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:
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.
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.