Fast, Fresh & Delicous Dinners: Healthy Affordable Dinner on a budget @ $2 per plate

Healthy Affordable Dinner on a budget @ $2 per plate

Time: 45 Minutes
Yield: 4-6 Servings
(10 Item Recipe)


4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
*Trader Joe’s 3lb -16 piece bag of chicken for $6 No Hormones, No Steroids, No Antibiotics, Grain Fed Natural Chicken – used only 4 pieces*
1 organic Zucchinni Squash, sliced into rings
1 organic Yellow Squash, sliced into rings
1 organic Red Bell Pepper. sliced into strips
1 organic Avocado, sliced
Extra Virgin Olive oil spray for searing chicken and veggies
1 cup organic Brown & Wild Rice
1/4 cup organic Cilantro, finely diced
1 organic Lemon or Lime
Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper


In a large pot or rice cooker start your wild rice according to package.  About 10 minutes before rice is done heat pan or flat top grill.  Sprinkle chicken with sea salt and pepper.  Five minutes before rice is completed sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Cook chicken until juices are clear.  While awaiting chicken 6 minutes before done start veggies.  Slice squash and bell pepper into rings, sprinkle with sea salt then put onto flat top or another skillet on medium heat.  Cook for 2 minutes each side.  While awaiting veggies take avocado and slice it into pieces.  Let chicken rest for 2 minutes.  Plate one piece of chicken topped with avocado, one large spoonful of rice, and grilled veggies. Finish plate with wedge of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice on all plate.


This is an amazingly affordable and super nutritious meal for all the family.  We picked up the chicken from Trader Joe’s which was all natural and only used 4 pieces of the 16 piece bag which came in at $1.50 total for the 4 large chicken breasts.  This meal is fast and fresh and filled with healthy nutrients for the whole family.  If you are feeding children they will get a 1/2 plate which comes in at $1.  When cooking the veggies they cook fast you only want a slight sear on the outside without burning them.  They will still be crunchy and firm inside keeping their nutrients intact.  Be sure to spray your pan with olive oil cooking spray so they don’t burn or stick.

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