Budget-Friendly Diet Recipes


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At less than $2 a serving, who can resist these delicious dinners for you and your family that will have you losing weight without busting your wallet? Try them today.

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
Cost: $1.63 per serving
Makes: about 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes for filling, about 3 minutes per quesadilla
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Spicy Sloppy Joes
Cost: $1.87 per serving
Makes: 6 sandwiches
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
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  • LACEYB315
    Look yummy! - 10/10/2011   4:16:27 PM
  • 11
    Looks good; now I just *have* to Paleoize the recipes LOL - 10/7/2011   3:06:12 PM
  • 10
    Thanks for reminding me that English muffins are a wonderful substitute for rolls. I never like the mass of dough in rolls, but I tend to forget about English muffins. The sloppy joes, with ground turkey instead of beef, will be on next week's menu. - 10/5/2011   11:05:26 AM
  • 9
    I substitute using items when I can like using ground turkey, cheaper than ground beef. I plan meals around what I have in the cabinet and purchase items that are on sale, using store ads, and coupons to help stretch things a bit farther. I will purchase as many as a dozen of an item if it is an excellent price. Soups and stew are great for using up small amounts of leftovers. Baking an entire chicken and made homemade chicken salad out of the leftovers too. Turkey is not just for the holidays either, you can make so many things with turkey, don't take my word for it, try it yourself! - 10/4/2011   8:53:15 PM
  • 8
    I'm still mentally adjusting to the idea that under $2 for one serving is budget friendly. My tight budget was $10 a week TOTAL to feed TWO people 3 meals a day so a $2 meal was way beyond what we could afford then. - 10/4/2011   3:33:53 PM
  • 7
    In the fall I love making homemade soup with lots of veggies for my family. I love sloppy Joe's too but have not had one in years. Thank you for sharing all these great ideas. - 10/4/2011   10:49:50 AM
    I find homemade soup to be a good way to get good nutrition on a low budget. Dried beans, lentils, or peas go a long way in preparing lots of different meals - with or without meat.

    Of course, the best budget booster is to EAT LESS!

    Those sloppy Joe's look awfully good too! - 10/4/2011   10:31:39 AM
  • ALYSSA40
    These foods look great. I may try them but I don't like to cook much anymore. - 10/4/2011   9:45:12 AM
  • 4
    Oooh, love the idea of sloppy joes on an English muffin! They're so much heartier than a squishy hamburger bun, and there's always at least one grocery store offering a deal on them. - 10/4/2011   8:58:33 AM
  • 3
    Can't wait for the cookbook to get here! Looking forward to plenty of delicious recipes! - 10/4/2011   7:31:38 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Cannot wail to get the SparkPeople Recipe Cook Book that came out to day. - 10/4/2011   6:25:17 AM

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