Monday, March 30, 2015

Easy, Wallet-Smart Dinner Ideas




We all want the same thing: a delicious (and healthy!) inexpensive dinner. Try our healthy dinner recipes. Each dish is full of nutrition without skimping on taste. Our healthy recipes are easy on the wallet and the waistline.




A perfect healthy dinner recipe that costs just over $2 per serving. The combination of sour cream, chili lime cream and tilapia is ready in under 30 minutes.

Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream

Ingredients
1 pound fresh tilapia or cod fillets1/2 teaspoon chili powder1 lime, halved1/2 cup sour cream1/2 teaspoon garlic powder8 tostada shells2 cups shredded cabbage mix1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced (optional)1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered (optional)Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon of the chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. For chili-lime cream, in bowl squeeze 2 teaspoons juice from half the lime. Stir in sour cream, garlic powder, and remaining chili powder; set aside. Cut remaining lime half in wedges for serving.
  2. Place fish on unheated greased broiler rack; tuck under thin edges. Place shells on baking sheet on lowest rack. Broil fish 4 inches from heat 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness, until fish flakes with fork. Break in chunks. Serve tostadas with cabbage, chili-lime cream, avocado, tomatoes, lime, and pepper sauce. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts

(Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream)
    Per serving: 
  • 278 kcal cal., 
  • 14 g fat
  •  
  • (5 g sat. fat, 
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 2g monounsatured fat), 
  • 67 mg chol., 
  • 303 mg sodium, 
  • 17 g carb., 
  • 2 g fiber, 
  • 2g sugar, 
  • 25 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Chicken-Noodle Casserole

This cozy casserole is inspired by hearty chicken noodle soup. Perfect for a hearty weeknight dinner, this delicious dish is ready to eat in just over an hour and is sure to please everyone in your family.


Makes:
 
8 servings 
Prep:
 
15 mins 
Cook:
 
35 mins 
Bake:
 
30 mins 375°F



Chicken-Noodle Casserole

Ingredients
4 stalks celery, chopped1 medium onion, chopped1 tablespoon vegetable oil2 pounds chicken legs and/or thighs1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed1/2 teaspoon salt1 slice bread1 12ounce package jumbo or extra-large egg noodles1 8ounce container sour cream dip, cheddar French onion dip, or French onion dip2 tablespoon all-purpose flourNonstick cooking spray2 tablespoon fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a Dutch oven cook two-thirds of the celery and two-thirds of the onion in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add chicken, pepper, thyme, and salt; cook for 2 minutes. Add 6 cups of water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, for topping, tear bread in small pieces. Finely chop remaining celery and onion. In a small bowl toss together the bread, celery and onion; set aside.
  3. With a slotted spoon transfer chicken to a cutting board to cool slightly. Add noodles to simmering broth; boil gently for 7 to 8 minutes, just until tender, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon transfer noodles, celery, and onion to a 3-quart baking dish.
  4. For sauce, in a bowl whisk together sour cream dip and flour. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth until smooth. Add sauce to broth in Dutch oven; cook and stir until boiling.
  5. Meanwhile, discard skin and bones from chicken. Chop chicken, then add to noodles in dish. Gently stir in sauce. Sprinkle with topping, then lightly coat with cooking spray.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes until casserole is heated through and topping begins to brown. Top with parsley just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

 (Chicken-Noodle Casserole)
    Per serving: 
  • 400 kcal cal., 
  • 13 g fat
  •  
  • (5 g sat. fat, 
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 3g monounsatured fat), 
  • 147 mg chol., 
  • 417 mg sodium, 
  • 38 g carb., 
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 3 g sugar, 
  • 30 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Potato Frittata

This luscious egg breakfast recipe features crisply browned potatoes and colorful fresh vegetables, including carrots, green onions, and tomatoes. Slice the potatoes and carrots thinly, about 1/8 inch, to ensure they become tender and golden during cooking.


Makes: 6 servings Prep: 25min Cook: 10min Bake: 18min 375
°F

Potato Frittata

Ingredients
1 pound Yukon gold or russet potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced2 tablespoon olive oil2 large carrots, thinly sliced12 eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup chopped green onion (4)1/4 teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved1 clove garlic, mincedFresh snipped parsley and/or cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a 10-inch oven-safe nonstick skillet cook potatoes in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add carrots; cook for 5 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are tender and lightly browned, turning occasionally
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, half the green onions, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over potatoes. Bake, uncovered, about 18 minutes or until frittata appears dry on top. Remove frittata from oven. Let stand on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for topper, in a small bowl gently toss together remaining green onions, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and parsley. Set aside.
  4. With a spatula, loosen edges of frittata from skillet. Place a large serving platter over skillet. Using two hands, invert platter and skillet to release frittata onto platter. Cut frittata in wedges. Serve with green onion topper.

Nutrition Facts

 (Potato Frittata)
    Per serving: 
  • 258 kcal cal., 
  • 14 g fat
  •  
  • (4 g sat. fat, 
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 7g monounsatured fat), 
  • 372 mg chol., 
  • 267 mg sodium, 
  • 18 g carb., 
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar, 
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

  • This post was adapted from http://www.bhg.com




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