It almost seems like ease, cost, and health are a you-pick-two sort of conundrum when it comes to dinner. If you opt for quick dinner ideas that are easy and doesn’t cost a fortune, you’ll likely sacrifice health and good quality food. If you choose something both healthy and affordable then you might end up spending a few slow hours in the kitchen. At the end of the day, all you really want is something quick and inexpensive that somehow gets your child (and maybe you) to eat your vegetables. Here are a few cheap, healthy and quick dinner ideas that do just that.
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7 Cheap, Healthy And Quick Dinner Ideas
What better recipe for the summer than fish taco bowls? With a quick cook time of 25 minutes and a short list of healthy ingredients, these bowls are full of veggies, grains, and protein- a well-rounded meal all in one delicious bowl. The good thing about these is that you can make a few pieces of fish spicier for you and others who might want more of a kick while keeping some cod spice-free for the younger taste buds.
Beef & Broccoli (from Damn Delicious looks exactly that!)
A quicker, cheaper, and healthier option than take-out. With a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 10 minutes, you and your little ones will be eating restaurant quality food in the time it would take to pull yourselves together and get in the car to drive to the Asian place down the road.
This recipe is broken down by cost per item and, though this varies depending on where you are, the total cost comes out to about $5. For the whole dish, which is six servings. So essentially this is a very affordable, very fast (25 minutes) way to put a colourful tasty dish on the table. For a bit more protein, mix in some sauteed meat or tofu.
Loaded baked potatoes and Mexican food. Two beautiful things that don’t necessarily fall into the healthy category. But when the potato is a sweet potato, full of rich nutrients and packed with flavour, and the Mexican food is a healthy, hearty blend stuffed into the potato, a great partnership is born. Potatoes need to cook for a bit longer so this one takes a bit more prep time, but still not much effort at all. Leave out chipotle peppers for a spice reduction.
Fried rice or quinoa is a great go-to for busy nights or for when you need to do something with some leftover vegetables in your fridge. If the rice or quinoa is pre-made, this meal can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes. Either way, it’s a quick dinner idea and easy crowd-pleaser with lots of versatility. Choose quinoa for a grain full of protein or feel free to mix in a protein of your choosing.
A lettuce wrap is basically a taco without the carbs. These wraps can be whipped up in 20 minutes or less and are bright, crunchy, and refreshing summer recipe to add to your repertoire.
A curry recipe that bulks up on the veggies to keep the calories low but doesn’t dare sacrifice on the flavour. From start to finish the whole thing takes about 40 minutes and it can be paired with brown rice or quinoa for even more added health benefit, opposed to the traditional white rice.