(Closed) Favorite healthy, budget friendly meal?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love cook quinoa in a big pan so I can steam broccoli over it. Then I stir the soft broccoli and a little parmesan cheese into the quinoa till its all mushed together. If I’m feeling really adventurous, I stick some chicken it, then bake in the oven for like 20 minutes.

I use frozen broccoli and quinoa is pretty inexpensive if you buy it in the bags (the $10 bag from whole foods makes like 15 servings).

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I love making vegetarian chili.  i buy no-name beans (2-3 varieties), corn, peppers, tomatoes, etc, and let it cook in the crock pot.  My Fiance never even noticed there wasn’t any meat it in, which is awesome because he’s a total meat lover.  I can make a whole pot for under $10 which includes supper, left overs for lunch and some to freeze. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

crock pot chili. white beans, rotel w/the tomatoes and peppers, black beans, kidney beans, beer or chicken broth, chocolate sauce & spices. love it. i guess it could use some veggies to make it “healthy” but ohwell

 

lol ok now that i read this it totally doesn’tsound healthy at all but it’s like a tbsp of chocolate sauce 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

curried lentils with veggies and chicken. yummmm

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I make a sweet potato chili which is really cheap, but really delicious and healthy.  It has diced sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, tomatoes, black beans, peppers and a little cocoa powder.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Refried black beans with caramelized peppers & onions on basmati rice. I made this last night. It costs about 5$ for 4-6 portions (depending on how hungry your are).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re having turkey sausage goat cheese and whole wheat couscous stuffed red peppers tonight. I can not wait!

 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yeah crock pot chili is probably the cheapest healthy meal I make because I can get away with a lot of canned stuff (beans, corn, etc). It’s really crazy, but eating healthy is way more expensive than eating crap. Which is a very sad thing 🙁 I find that I spend the most money on fresh produce and meat.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Spaghetti Squash & some grass fed ground beef with a little bit of pasta sauce. Should cost you under $10 and be very filling!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Chicken and cabbage mexican soup.

Basically I roast the chicken, the remove the meat (you can use bone in split breasts or a whole roasted chicken)

Use the bones to make stock

Then sautee garlic, cabbage, onion, celery, carrots 1/2 jalepeno (or any veggies you like)

Add the broth, oregano, season to taste and cumin and a can of tomatoes and frozen peas simmer till soft. Add the chicken, some cilantro and lime and serve.

It makes a TON! so you can freeze for later.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@hma812:  That sounds delicious!  Anything with goat cheese is a winner in my book!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Marking this, these all sound delicious!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Stir Fry!

I usually buy some chicken breast, cut it into strips, a bag of frozen veggies (They have great pre-packaged veggie blends for stir fry) and a bottle of stir fry sauce.  If Fiance is feeling it, I’ll buy some linguine to toss with it, kind of like a lo-mein.

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