Healthy? Check. Cheap? Check. Easy? Check. Filling? Check. Doesn’t get soggy in a lunchbox? Check. Completely delicious? Check. This lentil salad ticks all the boxes for a meal that will get you through the workday. If you can’t get to a microwave, it’s even surprisingly decent chilled. No time to roast the beets? No problem. Low-sodium canned beets will work just as well.
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Convinced you can’t eat healthy on a budget? Let us change your mind. Pair the recipes below with our tips and tricks for trimming the fat out of your diet and your grocery list for a meal plan that makes the most of every ingredient you buy.
Lentils get overlooked an awful lot in American cuisine, which is a shame, because they are just plain tasty. And cheap. And require very minimal labor to prep. This simple dish is a pretty great meal all on it’s own–just top off with your favorite hot sauce and enjoy. You can also use it as a hearty, filling side for a bigger meal. It also transports nicely for lunches…and if you want to top it with some greens and a poached egg and call it breakfast? We’ve heard worse ideas.
This is a fantastic recipe for using up odds and ends in your fridge and pantry. If you don’t have fresh mint on hand, don’t sweat it. You can substitute dried mint (1/2 t.) or even a couple drops of mint extract, in a pinch. No raisins on hand? Swap in chopped dates or juice-sweetened dried cranberries or even prunes. Great way to use up a little leftover tomato sauce from another recipe or a tomato that’s a little soft!
Eating less meat and more plant-based foods is not only a good idea according to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans: it’s also easier on your budget! That said, when you want meat, going with lean cuts of white meat like pork is both a better choice for nutrition and for your budget! Serve these simple, tasty pork chops with generous portions of veggies and a measured portion of whole grains for a complete and satisfying meal.
As we all transition from the extra expense and calories of celebrating the holidays into the belt-tightening (in more ways than one) of the new year, nutritious recipes that are easy on the budget are worth their weight in gold…or coins, at any rate. This roundup is easy on the wallet and the waistline, but doesn’t skimp on flavor for a minute. Enjoy this jumpstart for a healthier new year!
Getting the most out of your food budget means getting creative with recombining leftovers from previous meals to make a new complete meal. This sample pasta salad is some inspiration to get you started. If you don’t have all these ingredients on hand, use the odd veggies in the fridge and make the salad all your own