I need cheap, healthy food ideas to make at home

Hey all… i need to use my money more efficiently. That includes food. I still tend to eat take out a bit, but not as much as I used to. 

Sometimes I’ll cook chicken/ some meat and veggies at night and will eat leftovers all week. I do oatmeal quite a bit for breakfast (although this week was bagels and coffee with very little time in the morning.)

I eat a lot of eggs and salad at night. I used to eat pb & j’s (or pb, banana and honey)  a lot but that’s a ton of sugar. 

Or a chicken breast sandwich with tomato and mayo.

And I’ve done protein shakes, though I just ran out of powder. 

Just reaching out to get some ideas of easy healthy things I can eat at home instead of eating out. 

It may be that I have to up my commitment and plan ahead better so I already have the right food home and time to prepare. 


  1. Crock pot shredded chicken or beef. Have made both recently. Yum. Very versatile. I tend to just bulk cook any type of protein I have a taste for at the moment, and use it to fix in salads.


  2. I think you’re doing just fine already with oatmeal, eggs, and salads. I have to cook when I have the kids, which means I go into complete lazy mode when I don’t and either go out or eat stuff that requires minimal prep, like yogurt, eggs, salads, and steamed veggies.

    I always have an almond milk smoothie with protein powder for breakfast.

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  3. Soups. Quick, easy and healthy if you just throw lots of veggies (add a large potato for extra creaminess) into some low sodium stock, boil for thirty minutes or so, season with salt/pepper/herbs etc and blitz with a stick blender. Portion it out, and have a bowl of that with a healthy-choice sandwich or salad, follow up with some fruit or a yogurt, and voila! Lunch.

    I would also second the crock pot option. You can prepare it in the morning before you start work, let it do it’s thing all day, and have a fresh hot dinner that evening, with plenty of leftovers. Make a couple of different things per week and freeze extra portions so you can have a choice of dinners if you want it on days you don’t cook.

    Also, try these for breakfast: https://deliciouslyella.com/2015/10/03/guest-recipe-blueberry-porridge-squares/ These are SO delicious, really easy to make, and healthy-ish too! I make them often. if you do make them, instead of greasing the tray with coconut oil as suggested, crumple a sheet of parchment paper, soak it under cold water and wring it out, and use that to line the tray. Makes lifting out the squares so much easier 🙂

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