6 Dinners Under $6
By Karen Berman
Believe it or not, it is possible to get a delicious, healthful dinner on the table without breaking the bank. One key is to fill your plate with vegetables and legumes and to serve meat, poultry, and fish in smaller portions.
What follows are six diabetes-friendly menus that cost $6 per serving or less -- some significantly less. They run the gamut from vegetarian to steak and potatoes to Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and fusion. Some of them require investment purchases -- if you don't already have items like curry powder, cumin, and turmeric in your pantry. These and pantry staples like salt, pepper, cooking spray, oil, and vinegar are not counted in the per-serving costs. The menus that follow are designed to serve two, but you can easily adapt them to serve more.
Swap in these six delicious dinners for your usual weekly take-out or restaurant meals and you will wind up with more money left in your wallet at the end of the month!
Reviewed by Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN. 8/12
Winter Grilled Corn on the Cob Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa Baked Spinach-Cheese Delight Latin Swordfish Brochettes with Peanut Salsa Tilapia with Fresh Tomato Relish Mixed Bean and Vegetable Soup Bangkok Barbequed Steak Italian Macaroni Lemon Parmesan Peas Balsamic Pork Chops
I was in Dunkin' Donuts this morning. The one in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Broadway actually offers some gluten-free selections and I was craving a breakfast sandwich. Waiting in line, I overheard two men at the counter - clearly regulars who sit for hours and shoot the sh*t over morning coffee and donuts. "I gotta be cay-ful too many donuts no good, I got tha shuuu-gah." "I didn't know you had the shu-gah. All the crap you eat,...