Easy Nutrition on a Dime

Convinced you can’t eat healthy on a budget? Let us change your mind. Pair the recipes below with our tips and tricks for trimming the fat out of your diet and your grocery list for a meal plan that makes the most of every ingredient you buy.

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Orange Rosemary Roasted Chicken

3 Guiding StarsA little meat goes a long way. Pick up chicken on sale, cook it up using this recipe, and freeze it so you can add small portions of protein to round out meals that are focused on plant-based foods. (3 Guiding Stars)

Lentils with Carrots

3 Guiding StarsIf you’ve got some neglected lentils in your pantry and some carrots and onions kicking around, you’ve got a meal. Serve this cozy dish up with some bread and hot sauce and enjoy the cheap and healthy goodness. (3 Guiding Stars)

Beany Rotini

3 Guiding StarsConsider this more of a template than a recipe: it’s the perfect way to use up little odds and ends of veggies or canned beans kicking around your fridge. (3 Guiding Stars)

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

3 Guiding StarsThere’s a theme here: dried beans, legumes and pulses are inexpensive and easy to cook! Toss a few ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a steaming bowl of this winter classic. (3 Guiding Stars)

Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini

2 Guiding StarsZucchini is inexpensive and usually abundant…and there’s a good chance you’ve got most of the rest of these ingredients kicking around your cupboard. Pine nuts are a nice splurge, but honestly, toast up any old nut you’ve got on hand for a similar crunch. (2 Guiding Stars)

7-Minute Vegetable Soup

2 Guiding StarsNutritious, warm, filling, and no more involved than opening a couple cans. It’s not fancy, but it’s hearty and pretty easy to scrounge up from common pantry staples. Make it your own with your favorite spice or herb blends. (2 Guiding Stars)

Curried Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider

1 Guiding StarPork is one of the less expensive meats out there, making it a smart choice for budget-conscious food lovers. If you don’t have access to cider out of season, 100% apple juice will do just fine for you. (1 Guiding Star)