Staying within a grocery budget is a good exercise anytime of year. These five dinner recipes from the EatingWell Test Kitchen helpfully watch the budget for you: all cost less than $3 per serving. They also prove that a meal made with less-expensive ground beef or sensible chicken drumsticks is an option that doesn’t leave you feeling deprived. And when you play up pasta or potatoes at the center of a meal instead of meat, you naturally save money. I’ll spend less than $12 to make four generous Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes; with just six ingredients (not including salt and pepper), there’s not much to buy and just a little prep to do. That’s good, because the less time I spend at the store, the less I’ll be tempted to stray outside my renewed resolve to shop smart and eat (well) within my means.
—Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor
Spinach Ravioli with
For this light vegetarian ravioli recipe, we combine gorgeous long ribbons of zucchini with spinach-and-cheese-stuffed ravioli and a light cream sauce for a satisfying vegetarian pasta dinner.
Drumsticks & Potatoes with Mojo Sauce
Roasting chicken and potatoes right in the same pan is a great shortcut for a busy night. While you make this healthy roast chicken recipe, whir up a quick batch of this tangy Cuban mojo sauce for drizzling and dipping.
Whole-wheat tortillas are filled with smoky bacon, earthy chard and zesty Monterey Jack cheese in this quick, healthy quesadilla recipe that you can cook all in one skillet.
Sausage & Peppers Baked
This healthy baked ziti recipe doesn’t require any chopping and is made on the stovetop, so it is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Using whole-wheat pasta adds fiber; opt for penne if whole-wheat ziti is hard to find.
Asparagus & Ham Stuffed
Asparagus adds a touch of spring to this overstuffed ham-and-cheese twice-baked potatoes recipe. Use another vegetable, such as broccoli, if you prefer.