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14 Frugal and Healthy Family-Friendly Recipes From Scratch

I love making tasty and nutritious dishes at home; it's a much healthier (and more cost-effective!) solution than going out to eat.

These recipes will save you money and wow your family!

These recipes will save you money and wow your family!

Creating a healthy, home-cooked meal can be a daunting and potentially difficult task. Here you'll find fourteen recipes that are simple, easy, and use quality ingredients. Some have meat, some are gluten-free, and some are vegetarian—but they can all be modified to fit your needs or whatever food is in season. Enjoy!

Easy, Cheap, good food for your Family Recipes anyone can cook.

Easy, Cheap, good food for your Family Recipes anyone can cook.

Quick, Easy, Healthy, Cheap Recipes

  1. Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls
  2. Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna
  3. Inside-Out Zucchini Boats
  4. Marinated Tomato Basil Salad
  5. Grilled Vegetables and Smoked Cheddar Cheese Sausage Strata
  6. Spinach Pesto Pasta
  7. Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Butter Sauce
  8. Gluten-Free Pasta Using a Spaghetti Squash
  9. Crockpot Kale and Leek Noodle Soup
  10. Kale and Feta Pizza
  11. Jalapeno Popper Popcorn
  12. Gluten-Free Roasted Quaker Oat Turkey Thighs
  13. Greek Taboule-Filled Lettuce Boats
  14. No-Fry Vegetable and Beef Stir-Fry
Layered Cabbage Rolls

Layered Cabbage Rolls

1. Lazy Man's Cabbage Rolls

This lazy cabbage roll recipe is so simple that anyone can make it. This recipe is for the people who want to provide a quick, nutritious meal to their family and get back in time for a football game.

This is a layered cabbage roll recipe. Let your children make it, and they will eat.

It could have a cheese or two of your choice on top, but I think that is not necessary for flavor.

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna

2. Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna

This vegetarian lasagna is so good you won't miss the wheat-flour flat pasta at all. This is a recipe the whole family will love because you can put so much in it, like cauliflower, zucchini, tomatos, and spinach. You can customize it to suit everyone's tastes (hopefully!).

Awesome flavor.

Awesome flavor.

3. Inside-Out Zucchini Boats

These inside-out zucchini boats were discovered by accident. I wanted to make proper zucchini boats, but the zucchini I had was too small to put anything inside. So instead, I used the zucchini to stuff these meatloaf-esque dish.

Tomato Basil Marinated Salad

Tomato Basil Marinated Salad

4. Marinated Tomato Basil Salad

Marinated Tomato Basil Salad: Tomatoes pair exceptionally well with basil and parsley. Take a peak at this wonderful salad, and it will make your taste buds sing and your tummy feel great. Cider vinegar can aid in weight loss when you take a tablespoonful after meals.

Slice of Cedar Cheese Smoked Sausage Stratta with Whole Wheat English Muffins

Slice of Cedar Cheese Smoked Sausage Stratta with Whole Wheat English Muffins

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5. Grilled Vegetables and Cheddar Cheese Smoked Sausage Strata Recipe

Strata is another name for bread pudding. In the good ole days, people would save their crusts and stale bread to make a pudding. It was very tasty. You can make a more flavorful strata by using grilled vegetables and smoked cheddar cheese sausage, instead of all that bread.

A time saver for this dish is to assemble it a day ahead. Then, when your company arrives for brunch, you pull it out of the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake for thirty minutes.

Spinach Pesto Pasta

Spinach Pesto Pasta

6. Spinach Pesto Pasta

Spinach Pesto Sauce is a delicious alternative to tomato-based pasta sauces. Most people make pesto out of basil, but I have been exploring new and wonderful ways to add more spinach to my diet. That's how I came up with this spinach-based pesto.

Spinach is low in calories. It also has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system and lower your high blood pressure. It has also been called the "colon's little broom" by some food experts.

The recipe I've linked you to also includes a brief guide on how to infuse your own olive oil with flavors instead of buying the high-cost brands at your grocery store.

