Dinner

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Marinara Recipe!

Spaghetti squash is a great item to substitute for pasta! This week I learned a new recipe that was very simple and very good! I hope you like this healthy spaghetti squash chicken marinara recipe! Enjoy!

(This is what spaghetti squash looks like, just in case you didn’t know.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium or Large Spaghetti Squash
  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut into Chunks
  • 1 Large Can of Hunts Diced Tomatoes (You can also make your own. I use Hunts.)
  • 1 Green Bellpepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove all the seeds (like you would out of a pumpkin).
  • Sprinkle the inside with olive oil and seasonings if you desire. (I just used a little pepper).
  • Place both pieces face down on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 25 min. (or until you can easily poke a fork in the squash).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook the diced chicken breast in a little olive oil, with the garlic salt and pepper. Saute until the meat is fully cooked.
  • Add the large can of diced tomatoes and sliced green bell pepper to the chicken and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer until the bell pepper is cooked to your desire.
  • Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and rake the inside out with a fork.
  • Serve by placing the chicken marinara mixture over a bed of the spaghetti 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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Italian Bread Crumbs 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 making things myself instead of buying pre-packaged products. That pretty little packaging costs a pretty little penny (if ya know what I mean). One of the ways I make healthier meals is by using bread crumbs and baking things instead of deep frying. All you have to do is dip the food in whipped egg whites and then in the bread crumbs and bake it in the oven. It’s that simple! You can use bread crumbs as a filler in things like meatloaf, as a coating for fried food like home-made fish fingers, pork chops, goat cheese, eggplant parmesan or chicken strips, or as a topping to a baked casserole. The possibilities are endless!

Ok, so first thing I want to share is that many stores have a marked down bread section. If you don’t know where it is…ask (PLEASE ASK). Bread can be frozen and is something that often does NOT have coupons, so finding this spot in your store will soon be your best friend. And also ask what time/day they put the bread there. For example, I know my Ralphs puts bread on a rack in the hallway near the bathroom (haha..I know, nice place) every morning, so if I need a deal on bread, I go in the morning as early as I can get there. Remember when I gave you 3 Simple Steps to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Still Eat Healthy? This recipe adopts two of those ideas! Buy what is on sale and freeze fresh food.

I got the bread for these Italian bread crumbs for $.99 and made the equivalent to 3 canisters of store-bought bread crumbs. Ummm…that’s just $.33 per canister compared to about $4.00. HUGE savings!

Ingredients:

  • (1) Loaf of Sourdough Bread (you can also use whole wheat or whole grain bread, but I figure you are using so little by just dipping the food in the crumbs and you are already making it way healthier by NOT deep frying it. It’s your choice.)
  • (1) Tablespoon of Garlic Salt
  • (2) Tablespoons of mixed Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  • Toast the entire loaf of bread using your toaster or the oven (set at 400 degrees).
  • Place the bread in a food processor or blender and grind the bread down to tiny little crumbs.
  • Add the garlic salt and the mixed Italian bread crumbs and mix until well blended.
  • *You can add any additional seasonings you wish to add more flavor too.
  • 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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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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Healthy Petite Lasagna Cups Recipe!

I was browsing Pinterest one day and ran across this Petite Lasagna Cups idea. I played with the recipe (to make it healthier of course) and let me tell you… they are not only healthy, but they turned out yummy! Not to mention they are also super cute, and fun to make with the kiddos! These little individual lasagna cups are a perfect portion for kids and a good way to control your own portion size. I also found this less messy to make than regular lasagna (I don’t really like kitchen clean-up…can you tell?? I think I know it’s my least favorite part of cooking.)

