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52 Ingenious Ways To Eat Healthy On A Budget

For happy wallets and heavy plates.

Chances are, for these past few months — or years — you've been cooking more than usual. That's why you'll love these smart, realistic, and creative recipes that prove cooking on a budget can actually be satisfying and delicious.

1. Vegan 3-Bean Chili

2. Egg Pizza With Scallions

Pizza with sunny-side-up eggs on it

3. Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala with naan on a plate

4. Taco Pizza

5. Bacon and Egg Toast Cups

Bacon and Egg Toast on a plate

6. Baked Eggs With Roasted Vegetables

Baked Eggs With Roasted Vegetables in a baking pan

8. Caprese Grilled Cheese

Caprese Grilled Cheese halves on a plate

9. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl

10. Dal

Curried lentils in a bowl with naan

11. Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burger with a sesame seed bun

12. Caprese Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Three pieces of grilled chicken topped with mozzarella, tomato, basil, and balsamic drizzle

13. Tuna Melt

Tuna melt with potato chips on a plate

14. Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken

15. 20-Minute Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice with black sesame seeds in a bowl

16. Classic Chicken and Avocado Burritos

17. Rice Bowl With Fried Egg and Avocado

Rice, fried egg, and avocado in a bowl

18. Bibimbap

Rice, shredded veggies, and mushrooms on a plate

19. Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia With Veggies

Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia With Zucchini in a roasting pan

21. Creamy Tomato Shells

Creamy Tomato Shells in a bowl

22. Chicken Pesto Bowl

Chicken Pesto Bowl

23. Zucchini Corn Quesadillas

Zucchini Corn Quesadillas on paper

24. One-Pan Pizza Chicken

One-Pan Pizza Chicken on a plate

25. Super-Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad

Greek-type salad on a plate

26. One-Pot Caprese Chicken Pasta

Caprese Chicken Pasta cooking in a large pan

27. Vegan Creamy Kale Pasta

Vegan Creamy Kale Pasta in a bowl

28. Greek Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

29. One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese

Close-up of Bacon Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese

31. Chicken and Mandarin Salad With Simple Sesame Dressing

Chicken and Mandarin Salad With Simple Sesame Dressing in a large bowl

32. 5-Ingredient Coconut Curry

5-Ingredient Coconut Curry in a bowl

33. Garlic Butter Capellini Pomodoro With Shrimp

Garlic Butter Capellini Pomodoro With Shrimp in a bowl

34. Vegetarian Sheet Pan Zucchini Parmesan

Close-up of Garlic Butter Capellini Pomodoro With Shrimp on a fork

35. Vegetable Enchilada Casserole

Vegetable Enchilada Casserole

37. Amazing Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

Turkey tacos

38. P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

39. Orzo With Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Close-up of Orzo With Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers on a plate

40. Creamy Pappardelle Al Limone

Creamy pappardelle in lemon sauce

41. 5-Ingredient Thai Green Curry

42. Lemon Parmesan Risotto With Peas

A bowl of pea risotto

43. Sausage and Creamy Cajun Orzo Skillet

A creamy orzo skillet with sausage

44. Pasta e Ceci (Italian Chickpea Soup)

Pasta and chickpea soup

45. 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup

46. White Bean and Artichoke Basil Toasts

47. Portobello and Poblano Fajitas

Poblano and mushroom fajitas

48. Spicy Lentil Nachos With 3-Cheese Sauce

Spicy Lentil Nachos With 3-Cheese Sauce

49. Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins

Close-up of Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins on a rack

50. Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce on a plate

51. Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Beans on a plate

52. Grilled Cheese and Cream of Tomato Soup

Grilled cheese beside a bowl of cream of tomato soup on a wooden board

This article contains content previously curated by Hannah Loewentheil, Jesse Szewczyk, Marie Telling, Melissa Jameson, and  Ailbhe Malone. It was compiled by Lavanya Narayanan.