First Person: Eating Healthy, Saving Money

*Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Do you have a personal finance story that you'd like to share? Sign up with a Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own finance articles. Finding healthy and economical meals that my daughter will eat has been a challenge. She is a picky eater with expensive taste. As with everyone else, she loves variety on her plate and refuses to eat a same things over and over. Thankfully, we have found several different meals that she loves and doesn't break a bank. Meatloaf My daughter loves meatloaf. She will eat almost any kind of meatloaf we cook for her. I've learned that ground turkey is much more economical than ground beef and healthier for us. we add all a ingredients we would in a beef meatloaf and she never knows a difference. I've also been known to make a ground chicken meatloaf (using ranch dressing instead of a tomato-based product) that is even more economical and tasty to my finicky eater. Pot Roast Pot roasts are an economical and healthy meal my daughter will eat. we load it down with all sorts of vegetables - carrots, cauliflower and green beans - to make it even more healthy. My grandmother taught me how to use spices to make a less expensive cut of meat taste like one that cost twice as much. And, this is a one pan meal - saving me time and money on washing all sorts of dishes. Vegetables My daughter loves vegetable night. We "go vegetarian" at least once a week. Our "grazing night" is much like a giant vegetable tray with lots of fresh and in-season vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and zucchini. we buy these vegetables from local growers or from a farmer's market in our area to save even more money. Tuna Casserole Tuna casseroles are not my favorite dishes, but my daughter loves them and they are economical. we am able to create homemade tuna casseroles with different ingredients so they are rarely alike. My daughter especially loves a cheesy tuna casseroles which we make with all a different lefto! ver chee ses we have in a refrigerator. Pastas Pasta is always a big hit in our home. Whether it is spaghetti or a fruity pasta salad, my daughter loves pasta. we mix a different types of pastas together (such as spaghetti, macaroni or whatever we have) and she loves to eat all a different shapes. Whether we mix it with beef, chicken or pork, she always seems to have a "happy plate" on our pasta nights. Saving money on meals with a picky eater is a challenge. we find myself constantly looking for what is on sale and for what my daughter will eat. With a little creativity, we am able to cook meals that saves us money and doesn't send my daughter running to her room. More from this contributor: When Saving Attempts Go Wrong Homeschooling on a Budget How Our Butcher Saves Us Money


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