Recipes for Healthy & Tasty Meals Under $3.00


Feeding a family on a budget is always a challenge, but you never have to give up nutrition or good taste to get a lower price. With careful shopping and a little planning, you can cook meals for your family that are tasty and great for their health, without breaking the bank.

Pasta Rustica

Brown 1/2 lb. ground beef or sweet sausage in a pan. Drain and set aside. Cook 1 lb. of any type of pasta you prefer. When the pasta is al dente, drain and return to pot. Add one chopped fresh green or red pepper, the drained meat and one can of generic marinara sauce. Heat thoroughly, letting the peppers cook until slightly softened. Serve with bread and butter.

Pizza Rolls

Thaw frozen bread dough. Cut a loaf into 8 equal-sized pieces. Roll out each piece on a floured board into a circle shape. On half of the circle, spread 1 tsp. of canned generic marinara, place 3 slices of pepperoni, 1 tsp. chopped ham or Canadian bacon, some chopped peppers and onions and 1 tbsp. generic shredded mozzarella. Fold over the other half on top, and seal the edges. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until brown. This recipe is also great for using up leftover stew to make pasties, or barbecue chicken meat shredded with cheddar cheese.

Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry any leftover green vegetables, or chopped peppers, celery and carrots, until slightly softened. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and soy sauce to taste. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped leftover chicken meat. Mix 1 tsp. cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water. Stir this mixture into the stir fry broth. Heat to boiling. The broth will thicken into gravy. Adjust the seasoning, and serve over rice.

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