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September Healthy Shopping on a Budget

Welcome to fall! We always look forward to cooking healthy, affordable meals that are perfect for chillier temperatures. With tomatoes and whole grains, the September Foods of the Month, we put a creative twist on typical family meals. For about $30, we made the following five dishes:

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That is a lot of food for only $30! We were able to eat for cheap because, as you see above, although our meals were very different, they all contained either tomatoes and/or whole grains. To save money, plan out a week’s menu using some of the same ingredients throughout your meals. This reduces the chances of wasting food, and pushes you to get creative in the kitchen. For example, if you buy a package of grape tomatoes, add half of them to your whole wheat pasta, thenĀ  chop up the second half and add them to a pizzalad. Use a package of whole wheat wraps for the week to make quesadillas, breakfast wraps, or as the bread for your sandwich.

In order to have variety while using similar ingredients, plan out your meals in advance so you don’t get stuck with the same dinner every night. And, of course, check back here often for healthy spins on your favorite recipes!

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