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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


Enjoy these healthy budget-friendly recipes for under $3 per serving.

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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Healthy Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

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This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of...
Here we mellow broccoli rabe's bitterness just a bit...
Here we take the elements of a vegetarian lasagna filling—...
Ma Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Sichuan province of...
This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils...
White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp...
Curry powder gives this pea and potato croquette recipe...
Diced eggplant turns tender and tasty sautéed with garlic...
Here farro stands in for rice in a risotto-like dish, full...
Huevos rancheros or “ranch eggs” is a classic Mexican dish...
This delightfully easy, and somewhat messy, sandwich packs...
This easy pizza-inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make...
In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens,...
Here we toss rice noodles with crunchy vegetables, fresh...
This grilled eggplant dip recipe is a lighter take on baba...
This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy...
This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the...
In this easy appetizer recipe, olives are marinated (...
Originally prepared in the wood-burning hearths of Italian...
This healthy tomato soup recipe is a blend of two Tuscan...
In this healthy vegetable chowder recipe, heavy cream is...
This simple pasta recipe is one of the best ways to enjoy...
For this healthy and quick pasta recipe, corkscrew-shaped...
This potato and kale hash recipe is just as fun to make as...
In this Italian stuffed eggplant recipe, fresh breadcrumbs...
In this sautéed butternut squash recipe, vinegary,...

Healthy Budget-Friendly Chicken Recipes & Budget-Friendly Turkey Recipes

Here's our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can...
Sweet Hungarian paprika gives this creamy braised chicken...
Braising chicken in vinegar and herbs is a very popular way...
Our chicken piccata, served over whole-wheat pasta, has a...
Here we combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with...
In this healthy chicken with red pepper cream sauce recipe...
Mustard and thyme flavor chicken and veggies in this easy...
This delicious Chinese-inspired salad is crisp, crunchy and...
This cheesy, saucy one-pot pea and chicken stew reminds us...
Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken...
The sweet and tangy lime-honey marinade is simmered on the...
This chicken stew has a bold ginger-flavored broth and...
Make a perfect summer supper: grill spice-rubbed chicken...
Orange marmalade and freshly grated orange zest make a...
Fresh apricots, white wine, apricot preserves and tarragon...
This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a...
We pack extra vegetables into this cheesy baked rice...
In this whole grilled chicken recipe, a vertical grilling...
In this healthy broccoli-Cheddar-chicken chowder recipe,...

Healthy Budget-Friendly Pork Recipes & Budget-Friendly Beef Dinners

Sautéed onions, prosciutto and fontina cheese flavor this...
Sliced almonds add a delectable, almost-like-fried-chicken...
Do you like bacon cheeseburgers? Try this healthy meatloaf...
This boldly flavored spin on Hoppin' John replaces...
“Jerk” isn't Jamaican for “as hot as you can stand it...
An adaptation of the Andalusian dish fabada, this pinto...
Turn your dining room into a French bistro when you dress...
Pork shoulder is an inexpensive and juicy cut that lends...
Fresh corn, diced deli ham and crunchy croutons are tossed...
The subtly sweet peanut sauce blends deliciously in this...
Traditional braises usually call for the meat to be browned...
Inspired by Middle Eastern shawarma sandwiches, here we...
Fennel-crusted pork chops with a warm citrus-and-fennel...
We love the flavor of wild mushrooms with seared spice-...
The classic Cuban sandwich inspired this recipe. The...
Sweet aromatic spices, cilantro, mint and lemon marry well...
Crunchy broccoli slaw—available in most supermarkets near...
This healthy meatloaf recipe and side dishes are all made...
A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy...

Healthy Budget-Friendly Seafood Recipes

Tomatillos provide a distinctive tart flavor to a super-...
Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery...
Green beans add snap and color to the garlicky shrimp and...
This version of tamales, made into a casserole rather than...
This scallop-studded quinoa salad gets an exciting texture...
This delightful Italian salad recipe brings together...
This classic Italian pasta recipe for bucatini (spaghetti...
In this classic Italian pasta recipe, anchovies are mashed...
In this delicious and simple pasta recipe, halibut is “...

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