Recipes

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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Banana Bites!

Healthy Gal has gone BANANAS (literally) and wants to share another frugally healthy tip with you for the Healthy Gal Series!

Did you know that bananas are a natural energy booster…yep, well they are! So, drop those $2.00 Red Bull Energy Drinks and go for a $.10 banana instead. That’s definitely frugal, right? That’s about a 90% savings…when else would you deny a 90% savings? Hmmm….. I’m guessing NEVER! I want to share a few interesting banana facts with you:

  • Bananas are a good source of vitamins A, B, and C!
  • Bananas are high in fiber making them an ideal remedy for constipation and an alternative to chemical laxatives.
  • Bananas are a natural source of potassium which helps to keep the body fluids and electrolyte balance in body cells and helps in regulating blood pressure.
  • Banana is a rich source of iron making it helpful for those with anemia.

So, I have a frugal healthy alternative to traiditional deserts. It’s actually a very simple idea. When I was pregnant with my son I couldn’t get enough sweets (maybe that’s why he is so sweet) I decided I didn’t want to gain 60 lbs. like I did with my daughter, so I decided to slice bananas up and freeze them. I remember laying in bed at night watching TV and sucking on my banana bites. They have a nice texture and dissolve nicely in your mouth. All you do is slice them up and lay them on a tray or plate in your freezer until they are hard. Scoop them in a bag and wa-la…your done!

         

The Bottom Line:

Bananas have about 72 calories and 0 grams of fat compared to a standard 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream that has 140 calories and 7 grams of fat! That’s half the amount of calories and 100% less fat!

  • Before you throw that banana peel away, here is another tip I learned from a friend of mine: Instead of using insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

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Go BANANAS…I dare you!

~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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Low Calorie/Low Fat Chicken Enchilada Casserole!

Guess who is here? HEALTHY GAL!! She wants to share with you a quick and easy, low calorie, low fat, super yummy Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe! Seriously, this takes very little work! Here is a list of what you will need:

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Large Can of Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 Bag of 2% Milk Cheese
  • 1 Dozen Corn Tortillas

1. In a crock pot: Place 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts with 1/2 large can of enchilada sauce. (I use Las Palmas, but you can use your favorite). Cook on low for 3 hours. Once the chicken is done, shred it using two forks by pulling the meat in oppostie directions.

2. Preheat your oven to 400°

3. In the bottom of a large 9×13″ casserole dish spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce to coat the bottom.

4. Begin layering your casserole. Lay one layer of corn tortillas, then some of the chicken mixture, and top with cheese. Continue alternating until you run out of the chicken mixture. I usually get 3 layers.

5. Top it off with the remaining cheese and bake at 400° for about 25 min.

 

A healthy dinner is served!

*I just wanted to share with you a few tips on how I stock up to make this meal the cheapest I can. I usually buy the boneless skinless chicken breasts when they are on sale for $2.00 or less per pound. I also stock-up on 2% milk cheese when I can get it for less than $1 (like this deal I wrote about at Target which you can still get!).

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