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Earth-friendly recipes that won't break the bank

By Hilary Meyer, April 24, 2009 - 4:36am

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Eating a diet that supports a healthy planet is important to me, but sticking to my food budget is too. Eating green has a reputation of being expensive, thanks to the exorbitant prices we typically see at the local health food store, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Budget-friendly meals can also be sustainable and I like to buy produce that supports local farmers. Here is my favorite salad using locally produced greens and tomatoes (and it’s under $2.50 per serving):

Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette: This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing out the spicy notes of the arugula.

Here are a few other recipes I love that are cheap, kinder to the planet and help reduce waste:

Turkish Pasta with Bison Sauce (under $2.50 per serving): Sweet aromatic spices, cilantro, mint and lemon marry well with bison in this delicious pasta sauce.

Ranch Chiles Rellenos with Ancho Chile Salsa (under $1.00 per serving): Dark green, shiny poblano chiles are the traditional choice for chiles rellenos. They have great flavor, but may be too spicy for some tastes. Anaheim chiles are reliably mild substitutes. You can stuff chiles with almost anything: cheese, shrimp, smoked fish, tuna and sour cream, grilled vegetables or crabmeat. For a larger crowd, the recipe can be doubled. Serve the chiles rellenos with beans and rice.

Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch (under $3.00 per serving): This easy pizza-inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by selecting colorful varieties like orange and purple cauliflower—and don’t forget the dip! Keep ’em smiling with watermelon cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters...

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Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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