Food supplies are one of the largest expenses you can have, no matter whether you live alone or not. This is why weekly meal plans work the best if you want to keep track of your costs, eat healthy while remaining low on budget. If you are looking for some new budget-friendly recipes for you or your family, then keep reading – you’ve come at the right place.
According to some global statistics, the average family of four spends around $1000 per month on food only. That’s quite a lot, considering that families waste around a third of their food supplies each month. If you consider preparing meals that will be cost savvy but at the same time delicious, don’t worry because that is achievable. We’ve included our favourite lunch ideas on a budget that you can try right now, because you may already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen. So whether you’re working remotely, prefer restaurant meals or simply want to eat a healthy snack while browsing online bingo games at trusted bingo sites – we got you covered.
Barbeque Chicken Pot Pie
This is comfort food at its finest. If you have some chicken leftovers, top them with cheesy cornbread to cook an impressive, delicious dish.
This meal starts with BBQ chicken grilled, shredded and tossed with baked beans, roasted corn, green bell pepper and a cheesy cornbread like a finish on top. These are the instructions to prepare this meal:
*2 pounds chicken tenderloins
*2 tbsp olive oil
*¾ cup smoky flavoured BBQ sauce
*1 can of cooked beans
*1 fire-roasted corn
*½ medium green bell pepper
*1 cornbread mix
*2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 375⁰ F. Spray the baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside. Set the grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the chicken with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the pan and cook it for 5-8 minutes. Brush each side of the chicken with sauce while the other side is cooking. Transfer the chicken in a bowl and shred it with a fork. Add the beans, corn, bell pepper and remaining BBQ sauce and give it a good stir. In a separate bowl mix the baking mix, milk and egg and 1 cup of cheese. Spread the cornbread mixture evenly over the chicken mixture. Bake it for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle the top with remaining cheese, so it melts on the top.
Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa and chickpeas pack this bowl with plenty of protein. Prepare this meal in advance and pack in containers with lids to stash in the fridge for an easy, healthy grab and go dinner.
*1 jar roasted and rinsed bell peppers
*¼ cup slivered almonds
*4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*1 clove minced garlic
*1 tsp paprika
*½ tsp ground cumin
*¼ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
*2 cups cooked quinoa
*¼ cup Kalamata olives
*¼ cup finely chopped red onion
*1 can of rinsed chickpeas
*1 cup diced cucumber
*¼ cup feta cheese
*2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Place the peppers, almonds, 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin and crushed red pepper in a mini food processor. Puree until you get a fairly smooth sauce. Combine the quinoa, olives, red onion and remaining oil in a medium bowl. To serve, divide the quinoa mixture among 4 bowls and top with equal amounts of the chickpeas, cucumber and red pepper sauce. In the end, sprinkle with feta cheese and parsley for a nice finish, and you have a healthy, delicious meal.
Veggie Pasta Salad
Yes, pasta can also turn into a delicious salad rich in proteins. Since it is served cold, it is an ideal meal for the summer days to whip up quickly and keep it in the fridge. Without further ado, here is a simple but delicious pasta meal recipe:
*1 pack of pasta, whichever you fancy
*1 bag (400-500 grams) of frozen vegetables, your choice
*4 tbsp sesame oil
*4 tbsp soy/ tamari sauce
*1 tbsp maple syrup
*1 clove crushed garlic
*2 tbsp dry herbs mix
Cook the pasta according to the instructions. While the pasta is boiling, place the veggies in a pan with boiling water for 3-4 minutes. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and rinse it under cold water and then add it to a serving dish. Do the same with the vegetable mix. Pour the veggies in the pasta dish and mix it all. Pour over the sauce mix, and you have a fast, fresh and simple pasta salad.
We hope you like some of our choices for a healthy budget-friendly meal. Try something new and make a mix of your leftovers, experiment and be creative- you’ll cook something delicious.