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Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms

Our chicken piccata, served over whole-wheat pasta, has a rich lemon-caper sauce that's made with extra-virgin olive oil and just a touch of butter for flavor. If you like, you can use a mild fish like tilapia or even shrimp instead of chicken breast.

» Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms

Hawaiian Ginger-Chicken Stew

This chicken stew has a bold ginger-flavored broth and provides a whole serving of dark leafy greens in each bowl. We tried it with frozen chopped mustard greens (available in large supermarkets) and it was even quicker to prepare and just as delicious. Serve with brown rice.

» Hawaiian Ginger-Chicken Stew

Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat. Serve with coleslaw and guacamole.

» Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap

White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp Cheddar and onion makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling for this wrap. The tangy, spicy slaw adds crunch. A pinch (or more) of ground chipotle pepper and an extra dash of cider vinegar can be used in place of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and Tecate beer.

» Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap

Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

Diced eggplant turns tender and tasty sautéed with garlic and olive oil. Toss with fresh plum tomatoes, green olives and capers and you have a simple light summer sauce. We like it over angel hair pasta, but any type of pasta will work.

» Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

Spaghetti with Halibut & Lemon

In this delicious and simple pasta recipe, halibut is “cooked” ceviche-style in a zesty lemon marinade then tossed with warm spaghetti. While the fish marinates, throw together a salad for an easy and healthy dinner.

» Spaghetti with Halibut & Lemon


An easy way to save money is to eat fewer meals out and make more meals at home. Plus you’ll have greater control to create healthy, delicious meals. Your health and your pocketbook will thank you by making some of our healthy budget-friendly recipes for dinner. Each of these recipes can be made for $3 or less per serving, and we've included a variety of cheap dinner options, including budget-friendly chicken recipes, budget-friendly vegetarian recipes and more easy budget-friendly recipes.

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Do you realize that there are a lot of single middle-aged people trying to eat healthy within a budget, too. Your recipes may sound great for a family, but one person can't budget all those ingredients. How about a section for singles? I have just about given up meat, dairy, and desserts and still have a hard time with my $74 a month food stamp allowance.

Anonymous

09/25/2009 - 5:57pm

I would like to see more vegan recipes...I came to this site to see what you offered in that category...

—Sher, Monterey, TN

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 4:29pm

PLEASE! More delicious vegetarian recipes, especially in these tough economical times. Thanks so much!

—Tammy, Chandler, AZ

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 4:27pm

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