How to Eat Better on a Budget

Check out a few of Food Network's favorite lighter recipes that won't break the bank.

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans; Ellie Krieger

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts kicked off their Waste Not … episode with a look at new ways to stretch your dinner dollar and take advantage of your freezer and pantry for budget-friendly fixings. While your New Year's resolution for healthier eating in 2015 may have led you to the grocery store for seemingly necessary specialty ingredients, believe it or not, you don't have to spend a lot to prepare lighter recipes. It all comes down to stocking your kitchen with good-to-have staples like a mix of whole grains and canned beans. Check out Food Network's 14 Musts for a Budget Pantry, then read on below for some of Food Network's favorite healthy dinners that won't break the bank.

Made with only a handful of ingredients, this recipe for easy-to-prepare Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and White Beans (pictured above) suggests roasting tomatoes and garlic until soft and sweet, and letting them shine in place of a traditional tomato sauce. For extra heft, Ellie Krieger adds cannellini beans to the pasta, plus sprinkles of fresh basil and nutty Parmesan cheese for flavor.

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Food stylist: Jamie Kim Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

If you thought steak couldn't be part of a healthy — or budget-friendly — dinner, think again, because Food Network Magazine's Skirt Steak with Roasted Root Vegetables (pictured above) is surprisingly light and easy on your wallet, as skirt steak is a cost-effective cut of meat. This garlic-and-herb-rubbed steak is made entirely in the oven, so it's a year-round favorite that can be on the table in only 40 minutes.

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Food Styling: Jamie Kimm Prop Styling: Marina Malchin

Let the machine do the work of making this warming Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. Just a few strips of lemon zest add bright citrus flavor to this dill-laced soup topped with tangy feta.

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