Cheap Meals Made Quick With a Hint of Healthy

It’s not easy to make meals quick and easy and be healthy AND be cheap… or is it? It’s so important to make the right choices when it comes to food, after all you are what you eat (here we go…). 

Fact: Food costs money.
Fact: Some food tastes good and some food tastes bad.
Theory: Cooking is hard and takes soooo much effort.
Theory: Healthy food tastes bad and is expensive.
Fact: If you eat better you feel better.

Here are a few quick pointers and a recipe for preparing a quick and easy healthy meal that doesn’t break the bank to make.

All of these items needed below should be available at your local supermarket. When you are shopping check the prices, sometimes they offer a “home brand” which is often cheaper than name brand things. Each supermarket will have their own home brand. For this recipe you don’t need name brand ingredients! 

Buying meat at a supermarket is not ideal for a couple of reasons. Usually the meat is way more expensive than what you find in a butcher. It’s also not as fresh as the stuff you find at the butcher and they use all that packaging, so wasteful (and it’s hard to store). Butchers usually have deals on so you can often find something to MEAT (sigh) your budget 😉

Here’s the recipe I promised:

One Pot Chicken Pilaf (fancy aye)

cooking time = 20 minutes
prep time = 5mins

What you will need:

  • 1tsp (teaspoon) cooking oil (sunflower, olive oil)
  • 1 small onion chopped up
  • 250grams of boneless chicken chopped into chunks (thigh fillet is good)
  • 2tsp (teaspoon) of curry paste (there are a few different flavours, any will work with this recipe)
  • 1/3 of mug basmati rice
  • 2/3 mug chicken stock (you can buy the liquid stuff or the cubes. If you buy the cubes dissolve one in 2/3 of water)
  • 1.5 mugs frozen mixed veggies

 How you make it:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then fry the onion for 5-6 minutes until it seems soft. Add the chicken chunks and fry them for a bit until they look brown. Stir in the curry paste and the rice. Cook for another minute.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock and throw in any larger bits of your frozen veg mix. Bring to the boil then lower the heat to a low setting and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes then stir in the remaining veggies and cover with the lid again. Cook for another 10 minutes making sure the liquid has all been absorbed and the rice is cooked nicely.

You could add a little salt and pepper if you want, but then you’re done, you’re ready to eat!You can find this dish as well as other rocking recipes here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/ 

I’m interested to hear your recipes and any tips you have for shopping to a budget.

 

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3 thoughts on “Cheap Meals Made Quick With a Hint of Healthy

  1. I’m so happy I found your blog! I’m a student with a passion for healthy eating, but an EXTREMELY tight budget!

    Some of my own habits: I always check all the grocery stores’ online flyers before shopping to see what’s on sale and where. I allllwwwaaays by the no name brand, and I buy my fruit and veggies at markets where they’re cheaper!

    I’ve got a recipe on my blog for some delicious black bean soup that makes a tonne for less than five bucks! =) http://strugglingnotstarving.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/help-im-starving-and-my-parents-are-sick-of-sending-me-money-black-bean-soup/

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