Serve up a hearty weekend meal that's big on flavor but low in calories and fat.
Gather the family together for a cheap, fulfilling meal that won't weigh you down. Follow our simple recipes and cooking techniques
to keep all the flavor and eliminate excess calories and fat.
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Cost per serving: 36¢
For maximum crunchiness, use paper towels to dry the chickpeas well before baking.
See recipe: Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas
Cost per serving: 75¢
Rather than dousing your salad in cheese and high-fat dressings, opt for a more flavorful and healthy option. The spiced walnuts add a smoky taste and crunch to the greens and fresh apples keep the flavor bright.
See recipe: Green Salad with Spiced Walnuts
Cost per serving: 87¢
Take advantage of seasonal (and cheap) vegetables like butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes for a delicious and easy side dish.
See recipe: Roasted Winter Vegetables
Cost per serving: 88¢
To mimic the texture of potatoes, use a potato masher rather than a food processor. Try using a pastry blender if you don’t have a potato masher. Stir well just before serving.
See recipe: Mashed Cauliflower
Cost per serving: $2.48
Eye of round is a lean cut of beef, so take care not to overcook the meat or it will be tough.
See recipe: Eye of Round Roast with Pan Juices
Cost per serving: 30¢
We cut the fat down in this cupcake recipe using low-fat buttermilk. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, use low-fat plain yogurt instead. To give these rich-tasting cupcakes a grown-up edge, dissolve 1 to 2 tsp. instant coffee or instant espresso in the vanilla extract before beating it in.
See recipe: Cocoa Cupcakes