(WFLX) - Many times, eating healthy doesn't always mean eating cheap, but there are ways to trim your waistline without trimming your wallet.
Here's one recipe that'll keep you fed for days with some snacks on the side.
"You spent approximately $33, and there's 38 to 40 servings in front of us. So, it's less than a dollar a serving," said dietician Don Mankie.
Once back from the grocery store, we get right down to business to make a pot of soup.
To save money, we bought canned chicken, "This chicken does not look bad at all. Someone introduced it to me this year, and I've been using it a lot." And we add in a frozen mix of onions and peppers to save us time.
It's a recipe we put together in minutes, and it serves up 10 cups of chicken chili. "This is all healthy food, and it's less than a value menu at any restaurant. It really is cheaper, and in the long run, if you are healthier, less medical expenses. So you can't really argue with it costs more to eat healthy."
In addition to the chicken and onions, there are beans, broth and plenty of spices that make up this hearty meal. "You have chicken in there; that is low in fat. You have beans in there that are high in fiber, and it's a good substitute for meat. So we have a combination there. It's a brothy soup. Brothy soups versus cream soups are always lower in calories."
As for this chicken chili: 175 calories per cup. "I'd say simmer it for 20 minutes."
And don't forget, we bought plenty of fruits and vegetables to add a salad and dessert. Mankie said, "For those who want dessert, cut up some strawberries, take some plain yogurt, toss it up, and put some crunchy cereal on it."
For just $33, you have five meals, and it's all good for you.
Also, when you are cleaning up from dinner, put some chili in containers. You'll have a home-cooked, healthy meal you can grab on your way out the door for lunch.