Jennifer Causey for Cooking Light
February 9, 2015 4:47 PM EST

Cooking doesn’t have to be an expensive, labor-intensive chore. That notion may well be the legacy of Michelle Obama—“the First Lady of food”—who’s on the cover of Cooking Light this month.

Studies show that cooking at home is healthier and costs less than eating out, yet putting dinner on the table that’s both healthy and tasty is a scary proposition for many families. “A lot of people think that a meal requires some sautéing and sauces and double boilers,” Michelle Obama told Cooking Light in an interview. “I mean, it looks really intimidating. But broiling a chicken is probably one of the simplest, quickest things you can do.”

Inspired by Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! program, Cooking Light developed a curriculum for home cooks who want to make fast, healthy dinners for mere dollars. Each meal costs less than $12 for four people and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

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