Top 20 Recipes for Eating Healthy on a Budget

I hope y’all are enjoying the long holiday weekend! I thought it would be a good opportunity to round up my Top 20 Recipes for Eating Healthy on a Budget. You see, it’s about this time every year that I start getting serious about eating healthy and working out. No, not because bikinis are rapidly approaching (okay, maybe a little), but because the sudden sunshine and warm air begin to energize and awaken me from the inside out. As soon as the sun starts to come out from behind those winter clouds, I spring to action like a little energizer bunny.

Top 20 Recipes for Eating Healthy on a Budget

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I went through my archives and pulled these 20 recipes (10 meat and 10 vegetarian) that you might find useful if you suddenly become a health monster every spring, like me. “Healthy” is obviously a very subjective term, so take the list with a grain of salt.

My criteria for healthy means: plenty of vegetables and/or fiber, low or no added sugar, and reasonable fat content (lower animal based fats). And of course, what do all of these recipes have in common? They’re satisfying and budget friendly. Enjoy! :)

Meat Recipes

1. Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle Chicken Chili or "C3"

This chipotle chicken chili has smoky chipotle peppers, shredded chicken, and hearty beans for a meal that will fill you up and satisfy your taste buds.
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2. Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers

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Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers

These flavorful mini black bean turkey burgers come together quickly and bake in the oven for a fast, no fuss dinner. 
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3. Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls

Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls

These super fresh Spicy Tuna Guacamole bowls are packed with protein, fiber, and flavor. A perfect lunch or light dinner during the hot summer months.
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4. Curry Beef with Peas

Curry Beef with Peas

A hearty curry beef with sweet peas over rice is inexpensive, flavorful, and filling.
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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

Chicken slowly stewed with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices makes this Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja a versatile favorite. 
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6. Greek Turkey Burgers

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Greek Turkey Burgers

Spinach, lemon, feta, garlic, and dill pack a lot of flavor into these healthy and delicious Greek Turkey Burgers. 
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7. Chicken and Lime Soup

Chicken and Lime Soup

This Chicken and Lime Soup is light, fresh, and flavorful with shredded chicken, vegetables, and a tangy lime infused broth. 
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8. Sloppy Joes Plus

The plus in Sloppy Joes Plus is lentils! Tender lentils make the perfect addition to ground beef and increase the texture, flavor, and nutrients! BudgetBytes.com

Sloppy Joes Plus

The plus in Sloppy Joes Plus is lentils! Tender lentils make the perfect addition to ground beef and increase the texture, flavor, and nutrients!
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9. Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowls

Sweet n' Spicy Chicken Bowls

These Sweet n' Spicy Chicken Bowls assemble quickly and provide a lot of flavor, color, and texture. Low sugar, high fiber, and loaded with deliciousness!
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10. Easy Oven Fajitas

These Easy Oven Fajitas are a simple "set it and forget it" way to get that smoky sweet flavor of traditional griddle fajitas. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Oven Fajitas

These Easy Oven Fajitas are a simple "set it and forget it" way to get that smoky sweet flavor of traditional griddle fajitas.
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Vegetarian Recipes

11. Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

These super fast Curried Chickpeas with spinach are packed with flavor and nutrients, vegan, gluten-free, and filling! Plus they freeze great! BudgetBytes.com

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

These super fast Curried Chickpeas with spinach are packed with flavor and nutrients, vegan, gluten-free, and filling! Plus they freeze great!
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12. Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti

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Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti

A medley of roasted vegetables give this baked ziti a sweet and smoky flavor, tons of texture, and a healthy kick in the pants.
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13. Vegan Red Beans and Rice

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

These vegan red beans and rice are just as flavorful and filling as the classic pork version, but contain no animal products.
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14. Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights. BudgetBytes.com

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights.
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15. Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

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Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

This one pot Spanish Chickpeas and rice has big flavor thanks to liberal dose of spices, artichoke hearts, and fresh lemon. 
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16. Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup with Tofu

Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup with Tofu

This hot & sour vegetable soup is light on the stomach, but not light on flavor! The spicy and tangy broth infuses the tofu and vegetables for maximum impact.
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17. Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

This Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup is packed with hearty flavor, texture, and good-for-you vegetables! 
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18. Weeknight Enchiladas

Weeknight Enchiladas

These basic Weeknight Enchiladas are anything but boring. A few important details take their flavor from simple to spectacular.
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19. Vegan Red Lentil Stew

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

This hearty Vegan Red Lentil Stew is packed with vegetables for tons of flavor, and will keep you warm and full in the cold winter weather!
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20. Mediterranean Farro Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

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Mediterranean Farro Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

This Mediterranean Farro Salad with Spiced Chickpeas is packed with flavor, texture, and nutrients (and no animal products!). 
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