Make something to savor tonight, without breaking the bank. Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, shows three different ways to build affordable, substantial meals.
Mexican Skillet [$2.02 per serving*]
Beans are inexpensive, full of fiber, and a great way to add satisfying bulk to a dish. Dried beans may be the least expensive option, but canned beans save you time. Opt for no-salt-added varieties or rinse regular canned beans to lower the sodium.
Beef and Farrow Stew [$1.29 per serving*]
Go Whole Grain
Whole grains can stretch your dinner dollars. Consider products such as farro, barley, and bulgur wheat. Using such grains in soups and stews provides a filling meal that still meets your carb budget.
Flank Steak Stir-Fry [$2.97 per serving*]
Boost the Veggies
Diabetes-friendly vegetables help turn a small amount of meat into a substantial stir-fry. Substitutions are OK—use whatever nonstarchy produce is on special at the market. And don’t fear frozen veggies. Just thaw, wok, and roll.
*Price per serving is based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and price comparisons at two Midwestern grocery retailers. Pantry staples such as salt, pepper, flour, and spices are not included.