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Starting our married lives together as jobless students didn’t sound too glamorous, especially when it was possibly going to affect our food options.budget meals, cheap meals, budget friendly recipe, budget recipe, cheap recipe, quick and easy recipe, easy recipe, healthy recipe, healthy budget meals

Since we weren’t going to have an income for at least 9 months, my expectations were set extremely low for the food we would
be able to afford.

Now, I was willing to give up eating out, but there was no way I was going to cut out healthy food options from the grocery store.

I did not want to dine on Cup Noodles and TV dinners every night, but because of Evan’s awesome budget, we didn’t have to!

Amazingly enough, we were able to buy TONS of healthy and nutritious options!

What helped tremendously with our healthy eating was creating SUPER budget friendly recipes so our “food money” could be stretched as far as possible each month (because we are ALWAYS hungry).

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One of our absolute favorite recipes has been this Spicy Roasted Broccoli!

Evan’s not the biggest vegetable fan, and would only eat steamed broccoli every now and then just because it was healthy. After discovering how brilliant broccoli can be with this recipe, both of us hate going a night without it!

I’m not kidding, we could eat this broccoli, Every. Single. Day…(and we almost do).

It’s THAT GOOD. It tastes SO indulgent, but is unbelievably easy to make, healthy, and cheap!! (Everything we look for in a recipe).

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Just a fair warning, this broccoli recipe is SPICY! If you prefer more of a mild heat, I would suggest a mild or medium chili powder.

The measurements in this recipe are just a guideline.

We don’t measure out the spices, just generously pour them on (I’ve included a picture of how ours looks >) but we have put some “general” measurements to help make it a little easier.

Spicy Roasted Broccoli (Highly Addictive)


spicy roasted broccoli
Yield: 4

Quick & Easy Spicy Roasted Broccoli

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This broccoli is unbelievably tasty yet SO simple and budget-friendly to make! Best eaten right out of the oven, still delicious microwaved the next day.


  • 330 grams of broccoli (after broken up)/ 3 medium heads of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of hot chili powder (see notes)
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (adjust to your taste)


    1. Preheat oven to 425F
    2. Cover large baking sheet with tin foil (for easier clean up)
    3. Break apart broccoli into small florets (smaller than normal for a crispier finish, see pictures) and place on baking sheet
    4. Drizzle olive oil evenly, then use hands to toss (Or do this step in a bowl)
    5. Spread broccoli out evenly
    6. Sprinkle on chili powder, garlic powder, and salt to desired taste.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes
    8. Stir
    9. Bake for 5-7 more minutes. We usually take it out after the edges of the broccoli look crispy and brown.


  1. Get enough broccoli to cover the entire baking tray. It looks like a lot, but the broccoli shrinks while roasting.
  2. We use hot chili powder, but if you prefer a mild or medium spice, you can easily substitute this for regular chili powder.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 16gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g


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There you have it! An easy 20 minute, healthy, and cheap meal that tastes amazing! Let us know down below if you try it out!


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