7-Day Meal Plan to Eat on the Cheap

By: Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D., C.D., Digital Meal Plan Editor

Eating healthy on a budget is easier to do when you have a meal plan and stick to it. We've done the planning for you and pulled together a week of absolutely mouthwatering dinners that use (and re-use) everyday ingredients in creative ways to make nutritious cheap meals without breaking the bank. With every recipe in this meal plan coming in under $2.00 per serving, you'll save some serious cash and still enjoy delicious, healthy meals all week.

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Day 1:

Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks ($1.56 per serving)

Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks: This slow-cooker chicken recipe makes a perfect alternative to standard tomato-based barbecued chicken. Both kids and adults will devour these drumsticks, doused in a honey-sweetened sauce spiked with orange, ginger and garlic. Serve chicken with steamed broccoli.


Day 2:

Red Flannel Hash ($1.07 per serving)

Red Flannel Hash: This vegetarian beet, fennel and potato hash recipe is a healthy and delicious side dish—top it with two fried eggs and it becomes a meal.


Day 3:

Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad ($1.84 per serving)

Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad: This delicious pasta salad recipe is made with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and chunk light tuna. Chunk light tuna is an affordable and healthy option, lower in mercury than white albacore tuna.


Day 4:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup ($1.59 per serving)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup: This healthy loaded baked potato soup recipe is inspired by the comforting flavor of fully loaded baked potatoes with bacon, Cheddar, sour cream and chives. To make a vegetarian version of this potato soup, omit the bacon and use "no-chicken" broth. Serve it with a green salad and crusty bread to clean up the bowl.


Day 5:

Spring Pizza ($1.67 per serving)

Spring Pizza: Forget take-out—this easy pizza recipe combines asparagus, chives and fontina cheese to make a delicious and affordable meal. Serve with baby greens tossed with vinaigrette.


Day 6:

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta ($1.91 per serving)

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta: This Cajun-style pasta use simple ingredients—lean chicken, peppers and onions—to make a zesty and satisfying dinner.


Day 7:

Kale & White Bean Potpie with Chive Biscuits ($1.59 per serving)

Kale & White Bean Potpie with Chive Biscuits: In this vegetarian white bean potpie recipe, kale and hearty white beans are topped with easy, homemade chive biscuits. If desired, add a little shredded Gruyère or Cheddar cheese to the biscuit dough.

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