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.

17 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This giant sausage roll and spicy homemade baked beans are easy to make and perfect for sharing - great for students on a budget

50 mins
Easy
15 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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9 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A midweek budget supper of roast chicken wings with homemade chips and Cajun spices

55 mins
Easy
32 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Add some veg to pasta and pesto for a cheap, healthy springtime supper dish

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
27 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Get four of your 5-a-day in one vegan dinner! This easy recipe is healthy and gluten-free, and provides calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
27 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A super simple pasta supper that uses budget offcuts of fish with just a little heat, flavoured with fresh citrus and herbs

20 mins
Easy
14 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Spiced lamb and chickpea patties with yogurt, coriander and salad make the perfect filling for flatbread

35 mins
Easy
59 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Start the day in a superhealthy way with energy-boosting oats and fresh fruit

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
87 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A healthy one-pan traybake with garam masala, turmeric, ginger and garlic – lightly spiced and ideal for a family supper

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Use up a few storecupboard staples in this bulgur wheat salad packed with dried fruit, nuts and herbs

40 mins
Easy
29 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Pittas bursting with homemade falafels and salad make a low-fat lunch or light supper for less than a pound per serving

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A simple, budget pasta dish with a touch of chilli, squeeze of lemon and fresh basil. Add a drizzle of oil and sprinkling of feta cheese to serve

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
44 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This healthy burrito bowl is chock full of veggies and greens, perfect for a filling lunch. This is one vegetarian meal that tastes just as good as it looks

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
41 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This super-satisfying, vegetarian bean burger makes a cheap and easy after-work meal for all the family

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
30 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Use up leftover chicken in these easy toasted wraps, filled with spiced Mexican-style rice and beans. Swap for ham, beef or pork if you prefer

1 hr
Easy
922 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

The perfect party cake, a Victoria sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love. Makes an easy wedding cake, too

1 hr
Easy
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