Healthy Low Cost Spaghetti Recipe!
You DO NOT have to sacrifice healthy eating just because you are on a budget! I live on a budget everyday and I am a HUGE avid healty, clean eater!
One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by replacing expensive meat products with vegetables or beans. Let’s be honest, vegetables and beans are about 1/3 the cost of meat (comparing both on sale). So, yep…you bet I use a LOT of vegetables and beans in my meals. With this recipe, you can substitute the vegetable (zucchini squash) with nearly any vegetable…broccoli, yellow squash, etc.
This entire meal cost me $3.59 TOTAL and it’s enough to feed a family of four (and you will even have enough leftover marinara sauce that you can use to make Healthy Pizza! I bought the zucchini squash and Hunts tomatoes at the $.99 Only Store (YEP, I sure did…I love that store) and I got the organic whole wheat pasta on sale at Albertsons for $1.00 (when it goes on sale like that, I buy 6 boxes and stock-up so I never have to pay full-price!)
- (2) Large Zucchini Squash (or 2 cups of any other vegetable of your choice)
- (1) 12 oz. Box of Whole Wheat Pasta
- (1) Large can of Crushed Tomatoes
- (1) Small can of Tomato Puree
- (1) Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 Tablespoon of Pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the two cans of tomato products, Italian seasoning and 1/4 tablespoon of pepper and heat to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Cut the zucchini squash in round slices.
- In a large skillet add the olive oil and zucchini squash and sprinkle the garlic salt and 1/4 tablespoon pepper. Saute over medium heat until cooked to your liking (I prefer them to be a little undercooked….al dente).
- In a large pot, cook the whole wheat pasta. When it’s done, drain the water from the pasta and drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta and mix it.
- *Pasta Tip: Do not rinse pasta with water…it prevents the sauce from sticking to the noodles. Instead, use olive oil. It won’t do that and it will keep your pasta from clumping together.
- Serve your dish by placing some noodles on a plate, topped with your marinara sauce and then the zucchini squash.
*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.