you can’t buy it in small amounts, so plan some smoothies or make some kale chips for the week as well. This simple salad is subtle but delicious and filling, and it works well alone or as a side dish.

5. Breakfast Burritos

These burritos aren’t just for breakfast. They’re super easy to make! Just scramble some eggs, add black beans, peppers, preference of meat, roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla and top with salsa, avocado slices and a little hot sauce to flavor. Also, add peppers and onions according to your preference.

6. Chili

To make this dish a little healthier I use low sodium chili mix, but with one pound of hamburger, canned tomato chunks, kidney beans and onions to flavor. It makes a protein-rich, flavorful and filling meal that lasts a few days.

7. Rice and Beans

Unless the box says it’s low sodium, many of the premixed rice and beans kits are a little high in sodium, which detracts from the protein enriched classic. So easy to make and lasts a few meals

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Ah, the breakfast sandwich. Easy to make, easy to pick up, easy to love. That is, when its made with everything you want in it. Each of those preferences come from personality, or I like to think so. So here is me trying to be funny and trying to match everyone’s personalities with popular breakfast sandwich ingredients.


Croissant- Semi introvert, semi extrovert. Loves to socialize, but needs a decent amount of alone time.

Bagel- Tough exterior, big heart. Nice, caring but not until someone really gets to know you. Takes time to show that side.

English Muffin- Sophisticated, sweet. The one everyone loves, and is always on the high end of things.

McGriddle- Mellow, laid back. Not the type to be out socializing all the time but a great friend to everyone they’re close to.

Bread slices- Simple, uncomplicated. Non-judgemental who’s easy to get along with because they accept anyone in anyway they are.

Biscuits- Playful, yet gentle. Sweet on the surface but underneath has a lot more going on, with so many stories to tell.


Ham- Conscientious. Of everyone and everything around them, takes awhile to trust something new or even to try something new.

Sausage- Open book. Nothing to hide, nothing done to hide. Easy to enjoy time with because there are no secrets.

With Bacon- Live in the moment. Doesn’t always think about the future struggles, just enjoys everything in the present.

Without Bacon- Health conscious. Bacon is in fact not the healthiest meat to out on a sandwich, someone who forgoes the possibility of eating bacon knows it.

Egg Types

Whole Egg- Adventurous. Can’t miss out on anything, has to try everything that is a possibility and sounds appealing.

Egg White Only- Active lifestyle. Tend to skip the egg yellows for diet reasons or according to their diet plan.

Egg Substitute- Vegan. Very likely because vegans don’t eat eggs and this is a decent source of protein to replace meat.


Cheese- Detail oriented, probably from Wisconsin. Unless they know the clear difference of cheese existing or not, and cheese is a big part of the Wisconsin food guide pyramid.

No Cheese- Vegan. Because vegans also don’t eat cheese and have to find something else to add more flavor like...

Spicy Flakes/Powder- Full of life, never a dull moment. Not an awfully popular ingredient which is why it represents adventure and fun stories.

Garlic- Wholesome. Whether or not everything is okay, they put on a smile and do a good job of keeping it together.

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21 Thoughts I Had While Eating These Chicken Wings

I wonder if anyone has ever died from eating too many chicken wings?

1. I wonder if anyone has ever died from eating too many chicken wings.

2. Nah, I would have heard of it, because it would be a commonly known thing.

3. What if their immediate family and/or friends were embarrassed so they changed the cause of death to something less weird like cardiac arrest or work-related accident?

4. WHAT IF their job involved eating chicken wings and them dying as a result of eating too many chicken wings was actually a work-related accident??

5. Speaking of work, I need to go to work soon.

6. Am I having these thoughts because I’m writing about my thoughts, or am I writing about these thoughts because I’m having them?

7. Damn, I gotta stop confusing myself every time.

8. I wonder if I can get away with not doing calc homework tonight.

9. Nah, I don’t pay all that money to play myself by not doing homework.

10. Wow, I’m actually having a conversation with myself... wtf...

11. And I'm writing about it too… wtffff…

12. If I were to get charged with murder, would this be an acceptable documentation of my insanity and/or mental instability? Would I get off easy because of this? Hmm…

13. Nah, I’m black so probably not…

14. Crap, I shouldn’t have typed that but these are my unfiltered thoughts I’m typing so whatever

15. I wonder if James Madison knew the world would find out that he was a closeted monarchist.

16. Was he even a closeted monarchist or is that just my own conclusion based on what I’ve been taught in my political science course?

17. Damn, I got chicken wing hot sauce on my computer...

18. If this leads to my computer being defective, does the warranty cover "damage by hot sauce?"

19. I really need to leave for work...

20. But it's sooo cold...

21. Better cold than broke I guess...

I'm sorry for anyone who just read this, I just wanted to give an insight on what goes on through my mind as I eat chicken wings on a cold, windy and rainy Wednesday afternoon.

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