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Healthy, Low Cost Recipes


Our team has created an archive of healthy, affordable, and delicious recipes. These recipes are designed to utilize common food bank ingredients and seasonal produce. The recipes are flexible – consider swapping vegetables in recipes for what you have on hand. We hope these recipes inspire you to get cooking!

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Acorn Squash Harvest Bowl with Cauliflower RiceBy Chester County Food BankAcorn squash has a rich and nutty flavor, making it a wholesome addition to this delicious fall harvest bowl. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is not only a full of nutrients, but also adds vibrant color!
Apple Cinnamon OatsBy Chester County Food BankIn just 90 seconds, you'll have a hearty, filling breakfast! Loaded with fiber and the warming combo of sweet apples and cinnamon, it's a breakfast perfect for chilly mornings. You can make this recipe your own by adding your favorite fruits and add-ins.
Banana Pepper QuickleBy Chester County Food BankMake your own zesty banana peppers at home with this easy refrigerator quick pickled pepper recipe.
Beans & Greens SautéBy Chester County Food BankThis can be served as a side dish or as a vegetable-filled dinner. Try serving over rice for a heartier dish. You can use a mix of vegetables like spinach, mustard greens, or kale and vary the beans to give the dish a different flavor.
Beet & Potato SaladBy Chester County Food BankInspired by the classic Ukrainian 'vinegret', which is a salad not the dressing, this vibrant dish is common during winter holidays since it features root vegetables but it is welcome to the table for any season!
Brussels Sprouts with ApplesBy Chester County Food BankThis is a perfect side dish for holiday meals, but we also think it will also convert the Brussels nay-sayers with its sweet, a little tart, and all-around deliciousness.
Butternut Squash and Mushroom Ris-OAT-toBy Chester County Food BankTraditional risotto is time consuming and arborio may not be a pantry staple, but you likely have oats. Risotto with oats? YES! Like arborio rice, oats get nice and creamy when cooked but also cook much faster. This recipe is very flexible - replace kale with spinach or collards. Try sweet potato in place of the squash.
Butternut Squash Mac & CheeseBy Chester County Food BankButternut squash is one of the most popular winter squash, with a sweet and nutty flavor. The squash mimics the color of cheddar cheese in this dish, cutting down on the actual amount of cheese you'll use.
Cauliflower & Apple SaladBy Chester County Food BankThis cruciferous salad packs a nutritional punch, a satisfying crunch, and a mouthful of versatile flavors.
Collard Wraps with Veggies & White Bean SpreadBy Chester County Food BankCollard leaves are bigger and stronger than most lettuce leaves so you can make burrito-like wraps. The creamy Great Northern Bean spread is similar to hummus so it's the perfect complement to the veggies.
Corn & Pepper Grain BowlBy Chester County Food BankMake the most of sweet, crunchy corn on the cob with this simple, healthy and most important tasty corn, pepper and hearty grain bowl. Like many of our recipes this is a great base and can easily be adjusted to your liking and the season.
Early Summer Grain BowlBy Chester County Food BankThis vibrant and refreshing grain bowl combines the earthy sweetness of raw beets and the crispness of summer squash, resulting in a colorful and nutritious meal. You can easily vary the ingredients in this recipe adapting it for the season. Be sure to well season and play up the contrasts in color, texture, and flavor.
Easy Turkey BrineBy Chester County Food BankBrining is submerging the turkey in a saltwater solution for 24 hours before roasting which helps the turkey retain moisture, tenderizes the meat, and adds flavor as we are seasoning all the way through.
Fruit Filled Overnight OatsBy Chester County Food BankThis easy overnight oats recipe is a healthy simple breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings!
Kale & Chickpea Salad with Curried VinaigretteBy Chester County Food BankCurry is a blend of spices and is made all over the world. Different regions have their own unique style and flavor. You can also try carrots instead of the radishes for a sweeter, less peppery flavor.
Kale & Potato CurryBy Chester County Food BankWhen it comes to kale, people tend to have strong opinions. If you lean away from kale, this super flavorful and easy recipe may just change your mind. You can also swap the kale for collard greens or even spinach if you prefer a more mild green. Curries are a great way to use lots of veggies and beans. Try adding carrots, peas, or chickpeas and serve over rice for a hearty meal.
Kale, Carrot & Bean Salad with Chimichurri DressingBy Chester County Food BankChimichurri is an uncooked sauce or condiment originating from Uruguay and Argentina. Traditionally made with chopped parsley, here we make use of flavorful carrot tops. Spoon the herby condiment onto a bowl of beans, top eggs, mix into tuna, or almost anything that calls for a kick of flavor.
Pac Choi & Pepper Stir FryBy Chester County Food BankThis recipe features pak choi - also known as bok choy, Chinese celery cabbage, and white mustard cabbage - is a member of the cabbage family. Pak choi is tender, with a flavor somewhere between a mild cabbage, celery and spinach.
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