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How to Prepare Healthy Recipes on a Budget

Enjoy healthy recipes that cost less than $3.00 per serving, and use these helpful budgeting tips when purchasing food.


  • Step 1: Eat fresh Eat fresh. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into every meal to provide the vitamins and nutrients necessary to protect your health. Preparing your own meals gives you control over what you and your family are eating and saves you money over eating out.
  • Step 2: Purchase generic Purchase generic brands or supermarket brands. Generic brands offer the same nutritional value as the name brands, and you can find them in the dairy, produce, frozen, canned, and bakery section.
  • Step 3: Make a corn salad with ham Make a corn salad with ham. Whisk the white wine vinegar, sour cream, paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large salad bowl. Add 8 cups mixed greens, 1 cup fresh or canned cooked corn kernels, a diced tomato, the croutons, and the ham, and toss to coat.
  • Step 4: Make avocado and white bean wrap Make an avocado and white bean wrap. Mash together an avocado and 15 ounces of white beans with fork in a bowl and mix in the cheese and 2 tablespoons minced red onion. Then whisk the canola oil, cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle chili, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in another bowl, and toss in 2 cups shredded red cabbage, 1/4 cup cilantro, and a shredded carrot.
  • Step 5: Assemble the wraps Assemble the wraps by spreading 1/2 cup of the bean mixture onto a wrap and topping it with 2/3 cup of the cabbage mixture. Roll it up and enjoy.
  • Step 6: Make artichoke and tuna salad Make an artichoke and tuna salad. Mix 1 cup chopped canned artichokes, the tuna, oregano, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup chopped black olives in a large bowl and serve it over a bed of lettuce. Eat healthier and have a longer, happier life.
  • FACT: The average ear of corn has approximately 400 to 600 kernels.

You Will Need

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Generic brands
  • 2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 c. reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. whole-grain croutons
  • 3/4 c. diced ham
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 4 8-inch whole-wheat wraps
  • or tortillas
  • 12-oz. can chunk light tuna
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh oregano
  • chopped
  • 1/3 c. reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Packaged fruit (optional)

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