Super Quick and Healthy Dinners on a Tight Budget
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Ever have those times when you are not able to spend much on groceries, but you also don’t have much time to cook? And you want to eat healthy? Here are some meals that are cheap, healthy, and super quick!
Grilled Cheeses and a Frozen Vegetable
The classic grilled cheese sandwich can be a very cheap meal. Even with high quality bread like Dave’s Killer Bread, each grilled cheese will cost only about a $1 (My local grocery store sells Dave’s Killer Bread for around $5.00.) Serve with a non starchy vegetable like frozen broccoli. Boil the broccoli and add some butter. Super easy and good!
Eggs for Dinner
Fried eggs are very quick. We love ours fried in coconut oil. Sometimes, I heat up some rice in a little coconut oil using the same pan we used for the eggs. Here are the steps I follow to cook the eggs and heat up the rice quickly and to not have to dirty another pan:
- Before adding the eggs to the pan, heat the pan until it is starting to get hot, then add the oil. (A hot pan and cold oil help to make stainless steel pans more non stick.) Once the oil is melted, I add the eggs.
- After I have taken the eggs out of the pan, I add a little water to the pan if there is any stuck on egg, and heat up the water and scrape out the pan.
- Then, I pour the water out of the pan and set it on the heat for a minute to dry out the water. (Never leave the pan when you do this-don’t ask me how I know!)
- As soon as it is dry, melt some coconut oil in the pan and some leftover rice. Cover the pan and cook on medium or medium low. In a few minutes you will have some yummy rice to eat with your eggs!
Another super quick way to get a meal on the table is to scramble eggs. Scrambled eggs are super quick and can be eaten with toast.
If you have some leftover rice, scrambled eggs can be made into a stir fry.
Cheese Biscuits and Roasted Vegetables
These Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with Yogurt and Almond Flour are full of protein and can work as a meal with some simple roasted vegetables. Each biscuit has almost 8 grams of protein and only 3 grams of carbs. Eat 2-3 of these biscuits with the vegetables and you have a well rounded meal. (It is hard to eat to many vegetables :))
The whole meal is around $2.00 per adult serving. (You can get a cheap block of Walmart cheese to make the biscuits. Almond flour is available here.) The biscuits freeze well so you could save the rest for another meal.
If you wanted you could even double the recipe, so you would have lots of biscuits to freeze. Then you would only have to roast the vegetables and reheat the biscuits-bam-supper! My sister uses the word bam all the time and I have always wanted to use it. 🙂
This meal is paleo, and full of healthy fats and vegetables!
How to Use the Frozen Chicken
The cooked chicken and can be used in many ways-use it in any recipe that calls for shredded chicken, chopped chicken, cubed chicken etc. Since the chicken is precooked dinner can be made very quickly.One way to use the frozen chicken is to make chicken taco filling and serve tacos. You could also make a stir fry with rice, chicken, soy sauce, oil, and some vegetables-like this one.
How to Use the Broth from the Chicken
The chicken broth can also be frozen in recipe size portions. The broth can be used in many recipes including soup and can also replace water in recipes for more added flavor. For example, you could cook your rice in it. Remember that whenever you use the broth in your meal, you can use less chicken and still get enough protein for a healthy meal. This makes the meal a lot cheaper.Here is a recipe to use both the chicken and the broth-White Chicken Chili.