Low-cost and Healthy Recipe Ideas for Dinner

By KatePage
May 19, 2018
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Author Notes: If you try to control your budget, you definitely know how much you spend on food and the number is quite solid. The market offers multiple alternatives for people trying to save money food. You can purchase delicious cheese from Italy for a pasta or the one from the local store that was produced in the USA. The difference in price is substantial but the difference in taste for a pasta is almost invisible.

Plus, you can find plenty of money saving blogs and download multiple apps to save money on groceries and they are much more than just “buy in bulk” tips. Read this article till the end if you want to get a pack of the fresh and effective money saving tips.

Control Your Portions

Controlling your portions is important for both your budget and your health. Try to eat as much food as you need to feel well-fed not full. Saturation comes in 20 minutes after a meal. Therefore, when you overeat, you won’t feel saturation, you will feel a pit in a stomach.

If you try to eat small portions, you will also see the reflection on your budget. Less meat and more greens with whole grain is the perfect match!

Don’t Be Afraid of Though Meat

Tough parts of beef or pork are cheaper (from $2 to $6 per pound) but eating them is like eating a piece of leather. Therefore, we mostly buy steaks which price starts from $10! The secret of the delicious tough beef or pork lies in a cooking process. Cook it longer (3 hours and more) and add liquid to it. These tips will help you to get a softer meat and save money!

Choose Money-Saving Pieces of Meat

Of course, you want to amuse your crowd with an amazing roasted crown rib or beef tenderloin but it will hit you a pocket. Instead, you can choose leg of lamb, turkey breast or pork shoulder. Your guests will never find out what you’ve just roasted! The right sauce and greens will fit every piece of meat. A good company will hide the replacement.

Pack Your Lunch

Of course, having a lunch on the cozy terrace with a perfect view is the perfect break in your work. Still, just count how much you spend monthly on such attractive lunches.

Pack a lunch at home. Firstly and obviously, it’s much cheaper. Secondly, it’s much healthier. You plan beforehand and, therefore, control your meal.

Feed Yourself not Birds

Have a stale bread? Don’t throw it to the birds. Just turn them into croutons and add them to salad or soup. By the way, here is a perfect recipe for the delicious cream of mushrooms soup you should definitely try!

You will need:

8 ounces fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons onions, chopped
1 -2 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 -3 tablespoons flour (separated)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup light cream or 1 cup evaporated milk
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

So, firstly, you should cut the mushrooms into slices. Then, melt butter and add onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Fry until the onions are dry. Add 2 tablespoons of flour and stir. Add the chicken broth and stir. Add cream and 1 tablespoon of flour and blend. Add salt, pepper. seasonings to your taste. Bon appetit!

Grow Your Own Greenery (if You Need)

If you consume much greenery (what is truly good), you can start growing your own! It won’t take much time and effort but you will enjoy the result – you will save money and you will definitely like the taste!

By the way, if you cook salad, you can add pasta (Farfalle) and Feta. The price for one portion is less than $3 but you will be well-fed.

Remember that buying in bulk isn’t the only option to save money. You should plan your meals and your shopping. Only this way, you will definitely learn how to save. Create lists and stick to them. Eat at home – save.

Serves: 2
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 30 min

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