Cheap and Healthy $1 Meal Ideas You Need to Try

by Simplify

Frugal Fit Mom is back! Christine shares valuable insights into the challenges of eating well on the super-tight budget of just one dollar a day while grocery costs continue to rise. Here are Christine's best takes on making frugal, delicious, and nutritious meals.

1. Affordable Breakfast Ideas

Christine suggests exploring cost-effective alternatives to oatmeal, such as off-brand varieties. She also introduces the frugal breakfast option of eggs on toast, emphasizing that two slices of toast with scrambled eggs can be prepared for as little as 43 cents a day.

Eggs and toast: A combination that can't be beat!

2. Rice and Beans (with a Twist)

Christine provides versatile meal ideas like bean chili, refried beans, and combinations with rice, making the meals both hearty and economical. She also has a great recipe from the Dominican Republic using sautéed onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Yummy!

Dominican rice: Not your average bean dish!

3. Delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup

Christine shares a simple recipe for chicken tortilla soup, incorporating ingredients like onions, garlic, chicken broth, and spices. This flavorful soup is a budget-friendly option that can be easily prepared, making it an ideal choice for those seeking affordable yet satisfying meals.

Chicken tortilla soup: Filling and delicious.

4. Crusty No-Knead Bread

For those seeking affordable homemade bread, Christine offers a recipe for crusty no-knead bread. With just flour, yeast, salt, and water, viewers can create delicious loaves at a fraction of the cost of store-bought bread. A great combination of affordable, easy, and super tasty!


Although eating on one dollar a day may be challenging, it's definitely possible to create tasty and nutritious meals by utilizing budget-friendly ingredients and cooking techniques. Christine also encourages viewers to explore resources like local food assistance programs to make healthy eating on a small budget easier should you be eligible for them.

Let us know how you liked these recipes in the comments. Happy low-budget cooking!

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