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We know that good food can be affordable too! The recipes below are budget-friendly and can be made with just a few simple ingredients, many of which you may already have on-hand. Scroll to the bottom of the page for additional resources, including shopping guides, meal planning tools, and affordable recipes searchable by ingredient.

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  • City Market “Eating on a Budget”

    City Market offers a variety of healthy recipes featuring ingredients local to Vermont. There “Eating on a Budget” section features frugal but delicious recipes for every meal!

  • Food Hero

    Food Hero is a great resource for a variety of quick, healthy, and delicious recipes geared towards cooking for your whole family. Recipes are searchable by ingredients on hand and Food Hero includes lots of food and nutrition oriented coloring sheets and other activities for kids!

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spend Smart. Eat Smart is a comprehensive resource full of tools and recipes for both shopping on a budget and cooking on a budget. The website has tools and tips for planning out a food budget each month based on family size, menu planning, tips and tools for shopping on a budget, and tools for tracking your food expenses. Additionally, Spend Smart. Eat Smart has many affordable, healthy recipes, broken down by the cost per serving.

  • Hunger and Health (Feeding America)

    Hunger and Health offers a directory on budget-friendly, nutritious recipes specifically tailored to be made with ingredients commonly found at local food banks. Each recipe in Hunger and Health’s directory has been evaluated to meet the needs of individuals or families facing food insecurity. Recipes on Hunger and Health are low-cost, use limited cooking tools, and take into considerations specific nutritional needs and diet-related diseases.

  • Good and Cheap

    Good and Cheap is a cookbook full of recipes and techniques geared towards people on a limited budget. “Eat Well on $4 a Day!”

  • eatFresh

    eatFresh provides a directory of tasty recipes that can be made on a budget, searchable by meal type, cuisine type, dietary preferences, and more. Recipes can also be filtered for using limited kitchen tools or for options that can be quickly prepared.

  • USDA’s What’s Cooking?

    What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl shares recipes and resources to support building healthy and budget-friendly meals. The site offers household and large quantity recipes. Its features are designed to encourage key behaviors emphasized in the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • New School Cuisine (VT FEED, the Vermont Agency of Education’s Child Nutrition Program, and the School Nutrition Association of Vermont)

    New School Cuisine is a cookbook developed by school cooks, for school cooks. The cookbook includes 78 recipes tested and approved by kids and all recipes meet the new USDA dietary guidelines while featuring local, seasonal foods. This resource is tailored for child nutrition programs, with each recipe in USDA format, developed for school-sized quantities, and includes nutritional analysis for each recipe. Each recipe is for 48-52 portions (great for cooking for large groups), is cost-effective, and simple.