low-cost meals

3 Tips for Planning Weekly Meals

Planning your meals can help you save money, save time, and eat a healthier diet. It can also reduce stress, as you avoid last-minute decisions about what to make for dinner. These tips can help make meal planning easier.

4 Pantry-Friendly Meals

If your refrigerator is looking pretty bare and you're out of ideas, a well-stocked pantry can literally save the day. Your pantry includes items you keep on the shelf, in the freezer, and in the refrigerator that can be stored for a long period of time.

Bean and Pasta Soup

In a large pot, heat oil and brown meat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and basil and sauté 2 more minutes. Add stock, tomatoes, and cannellini beans. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes.

Eggplant, Cheese & Tomato Bake

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange eggplant, onions, and zucchini on a baking sheet, sprayed with cooking spray. Lightly spray top of vegetables with cooking spray as well. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered.

Chicken Florentine Soup with Rice

In a large pot, heat oil and add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add chicken broth, water, chicken breasts, brown rice (if uncooked), salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes. Remove chicken breasts and shred off the meat with a fork.

4 Dinners Under $10

Looking for easy ways to stretch your grocery dollar without sacrificing taste or nutrition? Try building your meals around beans, one of nature's most perfect—and affordable—foods.

Eat Well to Live Well

In Rhode Island, one in three of us has high blood sugar levels, which increases our chance of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Tofu and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

In a blender, combine all sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside. In wok or large skillet, heat oil and stir-fry tofu cubes over high heat until golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove tofu and set aside.

Chickpea Garden Burgers

Coarsely mash garbanzo beans with a fork or masher. Add remaining ingredients, except oil and buns, and mix thoroughly. Form into four patties. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet and cook over medium heat until brown. Flip over and brown other side.