Cost per serving: $1.69
Cost per meal: $6.75
Prep time: 45 minutes
Estimated calories per serving: 225
For this week’s budget meal I decided to go vegetarian and low carb with a zucchini and sweet potato frittata. (Bonus: It’s also Paleo-friendly!) A frittata is kind of like an omelet, only it’s fluffier and filled with more vegetables and such. It’s cooked in a unique way—you start it on the stove, and then you finish it in the oven. Sure, maybe it sounds like a breakfast food, but if you’re like me, then you probably don’t get around to making this type of thing for breakfast often. So why not try it for dinner? Continue reading
Cost per meal: $9.98
Cost per serving: $2.50
Prep time: 20 minutes
Estimated Calories: 385
Salads are a wonderful meal for any night of the week—they’re quick, easy to make, and for those of you who are trying to avoiding eating too many carbs, they’re a great way to up the veggie (and meat, if you like) count in your diet! Salads are pretty underrated, in my humble opinion. Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you off- It’s more than made up by a super quick and simple preparation process. Here is a recipe for a nutritious and filling southwestern chicken salad, adapted from two different recipes, found at Taste of Home and All Recipes.
Did you know that you can use finely ground almonds, pistachios, etc. instead of flour when you’re baking? This is great if you want to reduce your gluten intake, are aiming for a lighter flavor, or just want to give your dessert a slightly nutty flavor to whatever it is you are baking. And hey, it helps you get some protein in as well!
Cost per serving: $3.25
Cost per meal: $9.75
Prep time: 35 minutes
Estimated calories per serving: 400
For this week’s budget meal I’ve paired a Sweden-inspired entrée of meatballs and cream sauce with a delicious side of roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli. The cream sauce recipe is adapted from the one found in IKEA’s Real Swedish Food Book (hence the mL instead of cups) and uses milk instead of cream; the sweet potatoes and broccoli recipe is adapted from this one by Divas Can Cook.
Here is a tutorial on how to mince garlic using just a knife. But before we get to that, here is the scoop on what options you have regarding using minced garlic in cooking, ordered from easiest to most time-consuming.