Clean Eating Your Way Through A Week For Under $60

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy and balanced meals does not have to break your budget each week. With a bit of planning and a little budgeting, you can be eating clean, wholesome and delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

The following recipes are going to show you that you can create delicious and clean easy meals in the kitchen for under a $60 a week budget, and we’re splurging! Perfect for students or professionals with a busy lifestyle and funds to keep on saving, because let’s be honest, every female needs a new pair of heels or a cute dress for Saturday night!

The following recipes are optional and can be broken down into a few simple steps. Remember creating simple and easy meals based around the same or similar ingredients will help you keep your grocery bill down and allow you to cook healthy and simple meals.

BREAKFAST IDEAS

Sweet or savoury breakfast? No worries at all! We’ve got you covered!

Low Carb Breaky Bowl

Packed full of sautéed vegetables and the protein hit of 1 egg, this delicious and clean breakfast is sure not to disappoint!

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Serves 1, approx. $1.65 AUD per batch – $1.65 AUD per serve 

Ingredients

  • Small handful baby tomatoes, halved
  • Small handful kale or kalettes (mix between kale and brussel sprouts, they taste amazing!)
  • Small handful mushrooms, halved
  • Small handful spinach
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil

Directions

  1. Place a large fry pan onto the stove and heat to a medium temperature.
  2. Once heated, add coconut oil or ghee and add in all vegetables first. You can keep them separate or mix them all together.
  3. Once vegetables are cooked, add them to a serving bowl or plate and fry the egg.
  4. Once the egg is fried, place into the bowl on top of the veggies and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy!

Blueberry Porridge

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • Garnish Ideas (optional)
  • Small handful of fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. nuts of any kind
  • 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut

Directions

  1. On a low to medium heat, place oats, blueberries, water and maple syrup in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 3-4 minutes. Keep an eye out for burning the base of the ingredients in the saucepan.
  3. Once cooked, place mixture straight into a bowl and top with garnish ideas! Enjoy!

LUNCH IDEAS

Salads are always best to plan ahead at the start of the week, that way your will use your most perishable items at the beginning of the week and have no food wastage. You can also add in some tuna, salmon or chicken and turn these salads into simple dinner meals as well!

Brown rice veggie bowl w/t beans, tomatoes, roast pumpkin, lettuce, purple onion and avocado + side of balsamic vinegar

One of my most favourite clean and delicious salad recipes!

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Serves 1 large serve, approx. $4.60 AUD per batch – $4.60 AUD per serve 

Ingredients

  • 100g brown rice, cooked as per packet instructions
  • ½ cup green beans, frozen
  • ¼ cup baby tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup butternut pumpkin, diced
  • 1 cup lettuce/spinach or rocket
  • ¼ purple onion, sliced
  • ¼ avocado, diced
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (depending on taste)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Optional – 2 tbsp. cottage cheese

Roast Pumpkin Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 210°C or 410°F
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place diced pumpkin pieces on the tray.
  3. Drizzle with coconut oil and season with salt and cracked pepper.
  4. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, turning the pieces at a 15-minute interval.
  5. Allow time for cooling.

Green Beans Directions

  1. While the pumpkin is roasting, place green beans into a small saucepan on medium heat and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce to low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Cool and set aside.

Constructing the Salad

  1. On a large plate add rice as the foundation of the salad.
  2. Add lettuce, beans, sliced onion, tomatoes, avocado, and pumpkin.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  4. Enjoy!

Rocket + chicken salad w/t tomatoes, purple onion, walnuts and cottage cheese + side of balsamic vinegar

Serves 1 large serve, approx. $5.50 AUD per batch – $5.50 AUD per serve 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size chicken breast
  • Seasoning of any kind (my favourite is Master Foods Seasonal)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 large handfuls rocket
  • 1 cup baby tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ purple onion, diced
  • Small handful walnuts or pepitas
  • 3 tbsp. cottage cheese

Roast Chicken Breast Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 356°F.
  2. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and place chicken breast on the tray.
  3. Season chicken breast with sesame seeds and seasonal powder and place tray in the oven for 20 -25 minutes. To check if the chicken is thoroughly cooked through, cut the piece in half.

