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Cut cals and cost
Love to cook but avoid pricey ingredients? Get all your favorite foods for less calories and less cash by using these 7 mouthwatering and wallet-friendly recipes.
Fish Tacos With Sesame Ginger Slaw
Tilapia is a relatively inexpensive fish, and the tangy topping is made of condiments that won't break the bank. Plus, with plenty of filling fiber, you won't be sneaking up to the fridge for a midnight snack.
Ingredients: Tilapia fillets, cooking spray, salt, pepper, low-fat Greek yogurt, limes, dark sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger, honey, coleslaw mix, corn tortillas
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Grilled Jamaica Jerked Drumsticks
For about $1.50 per serving, you can savor this spicy, protein-packed entrée and still have a little extra cash to splurge on some plantains for dessert.
Ingredients: Medium onions, jalapeño, garlic, fresh ginger, salt, pepper, sugar, allspice, orange juice, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chicken drumsticks
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Photo: Charles Schiller
Pasta Salad With Eggplant, Zucchini, and Squash
Use fresh summer squash as a low-cal (and low-cash) way to brighten up this pasta salad. Olive oil and red wine vinegar add plenty of Mediterranean flavor, and the dish stays at about $1 per person.
Ingredients: Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, pasta, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, salt, pepper
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Spicy Margherita Pizza
With just five easy-to-find ingredients, you can whip up this cost-conscious recipe in 15 minutes. Made with hot chiles, arrabbiata sauce is a spicier version of marinara. It may be slightly more expensive than other sauces, but the flavor is worth it. Though this pizza is low-cal, it's a little lacking in veggies, so serve with a side salad.
Ingredients: Arrabbiata sauce, refrigerated pizza dough, shredded smoked mozzarella cheese, part-skim mozzarella cheese, fresh basil
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Photo: Charles Schiller
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Make this light, chic-looking recipe for a quick summer dinner. Not only is it packed with a delicious nutty flavor, but it will cost you less than $12. Now that's easy to digest.
Ingredients: Medium shrimp, rice vermicelli, Asian rice papers, chopped peanuts, fresh herbs, carrot, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar
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Seared Chicken With Avocado
Avocados are a little on the expensive side, but the rest of the ingredients in this recipe are reasonably priced. Plus, avocados add plenty of heart-healthy fats while bringing a rich and creamy texture to this easy chicken dish.
Ingredients: Blackened seasoning, skinless, boneless chicken breasts, olive oil, avocado, jalapeño pepper, limes, salt
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Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers
The sweetness of the mango and pineapple counteract the spiciness of the garlic and red pepper in this summer treat. It's a little low in calories, so serve over brown rice to make it a full, yet frugal meal.
Ingredients: Limes, olive oil, garlic, red pepper, medium shrimp, mangoes, pineapple, salt, pepper
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