Do you wish to prepare tasty dishes without breaking the bank or compromising flavors? You won’t believe how easy it is to cook your favorite dishes using beloved ingredients from your pantry, especially when you organize the latter from time to time and when you plan a consistent and budget-friendly meal calendar for several weeks!
Eating on a budget takes some creativity, patience and of course planning. The key to budget friendly cooking is to make use of your ingredients in different ways to create simple yet delicious meals. Here’s how you can plan week-worth meals without breaking the bank!
Chickpeas are a fantastic plant based protein option because they are filling and help keep your hunger under control. To kick start your week on a healthy note, consider planning a wholesome and inexpensive salad using only 4 ingredients. Just combine California Garden chickpeas with feta cubes and smother the whole with a tangy lemon-vinegar sauce. If available, add vegetables such as cucumbers and parsley for a good dose of greens.
Chicken and rice are the easiest to prepare and when combined with sautéed vegetables they can make up a wholesome and healthy meal. Just boil 1 cup of rice, fry 1 seasoned chicken breast in a bit of olive oil and stir fry 1 cup of Chinese vegetables with a little bit of butter. You’ve got yourself a wholesome and balanced dish using 3 main ingredients!
This is one of the easiest lunches to plan especially when you’re on a budget. Just boil a pack of rice noodles, combine it with grilled baby shrimps and add a touch of cilantro and tomato to end up with one healthy and nutritious meal! Enjoy alongside a delicious sweet chili sauce. See? It only takes 4 main ingredients!
Got some beef cubes? Why not prepare a delicious stir fry recipe? Boil beef cubes in advance and split them into 2 batches (we will use leftovers to prepare Friday’s lunch). On the side, stir fry ½ a cup of California Garden green peas, ½ a cup of California Garden sliced mushrooms and ¼ cup of California Garden corn with a little bit of butter. Enjoy with 1 cup of boiled quinoa!
You will only need 4 main ingredients to prepare this dish in addition to the one that’s left from the day before! Cook bulgur with 1 chopped onion, tomato sauce and your favorite seasonings, serve with leftover beef and California Garden sliced mushrooms. Taste is heavenly!
How about a wholesome salad rich in vitamins and proteins? The basis could be lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese but you can have fun and add the toppings of your choice depending on their availability. Why not upgrade it as well with California Garden chickpeas? You will fall in love!
If you got some ground beef in your freezer, now’s the time to turn it into meatballs. Fry the latter in some vegetable oil and enjoy beside refreshing coleslaw. You will not get enough!