One of the easiest ways to save money is to make your own food.  Buying lunch or dinner every day can really take a toll on your wallet.  

 

However, it may be daunting to sort through the millions (billions? gajillions?) of recipes on the internet and in cookbooks to find worthwhile meals.  Instead, I will post a few of my favorite recipes in hopes that you'll enjoy them too and can end your internet searching!  The recipes that I feature will all be easy, fairly cheap, and healthy... and will usually make enough to have leftovers for a few more lunches or dinners!

 

To begin... today's recipe is Spinach and Sausage Pasta.  Quite delicious, if I may say so myself :)  I've made it twice now and both times were fantatsic!  The recipe, with my changes below, made enough for dinner AND lunch for my boyfriend and I.

 

 

 

I found the recipe on Budget Bytes.  If you haven't checked out the Budget Bytes website yet, I suggest that you do so ASAP!  It's full of these easy, cheap, and nutritious recipes that I love!

 

I made a few changes to the recipe on that site:

--I used 12 oz. of pasta instead of 8oz

-- 3 cups of chicken broth rather than 2

-- Mike doesn't like cheese, so we left that as an optional add-on to our individual bowls (and I loaded up on it!).

-- I added mushrooms when adding the broth and tomatoes (because I had some on hand and needed to use them up)

-- Completely left out the green onion.

 

Even with the changes to the original recipe, it was quite fantastic!

 

Pro Tip:

If a recipe calls for extra finishing garnishes (green onion, chives, parsley, cilantro, etc) that you don't have or don't want to buy, don't worry about it: leaving those out won't ruin the dish. I almost NEVER buy those little garnishes and everything still tastes great ;)

 

Want more meal ideas? Check out my Cheap Recipes page!

 

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