6 Affordable Ways to Jump Start Your Diet

1 stalk celery (chopped)

1 clove garlic (Smashed)

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

Leftover vegetables

1 quart chicken broth

Directions:

Sauté onion and garlic together until onion is translucent. Then stir in the chopped carrot and celery and cook 10 minutes, to blend flavors. Stir the chicken into this and cook five minutes more. In a large pot, pour in the chicken broth, left over vegetables, chicken mixture and tomato paste. Cook partially covered over low heat for 30 minutes.

Tip #6: Don't Skip Your Vegetables



Fresh vegetables and fruit are expensive. Frozen vegetables have the same benefit if they are free of additives, salt and sauces. Just be sure to look at the ingredient list: if it says anything other than the vegetable you desire, keep looking.

Recipe to Try: String Beans with Basil and Grape Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1/2 large bag frozen string beans

1/2 cup finely chopped basil

1/2 cup fresh grape tomatoes (sliced)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook the string beans according to package directions; do not overcook as overcooking will reduce the nutrient content. Drain the cooked string beans. Heat the olive oil in small pan, then toss in the cooked string beans, chopped basil and tomatoes. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Dr. Jana Klauer's private practice specializes in nutrition. She is author of "The Park Avenue Nutritionist's Plan."

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