Easy, Budget-Friendly Dinner 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.

Instead of resorting to fast and unhealthy meal options, why not try some of the following easy-to-make dinner recipes that keep your health in mind? In addition to being health conscious, these are cheap meal ideas that actually taste great.

Try one tonight and tell us how it goes!

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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 tsp. garlic powder
4 whole wheat tortillas
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
½ cup shredded Pepper jack cheese
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps

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.


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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


Bruschetta Chicken Bake

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.

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8 ounces pasta
2 tsp. olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup Parmesan cheese


Basil Chicken Pasta

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 and salt. 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.


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