We can’t deny how awesome food is, especially when it doesn’t break the seams on our pants or the bank! Eating healthy is a key staple to keeping your main engine (your fabulous body) running, but it can be hard to do when the cost of organic produce continuously seem to be shooting through the roof (have you seen the price tags at Whole Foods? We have…).
And let’s not even talk about eating out at a restaurant or grabbing fast food during lunch. Those $10 salad bowls definitely add up over time and contribute to one of your monthly expenses: food.
But then we found Budget Bytes. And oh, how we have fallen in love with this neat, coin tracking site.
You see, Budget Bytes takes the monetary pain out of eating healthy. Beth, the founder of the site, compiles recipes that includes both a list of ingredients and the total bill for your meal. Her posts provide a great snapshot of how far you can pinch your pennies to create some really savory meals in your own kitchen.
“As a food lover and a number cruncher I’ve decided that cooking on a budget shouldn’t mean canned beans and ramen noodles night after night,” Beth says in the about section on her site. “The recipes in this blog are SIMPLE, QUICK and SATISFYING. This blog will probably be most useful for those who do not normally cook or have been too afraid to try. I serve up the classics and show how easy, satisfying and inexpensive they can be.”
Before you go click and pin-crazy on Budget Bytes (trust us, you will), check out these five budget-savvy but body-happy meals to get you started.
1. Homemade Crepes
$1.24 recipe / $0.18 per crepe
If you can pull off this sweet treat, we’ll worship you forever. Get the recipe here.
$9.22 recipe / $1.54 each
This healthy way to chow down a pizza has us blushing for days. Get the recipe here.
3. Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo
$5.48 recipe / $0.69 serving
For those times when you’re feeling Italian and the boy’s over…. Get the recipe here.
4. Kale & Pasta Salad
$6.15 recipe / $1.03 serving
Don’t forget to eat your vegetables, mom says! Get the recipe here.
5. Strawberry Champagne Jello Shots
$10.93 recipe / $0.91 serving
It doesn’t have to cost a lot to get turnt. Get the recipe here.
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