Healthy Budget-Friendly Meals with Spring Produce

May 3 2023
Buying in-season produce is a great way to level up your meals in a budget-friendly way. Why? Because produce that's plentiful tends to get priced down at the supermarket so it sells quicker. Here are some recipes to get you started, plus bonus tips to save money… What are you cooking up this spring?

Spring Produce Pick: Mango

BBQ Mango Tilapia

1/2 of recipe: 197 calories, 2.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 500mg sodium, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 15g sugars, 26.5g protein
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The chunks of fresh mango in this recipe are essential, and leftover mango makes a great snack or add-in for yogurt and oatmeal. If you enjoy mango often, you might want to invest in this handy slice & peel tool! Budget-friendly fish fillets and pantry staples make this smart meal a spring must.

HG Budget Tip: Freeze leftover mango nectar in an ice cube tray, then store the cubes in a plastic baggie—next time you make this recipe, just thaw some out. You can also add the cubes to smoothies and shakes.

Spring Produce Pick: Spinach

Easy Spinach & Feta Penne

1/2 of recipe: 310 calories, 6g total fat (2g sat. fat), 626mg sodium, 54.5g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 13.5g protein
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Adding spinach & feta is a great way to make a simple pasta dinner super special. And this recipe does more than save money, it saves time: Instead of cooking the spinach, just put it in the strainer when you drain the pasta water and watch it wilt. Genius! (If we do say so ourselves.)

HG Budget Tip: Rather than buying a bunch of fresh basil, using a bit, then letting the rest go bad in your fridge, get a basil plant! We love this easy-to-use variety pack. Another idea: Keep a stash of Dorot Gardens Chopped Basil in your freezer.

Spring Produce Pick: Snap Peas

Chop-Chop Beef Stir-Fry

Entire recipe: 293 calories, 6.5g total fat (1.5g sat. fat), 770mg sodium, 26g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 35g protein
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This is a great meal when you want to fill up on veggies. Look for loose snap peas in the produce section—they tend to be less expensive than the washed & bagged kind. Double up this recipe, and save the second serving for a heat-n-eat meal another day.

HG Budget Tip: Not seeing a good price on flank steak? Swap in ground beef, sliced chicken breast, or whatever protein is on sale!

Spring Produce Pick: Asparagus

So-Fancy Fish Pack

Entire recipe: 205 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat. fat), 412mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 35g protein
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Sure, this recipe tastes fancy, but that doesn't mean it's expensive. Off-season asparagus can get spendy, so now is the time to eat your fill. The blend of butter, herbs, and lemons elevates the whole dish. Mmmm…

HG Budget Tip: Buy a big bag of frozen fish fillets, and just defrost as needed. You'll be set up for later, and it'll be cheaper per fillet.

Spring Produce Pick: Strawberries

Strawberry Feta Spinach Salad with Chicken

Entire recipe: 275 calories, 9g total fat (2g sat. fat), 755mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 32g protein

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Yes, more spinach here, but this dish is all about those strawberries! The pairing with feta is top tier, and the chicken makes the salad super satisfying. Great for an invigorating lunch or a dinner bursting with fresh flavor.

HG Budget Tip: Tender greens like arugula are also abundant this time of year. Feel free to swap/add in other leafy alternatives if the price is right.

Chew on this:

May is National Salsa Month! Since you saved on today’s meals, splurge on the super-special Kyvan Honey Apple Salsa.

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