Healthy Gal: Healthy, Low Cost Spaghetti Recipe!

March 30, 2012

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!)

Ingredients:

  • (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

Directions:

   

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*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.

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