Yes. It’s true. You can make delicious meals at an affordable price. The average meal cooked at home will average around $15-$20 a meal and they barely stretch far enough to feed your entire family for dinner.
Over the years of cooking homemade meals I learned very early on that food has gotten super expensive, especially healthy food. The average person will spend $200 at the grocery store weekly, or $600-$800 monthly. No wonder people are flocking to Ramen Noodles and Pizza Rolls. It’s cheap and goes a long way. In turn, our health is suffering and as of now, 1 in every 3 Americans are obese. Some may wonder why, but most of us already know. Healthy Food is simply too expensive and many of us can’t afford to expand our grocery budget even further.
Me and Mr.B have really gotten the urge to eat healthier, but our food budget is already more than we are comfortable with, which is something many wives can relate to. I wasn’t going to just give up and run back to my unhealthy foods, instead I got creative and came up with two healthy meals, that were cost effective, and went a long way.
A big tip in purchasing healthy foods without breaking the bank is to buy items that you can use more than once. Which is what my two meals are really focused on. Not only are they healthy but I fed my family 3 meals, between 2 dinners, at the cost of 1.
Just because you cut costs, doesn’t mean you cut quality either. My family gobbled these meals up, and were left wanting even more. So let’s take a look at the shopping list:
- 1 Beef of Roast
- 1 large bag of Baby Carrots
- 1 Small Can of Beef Broth
- 1 5lb bag of Potatoes (you’re favorite will work just fine)
- 1 48oz Can of Tomato Juice
- 1 bag of Frozen Green Beans
- 1 Bag of Frozen Corn
- Basil Leaves or Basil the Spice Isle
*I shopped at Kroger, your local grocery store may vary in slightly prices.
So on to Meal #1: Roast
The first meal I made was a classic pot roast full of flavor. It’s amazingly easy to make (can we say slow cooker?!) and it’s DELICIOUS. It is sure to specially please the meat and potato lover (like my hubby). Go ahead and slice up about 5-6 potatoes.
So first thing’s first: Empty your can of Beef Broth into the bottom of your slow cooker, like so…
Next drop your Roast into the broth and cover with salt and pepper to taste (I also added in some seasoned salt I had in the pantry, but this is optional.)
then add a layer of potatoes right on top and cover with some salt (regular or seasoned)
and then do the same with your carrots
Keep Layering Potatoes and Carrots until you run out (use your whole bag of carrots).
After the layering is done, fill your pot up with water until everything is nice and covered.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (cooking times may vary with each slow cooker.)
All that’s left is to enjoy 🙂
That’s it for the first meal! It took hardly any prep time and it filled our bellies up, all while getting our veggie servings.
Pour your roast into an air tight bowl for safe keeping in the fridge over night for meal #2.
Meal #2: Veggie Soup!
Meal #2 also requires very minimal work and this one cooks in a lot less time.
What you will want to do first is drain the water from the roast and get it ready for this yummy Veggie Soup!
As you are letting it drain, let your tomato juice and about 5 tablespoons of basil (or 3 leaves) come to a simmer on medium high heat.
Once it reaches a simmer, add in your green beans and corn (thawed).
While it’s simmering, cut up your meat and veggies from the roast into bite sized pieces. Then throw them into the soup along with some salt and pepper for taste.
Allow it to simmer for at least 30 minutes, then scoop out a giant bowl full to cool a few minutes before serving.
This soup lasted for dinner AND for lunch the next day for my family. It is delicious and loaded with veggies. It is pleasing in all aspects and I see myself making it again in the near future, especially as fall weather approaches!
And there we have it. 3 meals, 2 dinners, all for the cost of 1. These recipes show that you can create delicious dinners without breaking the bank. It’s always a win when you can please your family and please your budget.
Share these recipes along with others who would enjoy this. I know so many people that struggle to create healthy meals for their family at an affordable cost. These recipes allow you to do both and keep your tummy happy.
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