(Family Features) - Eating well and saving money can go hand-in-hand. According to Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE, 2008 Diabetes Educator of the Year and author of "Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day - or Less!" with the right ingredients and a little planning, preparing delicious and nutritious meals does not have to break the bank.
For example, this recipe for Everyday Elbows makes dining in not only budget-friendly (about $1.40 per serving), but delicious and healthy, as well. The addition of lean ham and olives give this family favorite a new and exciting twist beyond the basic marinara sauce. Plus, the quick convenience (30 minutes start to finish) makes it perfect for any night of the week.
"Using Dreamfields Pasta provides an added health boost," says Ross, "because it delivers twice the fiber (five grams), fewer digestible carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta. These health benefits, along with having all the taste and texture of traditional pasta, make Dreamfields an ideal choice for the 81 million Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and the entire family, too."
Versatile pasta can be combined with a variety of ingredients for a nutritious and flavorful meal in no time. To save even more money, Ross recommends stocking up on ingredients when they are on sale, and keeping essential favorites on hand to create quick, healthy meals.
For more recipes and information about healthy eating, visit www.DreamfieldsFoods.com. To purchase Ross' book, visit the online bookstore at the American Diabetes Association Web site, www.diabetes.org.