Inflation has forced many of us to live on a fixed budget. Today, we are looking for ways to reduce food expenses, although still enjoy tasty and nutritious meals. While eating on cheap meals, it is important to think about the quality of the food you purchase. The food you eat has a direct impact on your health and mind. There are various cheap and easy meals that you cook at home to save your money and time as well. With right planning it is still possible to enjoy healthy food in low budget.
1. Mashed Potatoes With a Soft Boiled Egg
Mashed potatoes with a soft boiled egg could be really good home dish. The dish actually involves mixing the soft boiled egg straight into the mashed potatoes, you can also use cabbage rolls and stuff them with boiled egg.
2. Chicken Tossed with Bow Tie Pasta
This is one of the simplest recipes which are appropriate for your dinner. For this you need to heat oil in the pan and add chicken to it. Mix together chicken stock, cream, sugar, soy sauce, lemon rind and juice in a small bowl. Add cornstarch and combine it well. In the same pan, lightly brown minced garlic, and pour in the chicken stock and cream mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer, until thickens. Spoon in the chicken pieces and pasta, mix it well and add chopped parsley and serve hot with bread.
3. Japanese Rice Balls With Fish Inside
The dish is normally called onigiri and is really easy to make. Just take some sticky rice, cook and chop fish into small pieces. Then make balls out of the rice and fish, with fish forming the center and the rice packed around the outside. You can have this delicious dish with sauce.
Yoghurt is a very healthy food and a great source of protein. It reduces your craving for sweets, that is the reason many girls like taking yoghurt as their morning meal. You can make your yoghurt unique by adding a little honey or seasonal fruit.
4. Home Baked Items
Oatmeal cookies with rolled oats are a good example of a healthier, home baked dessert. You can reduce the amount of sugar in it, as cookies taste better with less portion of sugar.
5. Fried Rice
Fried rice is a fun and tasty way to use cooked rice that is left over from the previous meal. To cook this easy and cheap meal you need to crack egg in a small bowl and heat it. Add rice and a tablespoon of water. You can add soy sauce or other seasonings for flavor. This recipe is a nice way to make your left over food in use.
6. Cucumber and Fruit Salad
Salads are easy to prepare and make a healthy snack. You can simply prepare salads with slices of cucumber, tomato, carrots and shredded cabbage. Sprinkle salt and salad oil to make your salad flavored and tasty. Add the rice wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sugar, soy sauce and fresh ground pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly to coat cucumbers. You can also prepare Caesar salad by using croutons, romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and salad dressings. Besides these vegetable salad recipes, try mixed fruit salads that taste delicious. You can use your favorite seasonal fruits depending upon availability.