Cook an easy, budget-friendly dinner tonight with these 3 healthy recipes

It’s often tempting to pop a frozen pizza in the oven or to make macaroni and cheese for the entire family when days are busy. But rather than resorting to the fast yet unhealthy meal options, why not try some of the following healthy and easy dinner options? In addition to being health conscience, these are cheap meal ideas that are easy to make. You will be smiling when you have more free time at night, and when your kids are satisfied with their meal.

Southwestern beef and bean burger wraps

In less than 30 minutes you will have prepared a meal from Eating Well that both kids and adults will enjoy. The ground beef and tortillas are budget friendly, and taste great when served alongside a green salad.

Ingredients

12 ounces of lean ground beef
1 cup refried beans
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
½ cup salsa
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 whole wheat tortillas
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
½ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Directions

Position oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler pan.

Combine ground beef, beans, cilantro and jalapenos in medium bowl. Shape into four 5-by-2 inch patties and place on pan covered with cooking spray. Broil the patties for approximately 12 to 14 minutes or until the center is 165°F.

Meanwhile, mash avocado, salsa and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place tortillas on a surface, spread with guacamole then sprinkle with lettuce and cheese. Top each with a burger and roll into a wrap.

Bruschetta chicken bake

This Weight Watchers-inspired recipe has only 300 calories per serving. But even better, each serving costs less than a dollar! What a way to save money when cooking for the family.

Ingredients

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
½ cup water
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into pieces
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 cup part-skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Stir together tomatoes with liquid, garlic, stuffing mix and water until stuffing is moist, and then set aside.

Arrange chicken in a single layer in a 13-by-9 baking dish. Top evenly with basil and cheese, then top with stuffing mixture. Bake about 30 minutes until stuffing is browned and chicken is fully cooked.

Basil Chicken Pasta

This budget recipe from Serious Eats comes in at 350 calories per serving with a little under 10 grams of fat. The recipe is convenient and flexible, and it yields lots of leftovers. Try this recipe the next time you want a tasty and filling dinner for the entire family.

Ingredients

8 ounces pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, chicken, basil, salt and hot pepper sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture is hot and tomatoes are soft.

Toss sauce with hot cooked angel hair pasta to coat. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

What recipe do you think you’ll try for dinner tonight?

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