18 Meal Preps Under $5 per Serving

One of the reasons many people get into meal prepping is to save money. A recent study suggests the average American spends around $13 on lunch 5 days per week by eating fast food or at quick restaurants. Let's be honest, $13 for lunch is probably on the modest side compared to some people's spending habits. That's around $65 per week and $260 per month. If you could have the same meal, or better, at even $5 per meal that would only be $25 per week and $100 per month. That would be a savings of $40 per week and $160 per month. That's huge! In order to help you get on track with your finances by making quality meals for meal prepping that you and your entire family will enjoy, we have put together a simple list of 18 recipes under $5 per serving!

Beef & Vegetable Fried Rice

The versatility of Ground Beef has made it one of America’s all-time favorite go-to cuts. From burgers to lasagna, tacos to meatloaf, pasta sauce to wraps, Ground Beef offers quick, easy and delicious options for any meal and any occasion.

(Carbs: 46g - Protein: 32g - Fat: 11g) 

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Simplify prep and clean up with these sheet pan chicken fajitas and let the oven do all the work. They're ready in a flash and great for all kinds of diets!

(Carbs: 11g - Protein: 38g - Fat: 8g)

Breakfast Taco Bowls

No need to wait for lunch to enjoy taco flavor! These breakfast bowls are chock full of protein and hearty air-fried potatoes to start the day off strong. 

(Carbs: 24g - Protein: 40g - Fat: 24g)

Cajun Stuffed Peppers

These spicy, Cajun-style stuffed peppers are high protein, high fiber meals with staying power. Paleo-compliant and zero added sugars make this recipe ideal for Whole30 lifestyles.

(Carbs: 20g - Protein: 27g - Fat: 22g)

Chicken Zucchini Burgers

Ground chicken makes a great alternative for these paleo and whole30 compliant Chicken Zucchini Burgers. High protein. Gluten Free. 

(Carbs: 55g - Protein: 40g - Fat: 15g)

Taco Seasoned Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Hash

This one-pan sweet potato and ground beef hash is full of protein, fiber, and vitamins to start the day off right. Seasoned with taco seasonings and served with salsa, you don’t have to wait until dinner to get your taco fix!

(Carbs: 23g - Protein: 38g - Fat: 23g)

Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables

This easy to make sheet pan teriyaki chicken and classic sides really come together and packs in the flavor thanks to its delicious, homemade teriyaki sauce! Plus, it’s gluten-free compliant!

(Carbs: 51g - Protein: 40g - Fat: 7g)

Vegetarian Chorizo & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

You won’t miss the meet with this smoky and spicy vegetarian stuffed peppers! Chewy quinoa and soy chorizo provide hearty texture along with fire roasted corn for a southwestern inspired dish that feeds hunger without a ton of calories.

(Carbs: 57g - Protein: 14g - Fat: 14g)

Sheet Pan Chicken & Asparagus

This sheet pan chicken and asparagus are perfect for your weekly meal-prep as well, because it tastes great no matter if it’s hot or cold!

(Carbs: 9g - Protein: 30g - Fat: 11g)

10-Minute Chili

It doesn’t get any easier than this! Keeping a recipe on hand for 10-Minute Chili Meal Prep makes for a fast and easy Sunday meal prep, a quick 10-minute weeknight dinner, or even a fast game day meal. Paleo. Gluten-free. Whole30. 

(Carbs: 7g - Protein: 23g - Fat: 18g)

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Bursting with classic BBQ flavors that taste (and look) like it was just freshly grilled, you’ll love this easy, oven-baked BBQ chicken and veggies meal prep recipe! 

(Carbs: 53g - Protein: 38g - Fat: 26g)

One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Satisfy your cravings for a bacon cheeseburger in a comforting pasta dish with this easy One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta recipe. Perfect for a weeknight dinner that the whole family will love.

(Carbs: 63g - Protein: 43g - Fat: 41g)

Sweet & Sour Mushrooms

This vegan twist on an Asian takeout favorite lets mushrooms do the heavy lifting for a hearty texture and dose of antioxidants with bell peppers and fresh pineapple!

(Carbs: 76g - Protein: 11g - Fat: 9g)

Garlic & Herb Chicken Drumsticks w/ Patty Pan Squash

This One Pan Garlic and Herb Chicken Drumsticks With Patty Pan Squash meal prep recipe is full of rich, buttery herb flavors with both the drumsticks and patty pan squash cooked in a single pan.

(Carbs: 7g - Protein: 29g - Fat: 24g)

Mexican Zucchini Boats

These Mexican Stuffed Zucchini Boats, aka Taco Zucchini Boats are a delicious and healthy twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.

(Carbs: 22g - Protein: 38g - Fat: 20g)

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Soup

The slow cooker does the work in this high-protein beef and cabbage soup. Full of vegetables and fiber-rich brown rice, this soup is a complete meal with plenty of servings for easy reheating on busy days!

(Carbs: 44g - Protein: 33g - Fat: 13g)

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Mini Bell Peppers

Mini peppers are stuffed with high-protein Buffalo chicken in this low-carb snack. Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise add a rich creamy texture, while hot sauce adds a spicy kick! They're like stuffed pepper sliders.

(Carbs: 8g - Protein: 15g - Fat: 22g)

BBQ Pulled Mushrooms

These barbecue pulled mushrooms are a meatless way to enjoy the sweet and savory smoked flavor of barbecue. Served over rich polenta with a side of creamy coleslaw, this recipe is sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

(Carbs: 60g - Protein: 8g - Fat: 15g)

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