Making food that is good for you does not have to cost a fortune. It’s about a little creativity mixed in with some fun to have cheap healthy meals that are satisfying enough for your entire family.
thing that anyone can do is eliminate the fat from their favorite meals
and substitute with choices that have both fiber and nutritional value!
Ground white meat: this low-fat alternative to beef and pork is
on the rise as another alternative. Not only are these available in
ground form, but also in prepared meats such as sausage and sliced deli
meat – which makes them far healthier than the traditional pork sausage.
Meals like burgers, meatloaf, chili and even stroganoff can be made
with ground white meat.
Dry pasta: this economical staple can
be used as an entrée or side dish. Another advantage is that is cooks
in little time, especially thin pasta like angel hair and spaghetti.
When mixed with cooked meat or vegetables, it can be topped in variety
of ways such as different soups, gravies and sauces. Lastly, because it
is sold in large volume, one package can be used for several meals.
frozen vegetables like spinach, broccoli, mixed and stir-fry varieties
can be used a number of ways. Mixed with meat or a dense vegetable
such as eggplant, Portobello mushroom, butternut squash or sweet potato,
this can make for a filling entrée that can be prepared on a stovetop
or oven in little time. For those looking to save money, getting cut,
frozen vegetables is a good idea.
Rice: not only is this
inexpensive but easy to make. By cooking a cup of rice in hot water for
about 20 minutes, you can add a little bit of butter and rice for a
delicious breakfast. Serve with steamed broccoli and teriyaki sauce for
a quick nutritious meal or by adding a couple of meat patties, top with
brown sauce and sautéed onions for a fast meal that can be made in
Potato: there was a time when potatoes were the enemy
with the no-carb craze from the early 2000s. The truth is that potatoes
are good for you as they are high in potassium, Vitamins B6 and C.
Another factor is that potatoes do not have to be drenched in oil or
cheese in order to be edible. One popular and quick recipe is to cut a
russet potato into bite-size pieces, soak in warm water for half an
hour, drain and cover with dry onion soup, Preheat oven at 350 degree
while mixing evenly. Place in casserole dish, cover and let cook for 45
minutes. For a crisp potato, add a tablespoon of canola oil to the mix
and cook while uncovered.
Beans: cheap, high in fiber and fun
to eat but if you’re cooking dry beans at home; you can take some of the
“fun” away by adding a pinch of baking soda to the water while they
cook. The only beans you may want to steer clear of are canned refried
beans that are cooked in lard. Use beans as a replacement for meat in
burritos, salads, casseroles, quesadillas and rice dishes.
These simple meal ideas can boost your health and your pocketbook!
Article written by Sean K from Blog Content Guild