Top Budget Recipes
We have been putting together some fabulous collections of recipes on the Pinch of Nom website, so here are our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes.
There are often questions to our Facebook group for recipes that fit a slimming plan on a budget, so we’ve decided to put some of our best money saving recipes together here.
Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes
Everyone looks for ways to cut the cost of their weekly shopping bill and thrifty meal ideas.
Buying fruit and vegetables that are in season is an economical way to get healthy foods in. You can also buy frozen fruits and vegetables.
The first dish for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes is a classic!
This Campfire Stew recipe has always been popular, even more so since we updated and improved the recipe last year!
You can pick up a piece of gammon for just a few pounds, combined with the vegetables and canned beans it goes a long way, so it’s great value for money.
Campfire Stew is one of those ‘chuck it all in’ recipes that is sooo easy to prepare.
A gammon joint, chop some fresh vegetables, add a couple of cans and some herbs. Bish, bash, bosh into the slow cooker. Job done!
It’s perfect for batch cooking, freezes well and is popular with the whole family.
A Spaghetti Bolognese is always a great choice on Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly, ideal for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes list. Now we’ve switched things up a bit with our fabulous new Bolognese Risotto.
This recipe uses all the flavours of a traditional Bolognese, but we’ve paired it with rice instead of spaghetti. This recipe is packed with vegetables, and you could add even more veg to make it go further.
This is another recipe that can be batch cooked in advance and frozen, great for making sure you’re prepared for the occasions when time is tight!
Caribbean Jerk Stew
Our delicious Caribbean Jerk Stew is worthy of a place in our list of Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes. It’s a deliciously filling, hearty meal which is packed with vegetables.
To keep the cost of the ingredients right down, we used Ox cheeks in this recipe. Don’t let the name put you off, they are a really inexpensive cut of beef with an amazing flavour.
Ox cheeks need to be cooked low and slow, which makes them perfect in this recipe!
Your local butcher will almost certainly be able to get them for you. If your local supermarket has a butchery counter, ask there. If you’d rather use a different cut of beef, try shin or skirt.
Turkey Ratatouille pasta bake
Here’s another winner for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes – Turkey Ratatouille Pasta Bake. Turkey is often overlooked as a meat that’s only eaten on Christmas day, but it’s an economical and low fat option for any occasion!
This recipe combines cooked turkey with pasta and vegetables for an easy pasta bake meal that the whole family will love!
It’s versatile too, as you can adapt the vegetables that are in the ratatouille to suit your personal tastes.
Potato, bacon and onion bake
Our Bacon, Onion and Potato bake is a great example for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget recipes. It’s a simple dish which tastes amazing and doesn’t need any fancy ingredients.
The main ingredients really are just a few spuds and some bacon! Add some seasonings, a splash of stock and a sprinkling of cheese and you have an easy, filling meal.
It’s been such a popular dish since we put it on the website, why not try it for yourself!
Dirty Rice/Cajun Dirty Rice
Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun/Creole dish made from white rice, a delicious variation on a traditional fried rice dish. We have two versions, the original Dirty Rice using pork mince and the Cajun Dirty Rice using beef.
Adding a clever combination of mince, vegetables and seasonings, this recipe is so tasty.
Farfalloni Con Fungi
We had to include our Farfalloni Con Funghi in our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes list because it’s just too good not to!
It’s an inexpensive and tasty way to feed the whole family. 5% Pork mince is readily available in the majority of supermarkets, and it’s usually cheaper than beef mince.
Farfalloni Con Funghi can be padded out with any vegetables you’d like to add, for example extra mushrooms or broccoli, so that it goes even further. It can be batch cooked and frozen, too.
Corned Beef Hash
The simplest recipes are often the best, and this Corned Beef Hash is real comfort food, using basic ingredients that give great flavour, perfect for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes.
We use the Princes lean corned beef, because it is reduced fat, only 370 calories for a 200g tin. The tin may look small, but it really does go a long way and will easily make a meal for a hungry family.
Our Corned Beef Pasties use it, too. If you haven’t tried those yet, you really need to, they’re fab!
Chicken fajita pasta
If you’ve had a roast chicken for Sunday dinner, it makes sense to use the leftovers in a recipe too. This Chicken Fajita Pasta is on our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes list as it’s a thrifty way to make a yummy meal!
By adding some simple herbs, spices and pasta to your chicken, you can change it completely and you’ve got yourself a tasty meal.
The best bit about this recipe is that you get all the fajita flavour without the calories, so it’s great for a filling dinner that’s perfectly on plan.
Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad
We’ve called this a salad, but it’s so much more and so Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is definitely one for our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes collection!
It’s full of vegetables and uses orzo pasta for a really filling and super tasty dish. You could enjoy this as a side dish, a snack or even take it on a picnic. You can also add a protein element, such as lean ham or chicken, to create a more substantial meal.
Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken
When a recipe brings you all the flavour of Nando’s, but at a fraction of the price, we had to have it on our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes list! Our Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken has all the taste, none of the excessive calories and is excellent value for money!
This recipe uses chicken thigh fillets, which are a great buy, along with some simple store cupboard ingredients, to create this amazing dish that’s packed with flavours that you’ll love.
So when you fancy a Nando’s, try the Fakeaway version instead. Your pocket will love you for it, and so will your waistline!
Nando’s Spicy Rice
If you’re making the Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken, it’s only right to make the Nando’s Spicy Rice to go with it! For this reason, along with the fact that it’s delicious and great value, we’ve added it to our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes list.
This rice dish is so easy to make and tastes fab. You don’t just have to have it with the Nando’s Peri Peri chicken, it also works really well as a side dish for lots of other meals, or how about on the barbecue table?
This is another dish that already has plenty of vegetables, but you can obviously add more if you’d like to!
Our Top Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly Budget Recipes round-up wouldn’t be complete without a snack or two, so we’ve included our Hummus recipes here.
Hummus is one of the easiest things ever to prepare, and it’s an ideal snack food to take to work, or to keep in the fridge to beat those evening munchies. Who’d believe you could make something so yummy from a can of chick peas or butter beans?!
My absolute favourite one of these recipes is this Beetroot & Mint Hummus. I usually have a container of this stashed in the fridge as it’s a great choice when you’re feeling peckish but it’s not time for dinner yet!
Plenty more to discover
Obviously, the recipes we’ve featured here are just the tip of the iceberg. We have hundreds of fantastic recipes over on the Pinch of Nom website, so why not head over there and check them out!