Healthy, easy, and yummy recipes are possible EVEN if you are on a budget!! I got all these ingredients while they were on sale and since all of it can be stockpiled (because they are either canned, dry goods, or can be frozen) this meal only cost me $5.00 to make and I’ll have enough for 2 meals for a family of 4. Remember…planning ahead is the BEST way to save! Cheese, ground turkey (or beef), and wonton wrappers freeze well and are great to have on hand for quick and easy meals! I go hog wild when I find a deal on low fat 2% milk cheese or ground turkey. Remember the time I told you about the Jennie-O Turkey was on sale at Ralphs for $1.79 for a 1.25 lb. package? Well…I bought 10 of them and froze them because I knew that was the absolute LOWEST price I would get turkey for.

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!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Ground Turkey (You can also use 93% lean ground beef if you prefer)
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (You can also make your own. I use Hunts.)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dried Basil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded 2% Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • 24 Small Square Wonton Wrappers (Located near the tofu)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, onions and garlic and saute until the meat is fully cooked.
  • Add the jar of spaghetti sauce (or your own homemade sauce) and heat to a boil. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, oregano and basil. Mix well and set aside.
  • Spray a 12-cup cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray and place one wonton wrapper in each of the cups, pressing firmly to shape the wrapper to the cup bottom and walls.
  • Spread 1/2 your ricotta mixture on the bottom of each of the 12 cups bottom. Next, spoon 1/2 your turkey and sauce mixture evenly over the cups on top of the ricotta mixture you just placed in the bottom. Sprinkle each cup with mozzarella cheese.
  • Gently press another wonton wrapper on the top of each cup and repeat the above process using the remaining ingredients and topping each cup with a final layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 375 for 10 minutes (or until the cheese on top is melted)
  • Remove from oven and let them cool for about 5-10 min. Gently remove from pan and serve!
  • 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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Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe!

Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot for dinner tonight! So easy! If you are looking for a quick, no hassle, HEALTHY meal for dinner…try this recipe I got from my friend at Weight Watchers. It’s so yummy!

Healthy, easy, and yummy recipes are possible EVEN if you are on a budget!! I got all these ingredients while they were on sale and since all of it can be stockpiled (because they are either canned goods or can be frozen) this meal only cost me $4.00 to make and I’ll have enough for 2 meals for a family of 4. Remember…planning ahead is the  BEST way to save! Cheese and chicken freeze well and are great to have on hand for quick and easy meals! 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!

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) Can Chicken Broth (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1 (15 oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) Can Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 (4 oz.) Can Chopped Green Chilis
  • 1 (10 oz.) Package Frozen Corn
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions:

  • Literally put all the ingredients listed above in a crock pot (yep…just dump it all in) and cook it on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • After it’s done cooking, use two forlks to spread and shred the chicken right in the crock pot.
  • Top with healthy tortilla strips and 2% Milk (or reduced fat) cheddar cheese.
  • Enjoy!

Healthy Corn Tortilla Strips:

  • 8 Corn Tortillas (1 per bowl you will serve)
  • Pam Cooking Spray

*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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Healthy Baked Tostadas!

Healthy Gal has has tried out a new recipe and wants to share another frugally healthy tip with you for the Healthy Gal Series!

Did you know you can spray a corn tortilla with Pam or non-stick olive oil spray and place it on a cookie sheet and bake it in the oven? Well you can and guess what? It comes out just as crispy as if you were to deep fry it!! I was so shocked when my friend Candace told me about this alternative way of making tostada shells! So with that, I wanted to share with you how to make Healthy Baked Tostadas!

Ingredients:

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Lean Ground Beef, Chicken, or Turkey
  • Fat Free Refried Beans (black or pinto)
  • Reduced Fat (or 2% milk) shredded cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Other topping choices: Olives, Salsa, Avacado, etc.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray each tortilla with PAM or olive oil type nonstick spray. Place sprayed tortillas in oven and bake until crisp.
  • Meanwhile, heat refried beans and cook meat (if desired).
  • Remove crisped tortillas from the oven. Spread with refried beans and meat (if desired)
  • Top with shredded cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Honestly this was the easiest healthy recipe I have ever made! From start to finish it took about 20 minutes to prepare and have dinner on the table! The best part for me was not having a huge oil mess all over my stove from frying the shells in oil. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. It’s a new family favorite in my house.

*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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