Healthy recipes on a budget

The best part of these options is that they are all budget-friendly, using simple and fresh ingredients.

Buy fresh vegetables that are in season and stick to satisfying staples.
Buy fresh vegetables that are in season and stick to satisfying staples.
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Budget-conscious meals are important for every family. It’s easy to get caught up in eating boxed meals and processed foods, since they tend to be less expensive than their fresh counterparts. But it’s time to trash the junk and treat your family to some Latin-inspired healthy recipes. The trick is to buy fresh vegetables that are in season and stick to satisfying staples such as beans and healthy starches in every meal.

Fish tacos are a great way to get your family to enjoy the nutritious benefits of fish without expecting them to eat a whole fillet. Tilapia is a great budget-friendly option . Marinate the fish in olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper for about 30 minutes. Saute it in a frying pan until it is brown and flaky.

With a fork, shred or cut the fish to add to your warm tortilla. Top tilapia with fresh-cut tomatoes, avocado cubes, and cilantro. For a different flavor, top the fish with homemade guacamole. Serve tacos with tortilla chips for a simple meal.

Chile verde can now be a quick and healthy family favorite. This recipe uses ground turkey instead of the traditional pork, which helps keep the meal healthy. Brown the meat with red bell peppers, onion, minced garlic, and a mix of cumin, cayenne pepper, and a dash of salt.

Once the meat is cooked , add a can of your favorite salsa and let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Pinto beans can be added to make the meal more filling. Top the chili verde with cheese and fresh cilantro and serve it with bread or rice.

Turn a traditional Mexican torta into a healthy meal by adding fresh ingredients and substituting beans for meat. Start your recipe with a whole grain baguette . Cut the bread and pull out most of the inside so it can be filled. Mash homemade cooked black beans with a fresh guacamole and lime juice. Spread the mixture inside the baguette and add shredded cabbage. Serve with fire-roasted corn.

Creating delicious meals for your family is easy with these healthy recipes. The best part of these options is that they are all budget-friendly, using simple and fresh ingredients. For nights when you don’t have time to cook a full meal, try some crock pot recipes.