The grocery portion of a budget is one of the easiest places to overpend. Who can blame you We all love food. Hearty food, sweet food. It can be very difficult to resist.
But thoughtless spending on ingredients – even for homemade meals – can become a real drain on your wallet. One of the best practices for keeping grocery spending in check is by following a recipe or meal plan.
These six cookbooks offer healthy, affordable recipes that just you or a whole family can eat.
1. Good and Cheap: Eat good for $ 4 / day
Good and Cheap: Eat well for $ 4 / day by Leanne Brown sought to change the narrative of accessible healthy eating by not only offering tons of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, but also taking steps to ensure that families who can’t afford it Buy the cookbook and continue to have access to the recipes.
With recipes like banana pancakes, homemade calzones, and peach coffee cakes generally less than $ 2.75 per serving, both your stomach and your bank account will be happy. Every recipe contains the macronutrients – carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein – necessary for a wellness-focused diet. Plus, many of these recipes can be doubled up for a family-sized meal or kept in the freezer for later.
The cookbook in its entirety is available free of charge from the author website and has been downloaded more than 1 million times. In addition, for every copy bought, another one is donated to a family in need.
2. Budget Bytes: 100+ Easy, Delicious Recipes to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
Anyone who identifies themselves as a frugal foodie has likely stumbled Budget bytes in their searches. Beth Moncel, the founder of Budget Bytes, has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Her love for budget biting began more than a decade ago as a financially challenged young adult.
It was only a matter of time before Budget Bytes published its numerous recipes in a cookbook: Budget Bytes: 100+ Easy, Delicious Recipes to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half.
From Greek steak tacos to teriyaki salmon with sriracha mayonnaise, this book aims to fill the hunger and financial void of omnivores and herbivores alike.
3. Tasty Ultimate: How to basically cook anything
Tasty started out as a section of Buzzfeed devoted to fun, quick cooking videos. It has since grown into its own food empire.
With hundreds of recipes displayed on social media, the team behind Tasty has compiled the key skills required to be your own financially conscious chef Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything.
While this cookbook isn’t exactly a budget-focused recipe anthology, understanding the basics of cooking such as poaching, roasting, chopping, and grilling is necessary in trying to be less lavish in the kitchen.
4. College Cookbook: Healthy, Budget-Friendly Recipes for Every Student
Being a college student is tough enough financially without a large grocery bill adding to the stress. Tiffany Sheltons College Cookbook: Healthy, Budget-Friendly Recipes for Every Student enables young adults to take control of their money and wellbeing through smart cooking.
With convenience recipes like quick Mac’n Cheese and healthier dishes like homemade spaghetti and meatballs, that offers College cookbook is diverse enough to keep things interesting and at the same time accessible enough to be a breeze after a long day of class.
This recipe book also includes tips on budgeting, storing leftovers, and using the cooking utensils a student will likely have access to – a microwave, slow cooker, and toaster – to still prepare healthy, longing meals.
5. Frugal vegan
Veganism sometimes has a reputation for being inaccessible and unaffordable due to the unique ingredients commonly used in vegan recipes. Frugal vegan, by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee, takes those assumptions and tosses them out the window. Her cookbook is full of vegan recipes that are not only healthy but also affordable.
Beer-baked avocados and black bean tacos are high on the mouth watering list, but others like the crispy Thai salad and mini lime cake are tempting too.
Frugal vegan It also aims to educate readers by providing sections with tips on how to buy groceries smart, batch cooking and freezing, and how to buy organic on a budget.
6. Good cheap food
In another blog cookbook event Good cheap food focuses on both health and quality ingredients that home cooks won’t cost an arm or a leg.
Jessica Fisher, the founder of the Good cheap food Blog and the author of the cookbook of the same name found that she, too, wasted both hard-earned money and ingredients in the kitchen. Since then, Fisher has created fiscal-savvy recipes, meal plan worksheets, and even time management planners to keep your pennies where they belong – in your wallet.
The Good cheap food The cookbook contains tempting recipes like soft garlic and herb pretzels, tortellini and chickpea pasta salad, poblano chilli enchiladas and much more.
Kristin Jenny is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.
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