Friday, April 30, 2010

Eat Well for LESS

Think healthy food is expensive - or boring? Here are two ideas that will change your mind!

Stuffed potatoes (Serves 4, $1.75 per serving)

From your pantry
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder

On your shopping list
4 large russet potatoes
1 cup part-skim ricotta
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained

Bake potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour or until soft. Remove from oven and carefully slice each potato in half. Scoop insides into a bowl, setting skins aside. Mash potatoes with a fork. Combine with ricotta, Cheddar, spinach, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spoon potato mixture back into skins. Warm in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Chicken Fajitas (Serves 4, $2.80 per serving)

From your pantry
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

On your shopping list
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch strips
1 15.5 oz can black beans
4 honey-wheat flour tortillas
1/4 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar
1/4 cup salsa

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from pan and put aside. Heat additional 1 Tbsp olive oil in pan. Add chicken breasts and season with chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Cook for 7 minutes, turning halfway through. While chicken is cooking, drain and rinse black beans and warm in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and serve over tortillas with sauteed vegetables, cheese and salsa. Serve with warmed black beans.

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