Budget-Friendly Healthy Recipes

Healthy dinners don't have to break the bank — use budget-friendly ingredients and these recipes for low-cost, high-flavor meals.
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Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken

Dried oregano, garlic and lemon turn a simple salad into a Greek-inspired option for dinner tonight. Top the finished greens with grilled chicken for a complete meal.

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Aromatic Noodle Salad with Lime Peanut Sauce

Peanuts are high in good fat so sprinkle them on Ellie's favorite noodle dinner for added crunch.

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White Chili    

Ellie's heart-healthy chili combines ground turkey with white beans, peppers, onions and spices to make for an incredibly flavorful bite.

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Spinach and Egg Sandwiches

Eggs are a low-cost protein source. They're also full of vitamins A and D, plus omega-3 fats, making this easy breakfast-for-dinner meal good for your heart and your wallet.

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Skirt Steak With Roasted Root Vegetables

Skirt steak is known for its beefy flavor and low cost, but it can be bit chewy, so it benefits from a quick marinade before it's grilled.

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Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Pasta and canned beans are two inexpensive staples every pantry is stocked with. Bring them together for a simple yet hearty meal.

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Barley Risotto With Ham and Mushrooms

Stock your pantry for less by buying grains like barley, rice, quinoa and oatmeal in bulk — they'll cost much less than boxed versions. Use quick-cooking barley in this recipe for a comforting, risotto-style grain dish.

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No Guilt Caesar

Thought Caesar salad dressing was off-limits? Think again. Alton's version uses silken tofu to replace the raw eggs in Caesar salad dressing and can be made right in the blender.

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Four-Step Lemon-Onion Chicken

Melissa's easy chicken dinner is simple to prepare and packs in a ton of protein.

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Tropical Chicken Patties

Ground chicken pairs perfectly with a spicy pineapple salsa and checks in at an afforable $8 for four servings.

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