5 Nights of Healthy Dinners for Less Than $35

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hi, friends!

I received a few emails from readers asking about healthy, quick meals that we make during the week now that we have a little one. We don’t have a ton of time to cook anymore, so these five dinners below have become our go-to favorites and appear quite often on our weekly menu. They’re awesome because you can throw them together in no time at all and most of them make enough for leftovers for lunch the next day.

5 Nights of Healthy Dinners for Less Than $35


Monday: Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts with Sausage

Tuesday: Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash

Wednesday: Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Thursday: Potato and Chorizo Dobladas

Friday: 5-Minute, Protein-Packed Vegetarian Stir Fry


  • 10 ounces Brussels sprouts – $2.29
  • 12 ounces of chicken sausage – $4.49
  • 5 wedges of The Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb cheese – $2.99
  • 1 16-ounce bag of frozen stir fry veggies – $1.89
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas – $0.69
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans – $0.69
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen shelled edamame – $2.49
  • rice (I used boil-in-bag brown rice) – $2.79
  • 2-3 medium/large sweet potatoes (approx. 2 pounds) – $1.98 ($0.99/pound)
  • 1 medium onion – $0.59
  • 1 pound ground turkey – $3.99
  • fresh spinach – $1.89 (8-ounce bag)
  • 2-3 medium russet potatoes (approx. 1.5 pounds) – $1.98 ($0.79/pound)
  • 15-ounces ground Mexican chorizo – $3.99
  • 10 6-inch flour or corn tortillas – $1.99

***Prices based on ones from Stop & Shop


  • soy sauce
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • cinnamon
  • garlic powder


  • I suggested an order in which to make these meals above, but feel free to switch them around based on your own personal preferences and time available during the week. The notes below are based off this order.
  • If you want to do all of your food prep in one day, say Sunday, here are some ideas to make mealtime more efficient during the work week: slice Brussels sprouts, slice and cook chicken sausage, chop sweet potatoes for hash, mash sweet potatoes for quesadillas, cook and mash potatoes for Dobladas. Everything else can be cooked or assembled fairly fast.
  • When you cook the Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash, be sure to save about 1/3 of the sweet potatoes for the Sweet Potato Quesadilla the next day.
  • If you decide to cook as you go (I know some people prefer freshly cooked meals), the Sweet Potato Quesadilla night is a good time to do a little food prep since this meal can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Cook the potatoes for the Dobladas and rice for the stir fry, so you can just throw together dinner for the next couple of nights.
  • You will probably have leftover black beans after making the quesadillas, so feel free to use them up by throwing some in the Dobladas and/or stir fry. Or nix buying the black beans all together and use some of the chickpeas (for the stir fry) in the quesadillas instead.

Happy eating!

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  1. Thanks for this post! Right now, I am menu planning for the week and have been trying to keep my grocery bills in check. I’m not eating meat or dairy these days, but am now inspired to see which ingredients can carry over from one meal to the next. Thanks and Happy Sunday!

  2. Great meals and a good post showing you can eat healthy (dinners/lunches) with little time and little prep! That Brussel sprout dinner with chicken sausage looks good. Must try!

  3. I love your Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash, and my kids love it too! I added some apples to the mix too (since we have way too many and don’t know what to do with them) and I use turkey sausage instead of ground turkey. One of our family’s favorite meals!

  4. I just wanted to say that the turkey sweet potato hash is SO GOOD! One of my good to recipes since you posted it awhile back.

  5. We love those dobladas…once I found a good chorizo. I have a quickie soup for you to try. I made it Sunday trying to use up the last of my farmers market veggies. I had 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 2 carrots, 1/2 of a red pepper, 1/2 head of broccoli, random green onions and leeks plus 1 small onion, I sauteed the onions in a bit of olive oil with minced garlic (seasoned with garlic pepper) until soft, added the other veggies (all quickly chopped) with 1 carton of chicken broth. Let that simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until the vegetables were cooked. I put in 3 wedges of Laughing Cow spicy pepper jack cheese and stirred to combine then I used immersion blender. I will have it for lunch all week..it turned out well.

  6. I have been poking around your blog trying to find where you mentioned that brown leather tote/purse you carry but have been unable to find it. Could you link it for me? I remember really loving it and now I am looking for a brown leather large purse. I like having lots of side zipper and slip pockets to keep things handy – does your bag have those things? It is holding up well?

  7. Thank you so much for these! I will be using them this week for our meal preps! I needed some cheaper options (but still packed with a healthy punch) due to the holidays coming up, and this is just perfect!

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