Better Homes & Gardens - Dinner recipes under $3

Better Homes & Gardens – 20 Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3

Minding a budget doesn’t have to mean losing flavor. These 20 heart-healthy low-cost meals pack vital nutrients while nourishing you in good taste. Plus, at less than $3 per serving, they’re easy on the wallet as well as the waistline.

Recipe #1) Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps

Enjoy a light supper with this simple meal; loaded with protein and veggies, you’ll feel satisfied even with smaller portions. And you’ll definitely save over dinner at a Mexican hot spot.

Budget dinner price: $2.05 per serving


  • 12 jounces skinless, boneless chicken breast strips for stir-frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • small red, yellow, or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • tablespoons bottled reduced-calorie ranch salad dressing
  • 10-inch whole wheat, tomato, jalapeño, or plain flour tortillas, warmed*
  • 1/2 cup Easy Fresh Salsa*
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
DirectionsSprinkle chicken strips with chili powder and garlic powder. Coat a medium nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken and sweet pepper strips in hot skillet over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and pepper strips are tender. Drain if necessary. Toss with salad dressing.

Divide chicken and pepper mixture between warmed tortillas. Top with Easy Fresh Salsa and cheese. Roll up; cut in half.

*To warm tortillas: Wrap tortillas tightly in foil. Heat in a 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until heated through.

*Easy Fresh Salsa: In a medium bowl combine 2 seeded and chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 1/4 cup chopped yellow or green sweet pepper, 2 to 3 teaspoons snipped fresh cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt, a dash of black pepper, and, if desired, a few drops bottled hot pepper sauce. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 3 days. Stir before serving. Makes 1 2/3 cups.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4 servings
  • Calories224
  • Total Fat (g)7
  • Saturated Fat (g)2,
  • Cholesterol (mg)59,
  • Sodium (mg)316,
  • Carbohydrate (g)15,
  • Fiber (g)1,
  • Protein (g)25,
  • Starch (d.e.)1,
  • Very Lean Meat (d.e.)3,
  • Fat (d.e.)1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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