I made this recipe for dinner last Monday - but subbed out the soba noodles for spaghetti squash, and the peanut butter for almond butter. We generally avoid keeping pasta & noodles around because they tend to bloat me a bit - so I like using spaghetti squash as a healthy alternative - it is both high in fiber and beta carotene. If you are watching your carbohydrate intake, or avoiding grains, spaghetti squash is a great substitute. I am not going to sit here and say that it tastes just like pasta, but it does satisfy the craving, in my opinion. And the almond butter was just what we had on hand, as I generally prefer it to peanut butter (random fact: did you know that peanuts are actually a legume and NOT a nut?). We had some local farmer’s market peppers and onions from the weekend, so I used those up in this dish as well. I would have loved some more veggies in this, but it was still very filling!
Budgetbytes.com is a great website for finding healthy meals on a budget. I highly recommend it for recipe ideas if you truly believe that eating healthy is not possible when money is tight. The author breaks down each recipe by cost per serving, which is very helpful. I hope you can find some inspiration there as well!