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Good, nutritious foods for less than $1

May 13, 2009 8:16:04 AM PDT
The dollar menu at fast food restaurants may be cheap and convenient, but you can head to the grocery store to get more nutrition for your buck.First there's the tuber, or sweet potatoes, which cost about 89 cents each. They provide a tasty way to get a nice dose of fiber -- about four grams worth -- and they're a rich source of vitamin A and C.

Rather than add the typical butter and brown sugar scenario, try eating them right out of the microwave. Slice them and drizzle with a little olive oil and sea salt, then slather with hummus.

Frozen spinach is another good option and costs about 21 cents per half cup, which is the standard serving size.

After microwaving and draining, spinach is wonderful tossed in pasta or egg dishes, offering a bit of iron and vitamin K.

Dried beans are super cheap, but they require a bit of work in the kitchen.

Try a can of black beans, which costs about 29 cents per half-cup serving, topped with salsa. It'll make a quick and filling side dish.

You can also combine black beans with brown rice, onions and other savory veggies, and you've got a quick meatless meal.

Finally, don't forget eggs. They are one of the best sources of protein you can buy, and cost about 15 cents each. They taste great hardboiled and sliced in a salad or sandwich, or make a quick scramble for an anytime meal.

Add extras like mushrooms, peppers and onions to make magic to that otherwise meager meal.

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