How to Make Healthy Budget-Friendly Meals

Thanks to pantry staples, bulk bin discoveries and seasonal produce, you can create healthy, budget-friendly meals.

Ingredients for Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms

Photo Credit: Emilie Raffa, via

Throughout this fall and winter, Whole Foods Market and SAVEUR are partnering with Blog Awards opens in a new tab winners and finalists for In Good Company opens in a new tab, a series of culinary exploits from discovering new beers and sparkling wines to meeting local farmers and foragers. This week, we’re spotlighting Emilie Raffa of The Clever Carrot opens in a new tab, a blog that inspires home cooks to create healthy, comforting and budget-friendly recipes. 

In her post Think Outside the Produce Box opens in a new tab, Emilie creates Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms opens in a new tab, a fast and delicious dish that costs around $10 for 4 people — with ingredients leftover for future use. How’d she do it? Pantry staples, bulk bin discoveries and seasonal produce.

  • Bulk bins. The beauty of buying in bulk is that it's budget-friendly. You're not paying for packaging, and there’s no waste because you can purchase as little or as much as you need (whether that’s one cup or one pound).

  • Pantry staples. 365 Everyday Value® pantry products are geared towards budget-minded consumers, with hundreds of organic offerings too.

  • Seasonal produce. Look for seasonal produce sales. (Discover what’s on sale in your store opens in a new tab today.)

Read her post opens in a new tab and get her recipe for Couscous-Stuffed Mushrooms. Then if you’re craving more easy and healthy dishes on a budget, here are a few more that fit the bill. 

Linguine with Spinach, Artichokes, and Red Lentil Sauce
Spinach Salad with Adzuki Beans and Satsuma Vinaigrette
Ancient Grain Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup
Red Pepper and Basil White Bean Burgers

Red Pepper and Basil White Bean Burgers Recipe opens in a new tab

What’s one of your favorite healthy budget-friendly dishes? We’d love to hear it. 

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