As we all transition from the extra expense and calories of celebrating the holidays into the belt-tightening (in more ways than one) of the new year, nutritious recipes that are easy on the budget are worth their weight in gold…or coins, at any rate. This roundup is easy on the wallet and the waistline, but doesn’t skimp on flavor for a minute. Enjoy this jumpstart for a healthier new year!
The ingredient list may look long, but don’t let it phase you: the ingredients here are not expensive, they’re available in the Mexican section of most grocery stores and they come together quickly into a filling, delicious meal that will feed your family for a couple meals.View recipe »
Vegetables can be much most cost-effective per serving than meat. Add to that the likelihood that vegetables are what you struggle to get enough of, and you’ve got a great reason to make veggies the main course and meat the side. Have extra of one veggie or another in your pantry? Toss ’em together with this sauce and enjoy!View recipe »
You’ve got leftover pumpkin (and the usual spice-spects) that probably shouldn’t be made into pie. You’ve got oatmeal in your pantry because it’s a good staple to have on hand. You’ve got most of what you need to put together a delicious, affordable gourmet-tasting oatmeal for a Saturday morning. No time to cook? Go ahead and toss the ingredients in a slow cooker, cutting the liquid by about a third, and let it go overnight.View recipe »
The art of taking leftovers and turning them into a new, equally appealing meal is a skill worth developing whether you’re a home cook on a budget or the head chef of a gourmet restaurant. This pasta salad is a good inspiration to get you started playing around with odds and ends that need using up to get the most out of every ingredient you purchase.View recipe »