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Healthy Meals for $10 (or Less!)

You can feast on nutritious, delicious dishes without breaking the bank. Our experts show you how.


We demand a lot from our dinners: They need to be tasty, easy to make, and packed with important nutrients for a growing belly. Oh, and they to fit within a tight grocery budget. Sound like an impossible order? Not if you choose the right ingredients, says Sharon Richter, R.D., a nutritionist in New York City. By building meals around wallet-friendly ingredients, like beans and ground turkey, you can whip up a dinner that's nutritious, delicious, and convenient, too.

We challenged Richter and other culinary experts for dishes that meet these criteria—and cost less than $10. Read on for their mouthwatering recipes that are right on the money:

Barley Jambalaya

This flavorful meal from chef Sarah McKay of Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters is made simple by barley, a quick-cooking whole grain that’s high in fiber. The vegetables and lean turkey will keep you full for hours.

Serves 6


1 cup instant pearl barley

2 whole bay leaves

3 onions, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

1 bell pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon canola oil

4 ounces ground turkey

2 (14½-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, no salt added

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1½ teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. In a colander, rinse barley under cold water.

2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring barley, bay leaves, and 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to low and cover. Cook until barley is tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, pepper and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

4. Add turkey and cook until meat is brown, about 5 more minutes. Mix in tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a simmer.

5. Stir in spices. Cover and reduce heat. Cook at a low simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Add cooked barley and stir to combine. Add more water or broth if needed. Cook over low heat for another 5 to 10 minutes.

7. Remove bay leaves and serve.


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