Still looking for a few great budget healthy recipes? Here are some tasty, health, cost-effective, and totally simple meals you can prepare!
1. Easy Lemon Chicken
Lemon chicken is a great budget healthy recipe that even a beginner cook can make with ease. Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a cut you can get for 3-4 dollars per pound if you go to a discount store. In a hot, nonstick pan, cook the breasts until golden brown on both sides, and then add 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice along with a cup or so of chicken stock. Simmer the breasts in the liquid until they are cooked through, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Apple Spice Oatmeal
Oatmeal is something that tends to be a bit bland and boring, but you can really spice and sweeten it up with a few cheap, basic ingredients! Start by boiling one and half parts water for one part oatmeal, and add the oats when the water is at a rolling boil. At the same time, add small, thin bits of apple. Once the oats are done, add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the dish tastes just like you like.
3. Cranberry Tuna Salad
Tuna also has a reputation as a food that’s “just okay” but never great. Dispel that myth with this great budget healthy recipe! Start with a can of chunk light or albacore tuna, drained of the extra water. To the tuna, add 2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise, a pinch of salt, a handful of cranberries, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Mix the lot together, and you’ve got a delicious tuna salad!
4. Lean Minestrone
Most minestrones are made with Italian sausage or other fatty meats, but we’re going with a budget healthy recipe that uses ground turkey. Start by browning the turkey in a skillet with a bit of salt and pepper. Once it’s done, place the turkey in a slow-cooker with all the veggies you like. Pour in 3-4 cups of chicken broth, add dried oregano and basil, and cook on low or about 6 hours. Finish by adding your favorite small pasta like bowties or shells during the last 30 minute so of cooking, and serve with grated parmesan cheese!
5. Sugar-Free Parfaits
Parfaits are a fantastic dessert or breakfast item, but they usually contain tons of sugar! For a healthier, no-sugar-added version, buy some plain, low-fat yogurt and sweeten it up with some splenda and vanilla extract. Also, make some delicious and syrupy fruit by cooking slices strawberries and blueberries on low with some splenda, as well. Cool the fruit in the fridge, and then layer it with the sweetened yogurt and some low-fat granola.