20 Budget Friendly Meal Prep Recipes

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Hello friends! Today I will be sharing with you my top 20 budget-friendly meal prep recipes.

Meal prepping is a great way to plan out your meals for the week so you can save time and money.

Meal prepping can be expensive if you choose to buy everything fresh but follow my steps and you can meal prep on a budget!

This list is full of recipes that are easy to make and super healthy.

Budget meal prepping can be very helpful as you’ll no longer need to worry about what you’re going to eat for the week, plus you’ll save a lot of money as well!

If you’re ready let’s begin!

20 Meal Prep on a Budget Recipes

1. Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

Chicken homemade teriyaki with rice and veggies will become your family’s new favorite!

This is a perfect dish to make once and have multiple meals.

For chicken teriyaki recipe here

2. Fall Harvest Meal Prep Bowls

Gluten free Fall Harvest Meal Prep Bowls are similar to Sweet Green’s fall harvest bowl with chicken, sweet potatoes, apples, feta cheese and a maple tahini dressing.

For this fall harvest meal prep bowl recipe here

3. Chicken Sausage Pasta Meal

15-Minute Chicken Sausage Pasta Meal Prep Bowls are a super quick and easy gluten-free meal prep solution!

A healthy, low calorie meal that’s also high in protein, fiber and flavor.

For this delicious chicken sausage meal prep recipe here

4. Thai Chicken Grain Bowl

Easy Thai Chicken Grain Bowl drizzled with a Creamy Peanut Dressing.

These Grain Bowls are filled with veggies, Thai flavors, 17 grams of protein and come together in 15 minutes.

For this easy chicken grain bowl recipe here

5. Smoky Chicken and Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato

Smoky Chicken and Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Meal Prep is an easy, delicious, filling, and healthy daily lunch or dinner.

For this smoky chicken with roasted potato recipe here

6. Healthy Chicken Fajitas Meal Prep

This delicious and easy Healthy Chicken Fajitas Meal Prep is a low carb, high protein, and high fiber chicken meal prep recipe you’re gonna love.

Bonus: this chicken meal prep on a budget is just 455 calories and is a great meal prep on a budget since each serving costs just $3.37!

For this budget chicken fajita meal prep recipe here

7. Spicy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowl

This is a quick high protein vegetarian meal prep recipe for those who love spicy food.

This high protein meal prep bowl is full of fiber, and fats making for a filling lunch or dinner meal.

For this chickpea budget friendly meal prep here

8. Chicken Meal Prep With Brown Rice

Chicken meal prep with brown rice is one of the easiest, healthy, budget friendly recipe.

Everything fixed in 30 minutes.

For this chicken with brown rice recipe here

9. Ground Turkey Stir Fry

This super easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry is a delicious and versatile answer to busy weeknight dinners.

Try the suggested variations to make it your own!

For this ground turkey meal prep recipe here

10. Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetable

These Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables are an easy sheet pan meal with a smoky homemade vinaigrette that gives an extra blast of flavor.

Here for this roasted sausage and veggies recipe

11. Cajun Chicken Thighs Meal Prep

Full of flavor, crispy skin, and tender meat, this Cajun Chicken Thighs Meal Prep is going to make lunches way more fun!

For this cajun chicken meal prep recipe here

12. Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Peppers are an easy, healthy and super delicious dish that is perfect for dinner.

They are stuffed with brown rice, ground turkey, onion, garlic and are one of the most satisfying meals we have ever made.

Here for this turkey stuffed pepper recipe

13. Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad

This southwestern chopped chicken salad is going to be your new favorite work lunch!

Prep ahead on the weekend and when you’re ready to serve, drizzle with ranch and sprinkle with tortilla strips.

For this southwestern chopped chicken recipe here

14. Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry is better than takeout, and the perfect meal prep idea.

You probably already have the sauce ingredient on hand too.

For this cashew chicken stir fry here

15. Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

Teriyaki Meatball Bowls include fragrant jasmine rice, tender pork meatballs, homemade teriyaki sauce, and broccoli florets for an easy meal prep friendly meal!

Here for this delicious meal prep recipe

16. Beef Stir Fry

This is the EASIEST Beef Stir Fry recipe, with a 2-ingredient stir fry sauce.

You likely already have all the ingredients you need, too!

Here for this budget friendly meal prep recipe

17. Italian Sausage and Veggies

This One Pan Italian sausage and veggies is loaded with nutritious and good-for-you ingredients.

Smoked sausage, veggies, and an Italian-inspired seasoning.

Here for this Italian sausage and veggies meal prep

18. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls

Quick, easy, and totally flavorful, these chipotle lime shrimp bowls contain just the right level of adobo spice and honey to sweeten up meal prep.

Here for this super delicious Chipotle shrimp

19. Beef Lo Mein Meal Prep

This Beef Lo Mein Meal Prep is delicious and easy to prepare in just 20 minutes, so you can enjoy homemade meals throughout the week!

For this Beef lo mein here

20. Meal-Prep Shrimp Taco Bowls

Insanely delicious spicy taco spiced shrimp bowls loaded with cheese, black beans, corn, brown rice and tomato.

Make a week’s worth of lunch in under 30 minutes.

Shrimp tacos on a weekday just happened. Lighter, healthier, and tastier than ever before

Here for this meal prep shrimp taco recipe

21. Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls

Closeup view of Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls on a wooden board.

These pepperoni pizza crescent rolls are the perfect appetizer or main dish.

Ready in 30 minutes and the perfect kid-friendly snack.

Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rolls Recipe

22. Crescent Dogs

Closeup of Crescent hot dogs on a wooden plank with red ripe mini tomatoes on the vine.

Crescent rolls envelop hot dogs in a savory, flaky crust.

This easy 3 ingredient recipe is a family favorite, ready in under 30 minutes!

Recipe for Crescent Hot Dogs

Budget Friendly Meal Prep Recipes

20 Budget Friendly Meal Prep Recipes, including chicken meal prep, salmon meal prep, beef meal prep and vegetarian meal prep.

20 Budget Friendly Meal Prep Recipes


  • Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
  • Fall Harvest Meal Prep Bowls
  • Chicken Sausage Pasta Meal
  • Thai Chicken Grain Bowl
  • Smoky Chicken and Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato
  • Healthy Chicken Fajitas Meal Prep
  • Spicy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowl
  • Chicken Meal Prep With Brown Rice
  • Ground Turkey Stir Fry
  • Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetable
  • Cajun Chicken Thighs Meal Prep
  • Turkey Stuffed Peppers
  • Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad
  • Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
  • Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
  • Beef Stir Fry
  • Italian Sausage and Veggies
  • Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bowls
  • Beef Lo Mein Meal Prep
  • Meal-Prep Shrimp Taco Bowls


  1. Pick your favorite budget friendly meal prep recipe.
  2. Have all ingredients ready.
  3. Enjoy a delicious and healthy meal prep with family and friends.

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