Clean-ish eating. Def.: someone who follows “clean eating” perfectly will find some ingredient in this recipe that is not 100% clean. But the majority of the ingredients are real food. So in order to not upset people, -ish is added to the end.
Last night was spaghetti night. Spaghetti isn’t expensive normally but when you use jarred tomato sauce it’s not very nutritious. I tend to make my own spaghetti sauce, but now that I have limited funds my ingredient list needs to be shorter.
What you need: (makes 3-4 servings, unless you’re us- then it only serves 2…)
- 1/2 pound extra lean ground turkey (on sale, $4 for 1 pound)
- 2 1/2 Roma tomatoes (we bought 4 for about $2)
- 1/4 of a yellow onion (5 pound bag is only $3)
- 1/2 of a container of sliced mushrooms ($2 for the whole container)
- 1/3 of a box of linguine pasta ($0.99 for the box)
- splash of olive oil
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- clove of garlic
- italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper to taste
*Items without a price are items that are usually on hand in my household that can be used for a bunch of recipes. I highly recommend just keeping these items on hand to flavor any recipe. I am not counting these in the overall cost of the recipe.*
What you do:
- Get some water boiling to cook your pasta. Cook the pasta while prepping the rest of the meal.
- Chop up your onion and garlic. Set aside.
- Cut up the tomatoes. Set aside.
- In a pan, brown your ground turkey with a little bit of olive oil (essential if your turkey is as lean as the stuff I bought).
- Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to the ground turkey.
- Cook everything in the pan until the veggies are softened just a tad
- Add the tomatoes, and cook until the tomatoes start to release their juices.
- Add the cooked and drained pasta to the pan. This lets the pasta absorb some of that delicious liquid that has formed in the pan.
- Eat and enjoy your cheap and nutritious meal!
The price of that delicious pan of food comes out to about $5.08! That’s a lot of food, loaded with some good vegetables, for not a lot of money.
What other cheap and nutritious meals can you recommend?