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It’s a commonly believed myth that in order to eat healthy food, you need to spend a lot of money. Believe me, I bought into this too. And it’s not difficult to buy into that when you walk down the aisles of a grocery store and compare prices. But, it is possible to save money and still eat healthy. You just need to know where to shop.

It is a commonly believed myth that in order to eat healthy, you need to spend a lot of money. I want to put that to rest here and now.

Thank you to Whole Foods for sponsoring this conversation. While I was compensated for this post, that does not change my opinion.

Going back to school can be a pricey time of the year as a parent.

School supply lists that are seemingly never ending come pouring in and then there’s a matter of lunches if your child takes lunch to school. Sometimes, it seems, that we parents just can’t catch a break. And then if we want to go the healthier route? Forget it.

Or so it would seem, anyway.

There is a solution to this problem and it starts with Whole Foods Market and their 365 Everyday Value product line.

We recently made our first visit to the local Whole Foods Market in Albany and boy was it an experience. I hadn’t been into a Whole Foods since we lived in California many years ago. But now that I know what it’s like at the store in Albany, I will definitely make a few more trips in the near future. I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to buy but I still took my time to get familiar with the store.

When I go grocery shopping (and especially with a child), I make a list of ingredients so I’m not buying things I don’t need.

For this particular trip, I wanted to get items to make a family favorite (and toddler approved) Mac and Cheese along with a few things for an easy breakfast.

When we got home, I was able to put everything together for an easy lunch.

spinach and salmon mac and cheese

We absolutely love mac and cheese but I’m always looking for ways to make it a little more healthy. So this time around I added frozen chopped spinach and salmon.

salmon burgers in the pan

It started with Whole Catch Alaskan salmon burgers in a pan. Once those started to cook a bit, I broke them up while on the back burner, I had a pot of water boiling for the mac and cheese.

mixing in the spinach and cheese

Once the salmon was cooked, I added in a bag of frozen chopped spinach, butter, the cheese packets from two boxes of mac and cheese and milk. All from the 365 Everyday Value product line.

salmon spinach mac and cheese

And once the shells were cooked, I mixed those in.

squeaker enjoys lunch

Toddler approved!


Yield: 4 servings

Salmon and Spinach Mac & Cheese

Salmon and Spinach Mac & Cheese

Savory and packed with protein

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Two boxes of mac and cheese
  • 1 bag of frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 frozen Salmon burgers
  • butter
  • milk


  1. In a large pan, heat and cook the salmon burgers. Once they are hot, break them up in the pan.
  2. While those are cooking, begin boiling water to cook the pasta
  3. Once the salmon is cooked, add in the frozen chopped spinach
  4. Let that cook for a bit and then add in the butter, cheese packets, and milk.
  5. Cook the pasta according to the box directions and after draining, add into the salmon and spinach mixture

I absolutely love how this turned out and this just proves to me that yes, it is possible to save money and still eat healthy.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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