Cheap fills: 10 flavour-packed and healthy pulse recipes

Delicious, nourishing meals that won’t break the budget.

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Looking for healthy and delicious, family-approved, affordable dishes to please the entire crew? We’ve got you.

When it comes to cooking on a budget, pantry staples like lentils, chickpeas and green split peas are thrifty, healthy and versatile – the unsung heroes of the kitchen! Take McKenzie’s pulses and grains, for example. They can be used to create a multitude of easy dinners from soups to traybakes to an impressive Jambalaya that will boost your repertoire and are sure to become family favourites.

Here are 10 money-saving, mouth-watering meals to try that are tasty, nourishing and easy on your grocery bill.


Cheesy eggplant and lentil bake

This cheesy eggplant and lentil bake combines layers of eggplant, potato and lentils in a tomato sauce and a ricotta bechamel.


Pea and ham soup

Made with green split peas and ham hock, this luxurious tasting soup surprisingly comes in at less than $3 per serve – it’s the perfect winter warmer for those chilly days (and nights!).


Curried lentil cottage pie

This healthy twist on a classic is packed with vegetables and has a crunchy, sweet potato topping. It’s sure to become a weeknight favourite.


Power packed burritos

Adding chickpeas and black beans to these burritos brings extra health to your family table. Also great as a delicious topping on a jacket potato.


Curried lentil pies

Nothing says comfort food like a pot pie. These vegetarian dishes are the real deal, combining pumpkin and potato mash with lentils, herbs and spices.


Jambalaya with prawn and chorizo

This impressive one-pot dish takes just minutes to prep and cook and includes green split peas and red split lentils for a healthy boost.


Vegetable tagine with split peas

Pumpkin, squash, peas, beans and spices pack a flavour punch in this warming, mouth-watering tagine.


Lentil salad with beetroot and feta

Is there a more classic combo than lentils, beetroot and feta? This recipe uses French-style lentils, takes minutes to make and is less than $3 per serve. Très bon!


Lemon lentils

Packed with comforting flavours, this dish makes an enchanting side dish or a vegetarian main if you add a naan.


Korean beef bowl

Green and yellow split peas are a welcome addition to this traditional dish. Try BBQing the steaks instead of pan-frying for extra flame-grilled flavour.

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