Eating cheap and eating healthy seem to constantly be working against each other when I’m doing my meal planning. I’ve done some work and today i’m sharing several meals that have that happy place that I call “cheap, healthy(ish) meals”. Enjoy!
Benson Family Pot Roast
This recipe is one that i’ve enjoyed all throughout my life, and am very thankful to my mom for introducing it to me! Take a large eye round roast, one can of Campbell’s GOLDEN (NOT CREAM) mushroom soup, 3/4 can of water, Lipton Secrets onion packet, sliced and peeled potatoes and carrots, and place everything in a crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours while the sweet aroma fills your home. This meal is wonderful fresh but the meat also makes amazing sandwiches for leftovers!
Chicken Sausage and Veggies
Chicken sausage is by no means the cheapest protein option, but its easy to meal prep and is still more affordable and healthy than a trip through the fast food line. I pick my favorite chicken sausage (right now it’s a caprese blend), slice it up along with a variety of peppers and red onion, and place on a foil lined backing sheet. I coat everything in EVOO, Italian seasonings, and garlic powder then pop it in the oven at 400* for 20 minutes. This can be enjoyed plan, or I also like to wrap it up in a warmed tortilla with a little cheese and fresh basil from my garden for a delicious wrap. You can also add this mix to a bed of rice or mashed potatoes! The possibilities are pretty endless.
We are huge fans of anything on the grill, and burgers are such a less expensive option than some of the other things we chose to grill! To make things lower carb we generally eat our burgers without buns, and instead I make up a McKormick brown gravy packet with sautéed red onions. This on a bed of mashed potatoes and fresh veggies is the bomb! It’s such a good change of pace from normal cheeseburgers.
Grilled (Baked!) Chicken Wings
If you’ve been following my blog, you know Kevin and I are big fans of bar food and anything super unhealthy. To combat cravings, we bake our chicken wings that we pick up from Costco for very cheap. Check out my blog post on that to grab the recipe!
Crockpot Mexican Chicken
We are both huge fans of Mexican food, so this easy recipe fits right into our weekly meals. I put a pound of chicken, a small can of tomato sauce (diced tomatoes work too) and about 1/4 C taco seasoning (more or less depending on your taste) in the crockpot and cook for 4 -6 hours on low. Remove the chicken breast and pull apart with two forks. return to the sauce mix in your crockpot and let sit for 5-10 minutes for all the juices to soak into the chicken really good. Enjoy this on tacos, salad, nachos – you name it! This is served best with cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and avocado.
What are some of your favorite low budget meals that aren’t pasta or pizza?