Chicken drumsticks on white platter on blue table

Summer budget recipes

Save some cash this summer with our top selection of affordable meals. These cheap recipes include fresh salads, light pasta, burgers and fruity puddings.

12 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This recipe makes a wonderful dinner or lunch on the go. Make sure to chill the rice and chicken as soon as they're cool, then pack into containers

40 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
16 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A satisfying vegetarian salad of contrasting flavours and textures. The salty cheese is cooled by crisp, sweet watermelon

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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16 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy our hot and spicy chicken drumsticks with homemade slaw on the side for a healthy and low calorie supper. Serve with steamed corn on the cob

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
34 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Serve our speedy pork souvlaki skewers when you’re in need of a quick and easy midweek meal. Serve with flatbreads and yogurt and chilli sauces on the side

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
16 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This storecupboard fish stew is bulked out with bread and is full of fresh, summer flavours

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this vibrant lemon curd and passion fruit tart as an easy dessert or sweet treat. Its tropical flavours make it perfect for summer

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy a slice of lemon curd and orange cake for elevenses or afternoon tea. Top with flaked almonds and lemon zest and serve with a cuppa

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
39 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This thrifty traybake sponge used canned fruit and coconut yogurt. Cut into squares and serve up at a party or cake sale

50 mins
Easy
35 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve this healthy bowl of pasta topped with cherry tomatoes for a quick and easy midweek meal. It's tossed with broccoli pesto, and takes just 25 minutes to make

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
682 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A healthy burger that's filling too. These are great for anyone after a satisfying bite low in calories.

16 mins
Easy
Vegan
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Pack all five of your 5-a-day into one healthy vegan dish. Flavoured with garlic, lemon and herbs, it's delicious griddled on the hob or cooked on the barbecue

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
11 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

When the kids have friends over, this stack of ribs and spuds is a cheap, crowd-pleasing, prepare-ahead option

2 hrs and 50 mins
Easy
14 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make these tasty vegan tacos with a smoky-sweet salsa and pack in all of your 5-a-day in one meal. Kiwi brings a moreish, fruity dimension to the salsa

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Roast up courgettes and aubergines with plenty of garlic then serve with penne, crispy bacon, sweet basil and lots of cheese

45 mins
Easy
36 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
30 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Top high-fibre porridge oats with creamy Greek yogurt and healthy blueberries – buy frozen to help cut the cost of this filling breakfast

10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Give homemade biscuits a fruity spin by sandwiching a layer of apricots in between two layers of buttery tray-baked shortbread

45 mins
Easy
9 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

Roast cheap chicken wings and frozen corn cobs with honey, peanut butter and sesame seeds for perfect party food on a budget

55 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Expect requests for second helpings of this decadent dessert! Bake raspberry doughnuts with fresh custard, lemon curd and raspberries

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
106 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Stir parsley pesto through brown rice and top with onions, peppers, courgettes and chunks of halloumi cheese for a filling vegetarian dinner

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
41 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

These storecupboard chipotle patties are not only thrifty, they count as four of your 5-a-day allowance of fruit and vegetables.

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
148 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

High in fibre, low in fat and counting as 2 of your 5-a-day, this tasty veggie burger delivers on every level

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Use up leftover ratatouille to make a substantial vegetarian lunch that's quick to prepare and also super healthy, providing all five of your five-a-day

13 mins
Easy
Healthy
99 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This alternative pasta bake is great for making in batches- assemble the layers of mascapone, chicken, basil and butternut then freeze or bake

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
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