Dining on a Dime

Many college students wonder how to eat healthy on a budget. It’s not easy to do. But, it CAN be done! Read on for some wallet friendly shopping tips.

Before grocery shopping:

•Plan ahead
•Make a list
•Don’t go hungry
•Look for sales
•Use coupons

While grocery shopping:

•Stick to the perimeter. You’ll find the fresh, perishable items on the perimeter of the store.
•Be wise to marketing. Supermarkets pull out all the tricks to get you to buy that impulse item. Stick to your list!
•Try store brands. Many times the store brands are made by the same companies that manufacture the name brands, with a different label
•Buy seasonal produce. If an item is in season, it’s most likely going to be less expensive.
•Buy smaller amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables and more non-perishable items. Canned and frozen goods will keep longer than fresh fruits and vegetables. You may have to make more trips to the store or your local farmer’s market, but it’s worth it for fresh produce.

Try this tasty recipe which rings in at only $1.01 per serving (serves 4)

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Walnuts & Feta Cheese

Ingredients

–½ lb whole wheat pasta
–½ c walnuts chopped
–½ c crumbled reduced fat feta cheese  red = already have
–½ c diced red onion  green = will have for next time
–1 ½ c chopped baby spinach  blue = have to buy
–2 ½ tsp olive oil
–2 T red wine vinegar
–1 clove garlic, minced
–½ tsp Dijon mustard
–Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1.Cook pasta according to package. Put in refrigerator to chill.
2.In dry pan, toast walnuts over medium high until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
3.In a large bowl, toss pasta, walnuts, feta cheese, onion and spinach.
4.In a small bowl whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic and mustard. Pour dressing over pasta and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper as desired.
 
What’s your favorite budget-friendly meal to cook?
 

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