Healthy Budget Meals

Save your waistline and save on cash at the same time – healthy family meals that will fill you up without breaking the bank!

With the growing cost of groceries, many families are concerned that feeding their family healthy meals can be a balancing game between choosing nutritious food and maintaining their budget. So why not cook your comfort favorites the skinny way and save on grocery bills in the process?

In this segment, which aired on Saturday, September 13, 2008 on ABC’s Eyewitness News, Jennifer showcased four healthy and fast budget recipes that feeds a family of four.

Recipes Covered in Segment

Browse the following recipes covered in the segment, and be sure to download & print a copy for your files!

  • Pasta Bolognese
    Everyone loves Italian and here’s an inexpensive way to feed the whole family- make it whole grain pasta and turkey for a lighter meal that still has a rich taste. The sauce cooks in 30 minutes and can be made ahead.
  • Tacos
    Make your taco meat ground turkey and add grated carrot and tomato for extra flavor and nutrition. Buy grated part-skim mozzarella in bulk- it is the most versatile cheese and you can use in almost any recipe and is several grams lower in fat than cheddar. Great way to use up left over cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and extra salsa that lingers at the bottom of the jar.
  • Mac and Cheese with Chicken
    Mac and Cheese doesn’t have to be dripping in fat. My secret ingredient is skim milk and reduced fat cheese – both add plenty of protein without a racking up the fat. I add a piece of cubed cooked chicken to make is a full meal. Sprinkle with whole wheat breadcrumbs and serve with a side of broccoli – dinner is ready to be served!
  • Cream of Tomato
    Everyone loves soup and sandwich – but making it yourself can be inexpensive and a lot healthier. Make a low-cal tomato soup 1-2-3 with canned tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and a spoonful of sour cream – you can even make this in a blender. Homemade tomato soup doesn’t have all that corn syrup, preservative and sodium that comes in the pre-made canned soup – it’s also ¼ the price.


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I just wanted to say, please don’t ever stop this web site or your recipes. I love your recipes and so does my husband. He never eats veggies or fruits. He is a total meat and potatoes guy and he loves these recipes. Thank you so much! I cannot thank you enough. I really love your recipes and cannot wait for new ones to be posted.

    Thanks again!


  2. Hey Jennifer – yet another classic and exciting post. You cannot post fast enough for me. Great job. I look forward to coming here everyday and seeing what is new.

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