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 Mommy, 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. They all come from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge so you KNOW they’re going to be delicious and simple to put together.
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 from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
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 from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
3. Bacon Spinach and Tomato Risotto
Risotto is a great budget-friendly meal and you can customize 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 can of chickpeas for your protein.
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 from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
5. Butternut Squash 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 canned 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 Butternut Squash and Chickpea Burgers from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
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 is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
7. Hearty Minestrone Soup
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 from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
8. Deviled 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 Deviled Sausages recipe from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
9. One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Here is a great one pot meal that will feed a family of 6 (or provide delicious leftovers).
And yes, even the pasta is cooked in the same pot! It’s a perfect mid-week meal that can be made in around 30 minutes.
Get the One Pot Spaghetti recipe here.
10. Mexican Lasagna
This Mexican Lasagna tastes even better the next day so it can be prepared ahead of time. It’s just crying out to be made in a double batch so why not freeze one for one of those busy nights?
Get the Mexican Lasagna recipe here.
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