Healthy $4 Dinners to Add to Your Meal Plan This Week

Healthy $4 Dinners to Add to Your Meal Plan This Week

The idea that healthy food costs more than junk food is something we hear a lot. There is a strong belief that cooking from scratch is too expensive.

Yes, eating healthy can cost a bit more if you go all out with expensive items like collagen, matcha or other types of fancy superfood powders. But the truth is that eating healthy can be simple, affordable and most of all delicious.

If you are looking to eat healthy in a way that doesn't break the bank - we've got you covered. Here are three easy, healthy dinners that cost less than $4 per serving.

Spicy Coconut Lentil Soup

Cost $2.50 per serving

Healthy $5 Dinners to Add to your Meal Plan This Week: Spicy Coconut Lentil Soup

This cozy and warming soup is packed full of flavor thanks to some simple dried spices that you probably already have on hand. Do not underestimate the power of lentils! They may be small, but they are packed full of nutrition, cook easily (no soaking required) and are super affordable. A large bag of dried lentils only costs $4 and can be turned into multiple meals.

Spicy Coconut Lentil Soup

Servings: 4
Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Brown Basmati Rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup Dry Lentils (uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 2 tsps Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric (ground)
  • 1 tsp Cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 7 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (optional, chopped)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the dry rice and lentils in a fine mesh sieve and add to a large pot along with the shredded coconut, smoked paprika, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and sea salt. Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the lentils and rice are cooked through. Divide into bowls and garnish with cilantro (optional). Enjoy!

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Caribbean Smoked Herring:

$3.75 per serving

Healthy $5 Dinners to Add to your Meal Plan This Week: Caribbean Smoked Herring

This Caribbean inspired dish contains an underrated ingredient – herring. Herring is considered an oily fish, similar to sardines and is a great source of omega 3’s. When you want to include more fish in your diet, but also want to save some money, opt for smaller fish like sardines, anchovies, and herring. Not only are they a healthy, sustainable option but they are also more affordable than salmon, shrimp and other seafood.

Caribbean Smoked Herring

Servings: 3
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ozs Smoked Herring Fillet
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 tsps Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Lemon (juiced)

Directions:

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add smoked herring and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the herring and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, onions, thyme and lemon juice. Cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Chop the smoked herring and add to the pan. Cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

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Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Kale

$3.25 per serving

Healthy $5 Dinners to Add to your Meal Plan This Week: Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Kale

Breakfast for dinner (otherwise known as brinner) is always a good idea. Not only is this dish easy to whip up, but it’s also wallet-friendly. Incorporating eggs into your meals is a great way to add protein and nutrients like B vitamins and minerals.

Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Kale

Servings: 2
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 2 cups Kale Leaves (chopped)
  • 6 Eggs
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the red bell pepper and kale leaves and sauté until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, crack the eggs into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Beat gently with a fork until well combined.
  3. Push the veggies to one side of the pan, and pour the beaten eggs into the empty side. Use a spatula to scramble, slowly incorporating the veggies once the eggs are no longer very wet.
  4. Divide between plates and enjoy!

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