Paying for a decent meal can be rather costly nowadays. Even the dollar menu has turned into $1.50. The trend is natural or healthy eating. This can be achieved at high priced health food restaurants. However, we have found and tested the following budget-friendly menu items! You know, for those of us that do not want to spend $20.00 on a salad.
Chicken Ranch Wraps
All you need for this simple delicious meal are the following:
2 cups Chicken breasts, cooked
1/4 cup Cilantro
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
Just wrap all the ingredients in the tortilla and grill on the stove top!
Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup
Winter just started in some parts of the world. This is the best soup to have on a cold day! Not to mention, very budget friendly. For example, it can be eaten for leftovers! Check out the amazing recipe here.
Fish In Lemon And Butter Sauce
When I think healthy eating, fish is the first meat that comes to mind. This simple recipe is healthy and delicious! Two birds, one stone. You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb Cod
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1 Lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup Tartar Sauce (click for recipe)
- 1 tsp Primal Palate Garlic & Herb Seasoning, (sub: 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, to taste)
For the entire recipe please click HERE.
Pesto Chicken Bake
This recipe can be made for lunch or dinner. The mozzarella can be found on discount. Even being cost-effective, it still feels like an indulgence! You will need the following:
- 3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 4-6 Tablespoons Prepared Pesto
- 1-2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated
The remaining portion of the recipe can be found HERE.
Chicken Stir Fry
This is a delicious Asian inspired budget-friendly dish! You will need:
1 pound boneless skinless raw chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups veggies (I used broccoli, sugar snap peas, & bell peppers)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
toasted sesame seeds (optional)
4 Servings rice, cooked
- Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.
- Add chicken, garlic and ginger. Tip: I like to keep small jars of minced garlic and ginger in case I don’t have fresh on hand.
- Sautee 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is brown.
- Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the soy sauce and sugar.
- Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring twice. Add vegetables.
- After adding the vegetables, cover and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center and veggies are crisp-tender.
- Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup broth and then pour and stir into chicken mixture.
- Cook while stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened.
- Serve on top of rice, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired.
But what about snacks? We all need snacks from time to time even on a budget! Be sure that you purchase the following items in the organic area of the produce section. It may cost a tiny bit more, however, it is better for your health! Therefore, it might save you some money and time from not having to go to the doctor!
The following can be purchased in the non-organic section:
There you have it, tasty and healthy for your wallet meal ideas! Let us know down below if you have ever tried any of these!