Category: Cheap Recipes

Turkey Chili With Sundried Tomatoes Recipe On A Dime

Nutritionist Melissa Jacks has provided us with a delicious Turkey Chili With Sundried Tomatoes Recipe that is healthy and feeds the whole family and on a low budget. I have personally eaten this one and it is really good. Chili lovers will definitely enjoy it. I personally find it filling, but for those whole like variety on the table, you can always add a little salad.

We are all aware of how challenging meal time can be when we are pressed for time. This recipe can be made in advance and frozen for a great meal when you don’t have time to prepare, or simply want a night off!

The trick with making meals that use expensive ingredients such as chili (ground lean meat, peppers, broth, etc.), is to do the following:

1. Ground Meat:


Buy your ground chicken/turkey when it goes on sale and freeze it until you are ready to make it. There are some butchers that will even take chicken breasts for you and grind them at the meat counter. This is also a great idea to make sure you get the leanest chicken breasts. Alternatively, you can just look at the weekly flyers (or flipp app) and get it on sale. For those of you who shop at nortown, they actually have great ground chicken and turkey and it is even less expensive than Costco. Last time I bought from them it was only $3.99/lb . Then double or even triple the recipe.

2. Broth:

For those of you who love to cook and make your own broth, obviously this is the least expensive way. I do not make my own broth, so I am always stocking up on organic chicken broth or vegetable broth when they go on sale. At Walmart you can get broth for $1.67/tetra box. Sometimes they are on sale for 2 for $3. Once again, stock up on boxes when they go on sale.

3. Vegetables:

Fresh or frozen? I LOVE buying frozen diced vegetables for my chili, especially onions. Peppers are expensive most of the time when buying fresh, so you can buy your favorite diced vegetable blends at the grocery store and use those. You do not need to stick to the exact vegetables in the recipe. Simply add up how many cups of vegetables are used all together and substitute for those. For example, if mushrooms are expensive and you want to use zucchini instead, just replace the same amount for zucchini. Be creative!

4. Tomato sauce:

Similar to broth, you can make your own, or stock up when on sale. Classico sauces are delicious and clean ingredients. Costco also has my favorite marinara for this chili and it is affordable for 2 large bottles. It is called white linen marinara sauce. I believe it is $5/jar (or it was last time I saw it) and it much larger than classico. Be sure to use a sauce that isn’t full of sugar!

The average cost of one Chili recipe is about $15 or less. The recipe makes 4-6 servings. The best part is that it tastes great!

Turkey Chili With Sun-Dried Tomatoes


o Prep Time: 10 Minutes
o Cook Time: 30 Minutes
o Difficulty Level: Beginner

2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped
2 red peppers, diced
2 green peppers, diced
1 lb. ground turkey breast
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 ½ c tomato sauce
8 oz (1 cup) diced tomatoes, canned or fresh
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
½ tsp each salt and pepper
1 tbsp. red chili flakes
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1 ½ cups black beans, canned, rinsed and drained
1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and garlic over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until tender (about 5 minutes). Add peppers and cook for another 5 minutes.
2. Add ground turkey and brown, stirring to crumble. Add broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add beans. Simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Servings : 4

Nutrition Info
protein 23g
fat 11g
carbohydrate 32g

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Melissa Jacks

Quick & Easy Macaroni Casserole

Hello Parents! I would like to introduce Nutritionist Melissa Jacks who will now be posting Healthy Family Recipes On A Dime. I hope you will enjoy her tips and recipes! The recipe that she is posting today is so tasty that my extremely picky 5 year old daughter ate her whole bowl!

It is not an easy task to feed a family for various reasons. The first challenge is finding meals that are enjoyed by all! Many parents know from experience that picky eaters are more common than not. Even if you have offered a wide variety of foods from the time they started eating solids, tastes develop over time and social situations (such as daycare and camp)introduce kids to many desirable snacks and meals not alwaysoffered at home.

The second challenge is to provide healthy nutritious meals. Unfortunately, many popular kid friendly foods are not as nutrient dense as parents would like them to beProviding meals that are a good balance of healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates is important, but the fast food industry has done a great job of enticing children to eat foods that are full of salt, sugar and fats.

The last challenge we all have noticed at one point or another is that food, especially healthy food, can be expensive! It is great once we find meals that the entire family will enjoy, especially if they are good for you, but once you start piling the fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, you will undoubtedly realize that your bills are higher than usual.

Fortunately, there are so many great products out there today that are nutritious and affordable. Once you find recipes that are enjoyable and healthy, keeping an eye out for your favorite ingredients on sale or at reduced prices can save you even more.

Below is an example of a family friendly recipe that not only tastes great, freezes well and costs less than $10 to feed a family of 4, it is packed with protein, calcium and fiber.


Quick & Easy Macaroni Casserole

This recipe is a staple in my house! Not only do kids love it because it is pasta and cheese, it is perfect to serve as a lunch or dinner. The secret ingredient is cottage cheese, a complete protein that is packed with nutrients. Your kids will never know it’s there! Make an extra recipe, cut it into individual portions and serve as a quick and easy meal for busy times.

The cost for the entire recipe is under $10 ($2.50 per meal)

Money Saving Tips:

1.       Buy cottage cheese when it is on sale. Shoppers drug mart often has it as cheap as $1.99-$2.49. Costco also sells a package of 2 for cheaper than most grocery stores.

2.       Buy blocks of cheese and shred it yourself. 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese will cost no more than $2.


Quick & Easy Macaroni Casserole


  • 2 cups macaroni pasta, cooked
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups light mozzarella-cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • 2. Prepare noodles according to package instructions. Drain. Melt 2 tsp butter into noodles.
  • 3. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients, reserving a small portion of cheese to garnish.
  • 4. Grease a large, shallow casserole dish and pour in mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes, until cheese melts.

Servings : 4

Nutrition Info

  • protein 27g
  • fat 10g
  • carbohydrates 23g

Tips & Tricks

·         Gluten free options: Use gluten free pasta varieties

·         Use earth balance oil spread for a non-dairy option

·         Cheeses can be bought in lactose free and low sodium

·         Freezes well

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