Today Show Healthy $2 Meals: Tilapia, Mini Meatloaf & Spaghetti Tower


By Caitlin Coyne

Today Show: $2 Healthy Meals

Eating healthfully is hard enough as it is, much less on a budget. Turns out, it is possible. Registered dietician Sarah-Jane Bedwell showed Al Roker how to whip up some tasty, healthy meals under $2 a serving.


Today Show: Tilapia Recipe with Veggies

Today Show Healthy $2 Meals: Tilapia, Mini Meatloaf & Spaghetti Tower

The Today Show shared recipes for healthy $2 meals, including easy tilapia, Mini Meatloaf, and a Spaghetti Tower that is high in fiber and protein.

I’m always looking for ways to get a few extra veggies into my diet, and this recipe with delicious grilled fish is a great way to do it. The tilapia is a low-calorie, high-protein option that tastes great.

First you take tilapia filets and lay them out individually in aluminums foil. Top the filets with some frozen veggies; great options would be peas, carrots, corn, and snap peas. If you have any fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary, chop up a couple sprigs and toss it with the veggies and fish. Dried herbs work great too.


Once you do that, drizzle with olive oil and add a slice of lemon. Then you fold up the foil and place each packet into the oven at 450 for 20 minutes. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Bedwell suggests serving it with some brown rice to add a serving of healthy grains. At $1.45 a serving, this meal is healthy, tasty, and good for your wallet.

Today Show: Mini Meatloaf Recipe

The muffin pan you have in your kitchen is good for tasty cupcakes and muffin treats, but it can also be used for mini meatloaf.

Bedwell starts with a pound of lean ground beef, but adds 1/3 of rolled oats to make the meat go farther. Plus, the oats offer healthy fiber into the meal.

After the oats, add one beaten egg, a chopped onion, 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, a dash of salt and pepper, and a bit of Worchester sauce. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Once you’re done, you have perfectly portioned mini meatloaves so you can control the amount your eating more easily. This tasty dish is a steal at $1.33 per serving.

Today Show: Spaghetti Tower Recipe

As much as meat is delicious, it can get a pit pricey. With this recipe, you can add nutrients and cut cost by skipping the meat altogether. Use meatless chili in place of meat to add fiber, protein, and cut down on cost.

Start with whole grain spaghetti and cook it according to the box’s directions. Once the pasta is done, drain and put on plate. Meanwhile, have a can of meatless chili heating on the stove.

Once heated, scoop a cup of the chili onto the pasta, and add freshly steamed broccoli, cheese, and edamame. This meal is filling, healthy, and tasty, and only $1.67.


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