15 Really low budget meals if you’re feeling the pinch

Really low budget meals | Beanstalk Mums

This article about low budget meals was last updated in 2022.

It doesn’t matter how much you’re struggling with money, you still have to feed your family. But, when funds are low, it can be a real challenge.

You need to keep the costs down, while still producing something yummy, nutritious … and get the thumbs up from your kids.

We get it. It’s hard.

For this reason, we’ve put together a list of really low budget meals for if you’re feeling the pinch.

15 Really low budget meals for if you’re feeling the pinch

1. One Pot Sausage Bolognese

This one pot sausage bolognese is one of our fave low budget meals. It’s cheap, filling, and easy to prepare even if you’re in a rush (on the table in 30 minutes).

One Pot Sausage Bolognese | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Taste

2. Veggie Packed BBQ Meatloaf

Try this veggie-packed spin on the dinner staple next time you’re craving meat. The zucchini, carrots, pumpkin and extra lean mince make it healthier and more flavourful.

Low Budget Meals | Veggie Packed BBQ Meatloaf | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe Source: Celebrate Health

3. Baked Cheesy Meatballs

We absolutely love cheesy, filling low budget meals. This kid-friendly meatball recipe comes together in half an hour and costs next to nothing.

Baked Cheesy Meatballs | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Best Recipes

4. Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese

Sneak in some cauliflower in the mac and cheese for dinner tonight (we promise the kids won’t notice) if you want a cheap, tasty dish that’s easy to make and tastier than any boxed mix.

Low Budget Meals | Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Country Living

5. Veggie Filled Bolognaise Sauce

Here’s another one of those easy low budget meals that let you sneak in veggies without disappointing your children. Spaghetti just got healthier with finely chopped mushrooms, zucchini and celery.

Veggie Filled Bolognaise Sauce | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Stay at Home Mum

Super cheap meal ideas to feed your family

6. Easy Baked Bean Cottage Pie

Bean dishes are some of the healthiest low budget meals you can make. Even bean-haters will love you if you make this tasty spin on the cottage pie for dinner tonight.

Low Budget Meals | Easy Baked Bean Cottage Pie | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Taste

7. Spiced Veggie Rice with Poached Eggs

Jamie Oliver’s spiced veggie rice is not only cheap and yummy, it’s a dish you can serve all day. It takes less than an hour to make and is packed with flavour, nutrition and texture.

Spiced Veggie Rice with Poached Eggs | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Jamie Oliver

8. Cheesy Ham Broccoli Pasta

This affordable and super easy comfort meal gets a nutrition boost with broccoli florets. Cut the broccoli into really tiny pieces if you don’t want to scare away the kids.

Low Budget Meals | Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Pasta | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: BBC Good Food

9. One Cup Quiche

One cup low budget meals should be in every mum’s recipe box. Make this easy quiche in no time at all with pantry staples. Throw in your favourite shredded veggies for a healthier dish.

One-Cup Quiche | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Best Recipes

10. Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup is perfect when the days are cold and you want something hearty and full of flavour. Serve with chicken/meat or enjoy on its own. Also makes a great lunchbox soup.

Low Budget Meals | Vegetable Soup | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Kid Spot

Really low budget meals (cont.)

11. Peanut Butter Chicken

Low budget meals like this peanut butter chicken freeze well and make excellent brown bag lunches. The spice is just right and the taste is a crowd pleaser.

Peanut Butter Chicken | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: BBC Good Food

12. 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork

You need only three ingredients to make this tasty low budget pulled pork recipe. Cook in the slow cooker for six hours and serve on hamburger buns.

Low Budget Meals | 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Table Spoon

13. Beef Tortilla Stack

A stack of beef tortillas is always better than one tortilla. Make this cheap and tasty dish when your family is craving Mexican takeaway.

Beef Tortilla Stack | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Stay at Home Mum

14. One Pan Greek Risoni Tuna

Take a break from meat dinners with this easy and healthy one pan Greek risoni. It comes together in less than an hour with ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

Low Budget Meals | One-pan Greek Risoni with Tuna | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Taste

15. Cheesy Potato Zucchini Bake

Make low budget meals like this cheesy potato bake healthier with veggies. The three cheese mix perfectly masks the zucchini taste to please picky eaters.

Cheesy Potato and Zucchini Bake | Beanstalk Mums

Recipe source: Best Recipes

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