(Closed) Healthy yet Thrifty Meals

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I like making dinners that are big enough for a few meals, making it more economical. 

I like to do a roasted chicken with some fresh veggies. With just two of us, the chicken lasts 2-3 meals. So it is worth the paying for a whole chicken. 

Also turkey chili. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m going to follow this thread and hope other bees post as well.

Today I am making my mothers bean recipe. I’m not sure how “healthy” it is since it has more salt than we typically use, but you can always just omit/use less salt.

 

FH specifically requests it on NFL Sundays. I am going to heat a larger pot and throw in probably half of a chopped onion. I always like to let it cook for a few minutes since I love how good it smells. Then, I will add and boil about 5 cups of water (in the same pot) and throw in beef bouillon cubes following the direction on the box. Add pinto beans, half of a small package of salt pork. Then add cilantro and chili powder to taste. It cooks in about 4 hours without soaking the beans. I do have to add water every 30 minutes. I think that’s everything… I can never remember until I cook them so if I forgot something I’ll come back and edit.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our go to meal is black beans (with a touch of garlic and oil), sauteed greens (usually swiss chard- frozen is the best we can do in our area during the winter), and brown rice plain.

It sounds boring but it is delicious… I put lemon the chard and it soaks it up while it’s sauteing. To make the beans flavorful you can add different spices and add some cilantro, green pepper and onion puree…

Works with white beans too!

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We do a lot with lentils and beans – when they’re dry, there’s no sodium like you typically have in canned beans, which is good. We make lentil soup, black bean soup, beans and rice, lentils with roasted cauliflower. Also vegetarian chili – beans, canned tomatoes or a couple fresh tomatoes, spices.

A PP’s advice of a whole chicken is a good one. When you’re two people, a small chicken will give you one meal the first night, plus leftovers for sandwiches/quesadillas/soup/salad. With roasting veggies like potato/sweet potato/turnip/parsnip/carrot, it’s really quite cost effective as those veggies tend not to be very expensive.

ETA- veggie soups, also. We regularly do carrot soup, cauliflower (sometimes with potatoes as well and cheese), brocolli (with or without cheese), squash (I also like to add carrots and potatoes to thicken it).

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@RunningGal:  I made veggie chili last night, and it was really good and works out to be fairly cheap per portion.

I used canned beans so the sodium is a bit higher, but next time I am going to soak my own. 


Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LilacViolet:  Sodium isn’t too bad if you rinse the beans really well. I was skeptical about this but Richard Simmons confirmed it’s okay if you rinse 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@maplemag:  Oh really?? Good news for me because I rinse them very well! Thanks!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love getting a whole chicken and roasting it for a meal with veggies.  The next day I boil the bones and make chicken stock for soup and add leftover chicken and make dumplings.  SO GOOD!

Also, good old burritos are cost effective and healthy.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We do several chicken dishes as well and just mix up the fresh veggies. I usually also use left over chicken for a nice salad at lunch time.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check out emeals.com .  David Ramsey recommends it and my Darling Husband and I started their “clean eating” plan in November and it’s totally changed our lives (weight and wallet).  Highly recommended!!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Sweet potato and black bean burritos! I make a bunch at a time and freeze them…healthy and cheap.

You might look into getting a CSA share. Depending on where you live, having a regular supply of fresh, seasonal produce is awesome. Mine has totally changed the way the Boyfriend or Best Friend and I eat — we definitely spend less on food and have a much healthier diet.  It’s a fun challenge learning how to cook the different stuff we get – I am by no means a fancy cook, but I’m learning!

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I do black bean quesadillas and veggie soups

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