6 Inexpensive Recipes for a Healthy Body
It’s good to be healthy, but what happens when your budget is tight and you can’t shop the way you want? Instead of sacrificing quality for quantity, it’s better to find some healthy but affordable ingredients, and whip up a meal that’s both tasty and easy on your budget. Get into the swing of things with these six inexpensive recipes for a healthy body. You can do more on a tight budget than you think!
1. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadilla
This sweet potato and black bean quesadilla recipe is really affordable, especially if you already have black beans, flour tortillas, or a sweet potato or two on hand! If not, bags of dry beans are insanely affordable, and you will be able to get one for under two dollars. Catch a good sale or use a coupon, and you can get a can of beans for $0.50 or less!
There are plenty of basic tortilla recipes online that you can also make if you don’t have any flour tortillas. Mix this and that in; omit the cheese, add some onions, and throw in some tomatoes or cinnamon. You don’t have to make this quesadilla exactly like the recipe. Let your budget make you creative – you may discover that the dish is actually more flavorful for it. If you have nonstick cookware or a large enough pan, you can certainly make this dish!
● 1 sweet potato
● 2 garlic cloves
● Bell pepper
● Olive oil
● 1/4-1/2 can of beans to 1/2-1/4 cup of beans
● 1 tablespoon chili powder/cayenne, cinnamon
● 1 teaspoon paprika, cumin, salt
1. Cut potatoes into chunks and boil until tender.
2. Strain and return, mashing and mixing in your spices. Feel free to add in a small bit of butter or olive oil if you like!
3. Take your onion and bell pepper and cut, cooking up in a pan for three minutes.
4. Add the garlic and salt, cooking five minutes and then mixing into sweet potato mixture.
At this point, you’ll either have rinsed or strained your canned black beans (the easy way) or cooked your beans to perfection (the difficult way that involves soaking them the night before). Take your tortilla and put it in the pan on medium heat.
1. Take spoonfuls of the filling onto the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese if you have it on hand.
2. Add everything and anything else on top and then place another tortilla on top.
3. Flip the tortilla and keep flipping until they’re golden brown and pleasantly crispy.
You can serve this tortilla with virtually any basic condiment or topping under the sun, including: sour cream, honey mustard, honey and soy sauce with ginger, Ranch dressing… the list goes on and on. If you don’t have sweet potatoes but want to do a similar recipe, see what you have. Even spring onions, cream cheese, Sriracha, and spinach can make an incredible quesadilla.
2. Vegetable Mac and Cheese
Easy to make and endlessly versatile in terms of potential ingredients used, veggie mac and cheese might just become your new favorite recipe. It’s time to get innovative. Don’t have panko? Use bread crumbs, crackers, ground cereal, or toast up some stale pieces of bread left over and blend or pestle them up – instant crumbs. You don’t need a blender for green smoothie making when you have this savory yet complete comfort food on hand.
● 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
● 3 cups elbow macaroni or any small shaped pasta on hand
● 3/4 cup milk
● 1 cup Broccoli
● 1/2 Onion
● Beans, squash, or any other vegetable you have on hand
● Dash of paprika
● Salt and pepper
● 5 tablespoons cream cheese (or any cheese on hand)
● 2 teaspoons mustard
● 3 tablespoons flour
● 1 1/2 cups cheese
1. Heat your broiler and mix panko and paprika with salt and pepper.
2. Boil some water and add salt; cook macaroni in it. You’ll want it slightly al dente because it will keep cooking.
3. Add the broccoli two minutes before it’s done and strain before returning to the pot.
4. Mix together the flour, milk, salt, and pepper in a saucepan, cooking over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
5. Mix in cream cheese and mustard until its smooth, then take off the heat and stir in cheese, pouring liquid mixture over cooked macaroni or pasta.
6. Put into a baking dish, sprinkling your crumbs on top and coating with a cooking spray.
You’re going to want to cook this for 2 minutes until it is sufficiently golden on top! This recipe is amazing and so healthy that you could eat it every week and be totally fine.
3. Ground Turkey and Black Bean Chili
This recipe is not only easy, it’s hearty and full of fiber. You can add any vegetable or any ingredient to this one – the sky’s the limit. This chili is a great choice for the fall or winter, but also works really well for the summer. Fry up some tortilla strips to go on top or just add anything else you might have such as sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, yogurt, cilantro, or raw onion… the list goes on and on.
● 1 1/2 ounces ground turkey
● 1 small onion
● 1 bell pepper
● 4 cloves garlic
● 1 can black beans
● Salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, paprika, hot sauce
● 3/4 cup beef or chicken broth
1. Put a little oil or use a nonstick skillet and cook the turkey.
2. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook over medium heat until the turkey is mostly cooked through.
3. Drain the fat and transfer to a pot or slow cooker.
4. Add your broth, veggies, and spices and then cook.
5. You’ll want to cook at a low simmer for 45 minutes then allowing it to sit.
This recipe gets even better the next day. You can eat it with toast, crackers, and sour cream on top – anything!
4. Rice Bowls with Bacon, Egg, and Caramelized Onions
– 2 cups brown rice
– 1 package bacon
– 4 eggs
– 1 1/2 onions
• Cook 2 cups rice in rice cooker with 2 1/2 cups water and salt.
• Cook the bacon in a pan while the rice is cooking.
• Take bacon out, leaving the fat in. You’ll use this to fry up your onions.
• Cook your onions in the bacon oil on medium low heat to the level that you desire.
• You can either fry your eggs in the pan, or boil them and open with a fork or chopsticks over your rice.
• Drizzle your rice with the bacon fat for extra flavor.
For this one, you don’t need salt at all; the flavors of the natural food you’re using is more than enough! This dish has fiber, protein, necessary fats, minerals, and more! It’s great for dinner or as a wonderful way to start your day.
5. Balsamic Vegetable Bake
This roasted recipe is divine. It’s so easy to prep and it’s even easier to cook. Typically, this dish can be made with potatoes or sweet potatoes, onions, and green beans, but you can add just about anything to this recipe and it will taste amazing. You can add in asparagus, zucchini, squash, carrots, tomatoes – any veggie will taste great. A balsamic and olive oil drizzle on top and thorough roasting in the oven will bring out the incredible flavors of your vegetables while the oil helps everything get crispy and the balsamic vinegar provides a unique tangy note.
● 3-5 Sweet potatoes/any potatoes
● 2 onions
● 3-4 garlic cloves
● Handful green beans
● Balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut up vegetables. Toss with olive oil in a bowl, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Once in the pan, drizzle with balsamic, then cook for 30 minutes.
6. Poor Man’s Stew
This budget-friendly take on beef stew will have you wondering why you didn’t start looking for the easy-on-the-wallet dishes sooner! Delicious, simple, and totally filling: this dish is awesome.
● Package ground beef
● 4 potatoes
● 1 onion
● 3 carrots
● 2 garlic cloves
● 2 teaspoons salt, oregano, pepper, onion powder
● 1 cup tomatoes or 1 can tomato paste
1. Cook your ground beef and cook onion, carrots and garlic. After two minutes, add to pot.
2. Mix spices along with your water and the tomato paste in a bowl, pouring over your vegetables in the pot, mix and cover, cooking on low for 45 minutes.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This is sort of like a beef stew, except being for people who are on a budget. It’s still pretty delicious and jam-packed with nutrients — give it a try and see!
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