Constructing the Salad

  1. On a large plate add the rocket as the foundation of the salad.
  2. Add sliced chicken breast and top with baby tomatoes, purple onion, walnuts and cottage cheese.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

Miso + Veggie on the Go Soup Jar

Miso soup has become my go-to snack to help cure hunger cravings! Packed in a jar, it is also great for on the go lunchbox ideas and travelling meals and only requires boiling water.

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Serves 1, approx. $2.75 AUD per batch – $2.75 AUD per serve 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. miso paste (store bought)
  • 1/4 cup shallots, sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, finely sliced or grated
  • 1 small baby bok choy, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. green peas, frozen
  • 500ml boiling water
  • Optional – pinch of chilli flakes

Directions

  1. Prep all the fresh ingredients together first.
  2. Add miso paste to the base of the jar. Now you can start layering the other ingredients.
  3. Add in peas, sliced bok choy, carrot and shallots.
  4. Place the lid on tight and keep in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
  5. To cook, simply add boiling water to the jar and thoroughly stir. Allow the soup to stand for ten minutes with the lid to steam the vegetables before eating.
  6. Enjoy!

Thai Green Curry + Rice Vermicelli Noodles on the Go Soup Jar

On the go soups in jars have become my go-to snack, especially over winter!

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Ingredients

  • 1 x baby bok choy
  • 6 x snow peas
  • 50g red capsicum, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp. green curry paste (store bought)
  • 1tsp. coconut milk powder
  • ½ tsp. chicken stock powder
  • 50g rice vermicelli noodles
  • 500ml boiling water
  • Optional – pinch of chilli flakes

Directions

  1. Prep all the fresh ingredients together first.
  2. Add green curry paste to the base of the jar. Add in chicken stock and coconut milk powder. Now you can start layering the other ingredients.
  3. Add in snow peas, sliced bok choy, capsicum and rice vermicelli noodles
  4. Place the lid on tight and keep in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
  5. To cook, simply add boiling water to the jar and thoroughly stir. Allow the soup to stand for ten minutes with the lid to steam the vegetables before eating.
  6. Enjoy!

DINNER IDEAS

Japanese Obento Bowl

This recipe came about from my serious sushi obsession. Recently I have tried my best to keep my eating out expenses very low and have found this dish simple and easy to create at home.

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Serves 2, approx. $10 AUD per batch – $5 AUD per serve 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked as per directions on packet
  • 1/2 small green cabbage, sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini, ends removed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 portion chicken breast, leave whole to retain moisture
  • 2 tbsp. cashews, crushed
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Seasoning for chicken (I like Master Foods seasonal brand)
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Optional – all-purpose seasoning for chicken breast

Directions

  1. Cook the rice as per directions on packet.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius and prepare a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Sprinkle chicken breast with seasonal and place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until the centre is tender and cooked throughout.
  4. Prepare a saucepan with hot water and bring to the boil.
  5. Cut broccolini ends and place in the water to cook for around 10 minutes until tender.
  6. Prepare another saucepan on a low to medium heat and add in the ghee and cabbage.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until cabbage is thoroughly cooked. In this step, it is best to keep a close eye on the cabbage as it can burn if let to long without stirring.
  8. Once the chicken is cooked, slice into tender strips and drain broccolini of water.
  9. You’re now ready to construct your bowl!

Constructing the Obento Bowl

  1. Add rice into the bowl as the base. Add chicken, cabbage, broccolini and avocado to the outer sides of the bowl.
  2. Add a drizzle of soy sauce in the middle and top with a lime wedge and crushed cashews!
  3. Enjoy!

Tip – if you’re feeling naughty, add some sushi mayo (kewpie!)

SNACK IDEAS

These cinnamon spiced raw carrot cake bliss balls taste amazing and are quick, simple and affordable to create at home!

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Serves 12 bliss balls, approx. $4.00AUD per batch or $0.33 per ball

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews or almonds
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Additional desiccated coconut for rolling

Directions

  1. Place ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Prepare a container with baking paper for ball storage.
  3. Once blended, roll into a bite size ball and then roll in additional desiccated coconut.
  4. Repeat rolling steps until the mixture is all rolled.
  5. Enjoy!

Recipe notes – If you are using almonds in place of cashews you will need to add around a ¼ cup of maple syrup to help bind the bliss balls.

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This amazing post was written by Brynley King from Going Coconuts. Check out her website & Instagram for more!
You can see the rest of our recipes here.

 

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