Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Easy Chicken Enchiladas, Pan-Seared Salmon, and More

By Jenna Weber

Cooking seasonal meals is the best way to stretch your dollar at the dinner table, so I have more fall-inspired recipes to keep your tummy full and your bills low. I recently moved to Northern California where there is much more of a change of season than in South Florida, where I'm from. As I drink in all the delicious autumn air, I'm loving fall produce to make simple meals. Since I'm a little homesick and missing my friends and family back home, I'm looking for figure-friendly comfort foods that pack a whole lot of flavor—but not excessive fat. And I'm starting a new job, so I haven't quite gotten in to the groove of my new schedule—meaning I don't have time to stress about my meals.

The chicken enchiladas and roasted veggie soup make wonderful leftovers for lunch boxes. Let the flavors meld overnight and they taste even better heated up the next day. And the poached eggs and salmon are perfect when you only have 15 minutes to spare in the kitchen. The last time I was far away from my home base, I was studying food writing in France. I felt even more alone because of the language barrier. Poached eggs became my go-to dinner, so now I see them as the ultimate comfort food. Give them a try on a crisp fall evening—they're easy, they require almost no cleanup, and they're gentle on your wallet too!

Grocery list:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders (go for organic if you can afford it)
Small can diced green chiles
1 bottle salsa
1 container light sour cream
1 package whole-wheat tortillas
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 large bag reduced fat Mexican cheese
1 sweet potato
1 red bell pepper
2 parsnips
1 red onion
1 butternut squash
1 quart vegetable broth
2 cloves of garlic
Lentils (easiest and most affordable to buy in bulk!)
4 5-oz salmon steaks
4 large heirloom tomatoes
2 large packages of spring lettuce mix
Olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper
Eggs
Balsamic vinegar

    Recipes:

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    Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Easy Chicken Enchiladas, Pan-Seared Salmon, and More

    By Jenna Weber

    Cooking seasonal meals is the best way to stretch your dollar at the dinner table, so I have more fall-inspired recipes to keep your tummy full and your bills low. I recently moved to Northern California where there is much more of a change of season than in South Florida, where I'm from. As I drink in all the delicious autumn air, I'm loving fall produce to make simple meals. Since I'm a little homesick and missing my friends and family back home, I'm looking for figure-friendly comfort foods that pack a whole lot of flavor—but not excessive fat. And I'm starting a new job, so I haven't quite gotten in to the groove of my new schedule—meaning I don't have time to stress about my meals.

    The chicken enchiladas and roasted veggie soup make wonderful leftovers for lunch boxes. Let the flavors meld overnight and they taste even better heated up the next day. And the poached eggs and salmon are perfect when you only have 15 minutes to spare in the kitchen. The last time I was far away from my home base, I was studying food writing in France. I felt even more alone because of the language barrier. Poached eggs became my go-to dinner, so now I see them as the ultimate comfort food. Give them a try on a crisp fall evening—they're easy, they require almost no cleanup, and they're gentle on your wallet too!

    Grocery list:

    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders (go for organic if you can afford it)
    Small can diced green chiles
    1 bottle salsa
    1 container light sour cream
    1 package whole-wheat tortillas
    2 cans enchilada sauce
    1 large bag reduced fat Mexican cheese
    1 sweet potato
    1 red bell pepper
    2 parsnips
    1 red onion
    1 butternut squash
    1 quart vegetable broth
    2 cloves of garlic
    Lentils (easiest and most affordable to buy in bulk!)
    4 5-oz salmon steaks
    4 large heirloom tomatoes
    2 large packages of spring lettuce mix
    Olive oil
    Sea salt
    Black pepper
    Eggs
    Balsamic vinegar

      Recipes:

      enchiladas-chicken-150.jpg enchiladas-chicken-150.jpg

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