Creating food that is appealing to the eye, delicious to the taste, and friendly to the budget is a challenge. This challenge can be met by using wholesome ingredients and preparing foods in a healthy method that reduces grease and unnecessary sauces. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes for people who are on a budget can be prepared and served within thirty minutes or less for a quick and delicious meal any time. Here are some delicious and affordable recipes for you can cook up in a flash, brought to you by the guys who can give you the best advice on how to choose the right savings account.
Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice
Cook a whole chicken on medium-low heat in a crock pot for 6-8 hours. Whole grain wild rice works best for this recipe. Purchasing the rice in large quantities will provide for extra savings and the left-over rice may be used in the future for a variety of healthy and delicious side dishes and simple casseroles.
Once the rice has been cooked according to package instructions, set a large non-stick pan on the stove at medium heat and pour the rice in the pan. Add three cups of cooked chicken and set the remainder of the chicken aside to refrigerate. The left-over chicken may be used for sandwiches on the following day. Toss in two cups of fresh, chopped broccoli and drizzle the ingredients with olive oil. Add sea salt, lemon pepper, and soy sauce and cook on medium heat, stirring often until broccoli is tender. Serve with parsley sprinkled over the food.
Whole Wheat Vegetarian Hoagies
For this tasty and simple lunch, lightly toast whole wheat Italian hoagies in the oven for three minutes until the crusts are slightly crunchy. Spoon extra virgin olive oil onto the toasted bread, and add garlic powder and pepper. Then layer fresh kale, Boston lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, banana peppers, black olives, and red onions on the sandwich. Spoon a teaspoon of plain Greek yogurt on the sandwich and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the yogurt. Serve with fresh finger vegetables or cold strawberries.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Pancakes with Fruit
Replace traditional white flour with whole wheat flour for this tasty and affordable breakfast recipe. Mix together by hand three cups of whole wheat flour, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, half a cup of Splenda, a pinch of salt, two eggs, one and a half cups of skim milk, and one cup of fresh, diced strawberries. Pour the mixture onto a heated, non-stick pan that has been coated with olive oil and cook pancakes on medium-high heat for two-three minutes on each side. Sprinkle more fresh strawberries on top and add a light sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Fancy Budget Salad with Walnuts
This low-budget salad works great as a meal in its own, or as an added touch to a sandwich or main dish. Rinse and chop one head of kale, one head of spring lettuce, and one head of Romaine lettuce. Put lettuce into a large bowl and toss in sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced green olives, dried cranberries, walnuts, and a light amount of shredded cheddar cheese. For a healthy dressing replacement to the standard salad dressing, use flavored olive oil or flavored Greek yogurt. This salad is a crunchy meal that has an appealing combination of sweet and salty flavor.
Low-fat Tangy Meatballs
In a large bowl, mix together two pounds of ground turkey, two teaspoons of ground sage, two eggs, one cup of Italian breadcrumbs, and a quarter cup of skim milk. In a separate bowl, whisk together three cups of three cups of tomato sauce, a quarter cup of soy sauce, one tablespoon of brown sugar, two tablespoons of liquid smoke, and one teaspoon of white vinegar.
Form the meat mixture into meatballs and cook on medium-high heat, turning the meatballs often with a fork. Cook the meatballs for approximately eight minutes on the range and then place them into a non-stick baking pan. Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the meatballs; cover the pan and bake in the oven for twenty-five minutes at 300 degrees.