Recently, I have been trying to buy healthy foods for little cost, the ideal shopping experience. Here are some meals I have been able to make healthy and cheap:
- Pizza or Stromboli
- Japanese Curry and Rice
- Chinese Stir Fry
- Peppers and Eggs
- Poor Man's Meal
- etc. The list is growing more all the time.
- baby carrots
- popcorn (whole kernel not pre-bagged)
- fruit smoothies
- sliced cucumbers
- sliced green peppers
A few things I am learning:
- break apart the favorite recipes and substitute whole foods (i.e. instead of refried beans from a can, I use whole pinto or whole black beans, ideally from a bag of dried beans.)
- Plan ahead: if I shop the sales and them plan out my meal options, I know what to look forward to making and how much to make.
- Make the most of freezer space: If I soak beans for tacos, I can make 5 taco meals in one day. Package the taco mix and freeze it.
- Whole foods not only taste better (more gourmet) but they also stay fresh longer and are more filling (I used to go up for seconds at every meal, with whole foods I am shocked how full I am after one plate)
- Rice and beans are extremely cheap and very healthy, add veggies and "voila", a balanced menu