Crab Meat Pasta

Crab Meat Pasta

7. Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Butter Sauce

Just because we are short on money doesn't mean we have to be short on the heath benefits and flavor of our foods. Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Buttery Sauce is an easy, healthy family recipe. Eating fish gives our bodies the fish oils we need to keep our joints from stiffening up as we grow older. Some doctors even recommend taking fish oil pills for joint pain. Cooking this recipe will help incorporate more fish into your diet.

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

8. Gluten-Free Pasta Using a Spaghetti Squash

If you have Celiac disease, the gluten in wheat, barley, and rye affects the functioning of your small intestine. This is serious and can cause digestive problems, skin rashes, weakness, and depression. The single treatment for Celiac is a gluten-free diet.

Being a pasta lover, Suzzycue also wanted to share this pasta recipe with people who have this condition. She was totally amazed how good spaghetti squash was to eat. It has a crunch like al dente spaghetti and pairs well with tomato and garlic sauces like typical pasta does.

Kale and Leek Soup   Comfort Food

Kale and Leek Soup Comfort Food

9. Crockpot Kale and Leek Noodle Soup

This crockpot kale and leek noodle soup is a delight to make. Kale is a curly, hearty, fall leafy green that tastes sweeter if picked after the first frost. The leeks are just big scallions loaded in vitamin C. Putting it all in a crockpot melds the flavors together without losing nutrients like you would if you boiled kale in a pot on the stove. The perfect fall comfort food for your family.

Healthy, easy Kale and feta Pizza

Healthy, easy Kale and feta Pizza

10. Kale and Feta Pizza

Kale is a super food with many health benefits. Eating it provides fiber, vitamins A, K, C (which help to prevent cancer), and calcium to promote strong bones and teeth. Kale with Feta cheese pizza wins.

Give this easy, cheap Jalapeno Popper treat a try.

Give this easy, cheap Jalapeno Popper treat a try.

11. Jalapeno Popper Popcorn Recipe

Try this easy jalapeno popper popcorn recipe at your next party. It is sure to be a hit with the pepper lovers.

Gluten Free Turkey Thigh Recipe

Gluten Free Turkey Thigh Recipe

12. Gluten-Free, Roasted Quaker Oat Turkey Thighs

Sometimes roasting a whole turkey is too much food for a family of two. Being single, I still enjoy a good turkey meal. Here is a recipe for turkey leg or breast that you will love.

Make these great Taboule party favors.

Make these great Taboule party favors.

13. Greek Taboule-Filled Lettuce Boats

What is taboule? It is also spelled "tabbouleh" and is a Middle Eastern, whole-wheat salad made with bulgur wheat that you don't cook. It pairs well with cucumbers, tomatoes, and spices on top of romaine.

Bulgur wheat can be used to thicken stews, as stuffing for tomatoes or bell peppers, or to fill up zucchini boats. This grain can even be used as a hot breakfast cereal; consider topping it with nuts and dried fruits.

No fry Vegetable Beef Stir Fry

No fry Vegetable Beef Stir Fry

14. No-Fry Vegetable & Beef Stir Fry

This no-fry veggie and beef stir fry is perfect for a beginning cook. It can be hard to cook stir-fry perfectly with so many elements in play. Sometimes the carrots aren't quite done, but the mushrooms are so overcooked that they're falling apart. This recipe tries to save your veggies from such a fate by roasting them instead of stir-frying them.

Suzzycue

Hi, everyone! Cook these recipes for a better you.

Hi, everyone! Cook these recipes for a better you.

My Experience as a Chef

Most of my life, I have done pretty physical work. Some of my that work experience includes a ten-year period working as a cook at nursing homes, cafeterias, and a sous chef in a local restaurant. I worked with a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of New York, specializing in French cuisine.

The sous chef was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned to take fresh local ingredients and turn them into easy, healthy recipes that you can do. The recipes that I'm sharing with you today are ones a few that I've gathered and have found to be quick, easy, healthy, and delicious.

Will you still eat from a box?

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