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Budget-friendly recipes

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Although our budgets may be tight, eating well can be achieved on a limited budget. At the moment, it’s best to focus on cooking easy recipes with simple ingredients. If you can, and you have enough ingredients and equipment, it is also worth cooking extra and freezing individual portions in case you get sick.

Looking for recipe ideas?

The following recipes are budget-friendly, nutritious and most of all, delicious.

What is a healthy recipe?

When looking through recipe books, online recipe sites or other sources of inspiration, use this quick checklist to help you find the healthier recipe options.

Look for recipes which are based on:

  • fruits and vegetables (cooked and salad)
  • lean meats, chicken, fish or legumes
  • rice, pasta noodles, breads and cereals (preferably wholegrain)


Queensland Metro South Hospital and Health Service

The nutrition team at the Metro South Hospital and Health Service (Queensland) have put together some budget-friendly, nutritious recipes:

Dietitians Association of Australia

The Dietitians Association of Australia have compiled a collection of Accredited Practising Dietitians approved budget-friendly recipes. See the collection here or try:

Kids in the Kitchen

Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to teach them new skills. Research shows that when children are involved with food, they are more interested in food and eat well. Wellbeing SA and CSIRO have partnered to inspire you and your children to cook quick, cheap and nutrient packed meals. Check out the recipe cards, or visit our YouTube page for step-by-step videos.


The team at LiveLighter have a great collection of healthy, budget-friendly recipes. Check out some of the pantry staple recipes including:

Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation have a great collection of recipes which use foods from the five food groups. See the collection here or try:

Wellbeing SA, CSIRO and the Dietitian’s Association of Australia have partnered to inspire you to cook quick, healthy and cheap meals.

Community multicultural recipes

Wellbeing SA has supported Multicultural Communities Council of SA to showcase some tasty multicultural meal ideas. You can find the cooking videos on our YouTube page and if you are inspired to make them yourself, the recipe cards can be downloaded below.

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