When it comes to preparing cheap healthy meals for family, many people think it is impossible to do so. However, if you plan and budget properly, you can definitely buy healthy foods that will make nutrition filled meals for your family. The truth is, eating healthy isn’t that expensive and we will now look at a few healthy meals that are cheap to create.
The first type of food that is extremely affordable and packed with nutrition are beans. Beans such as lentils, chick peas, red beans, black beans, black eyed peas etc. are full of fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates. Also, beans cost only a few cents or dollars in most grocery stores and one pack can make many meals for the entire family. Beans are packed with fiber and a cup of lentils has as much as 12 – 14 grams of fiber. If you consider that each human being needs between 25 – 30 grams of fiber per day, you can see that beans can quickly ensure you get your daily fiber requirement.
Also, the fact that beans have lots of protein, you can use it as a meat replacement. They are also a source of complex carbohydrates which means that a meal of beans will not only fill you but also provide a sustained release of energy throughout the day. This is quite unlike other fast burning sources of carbohydrates like white rice and bread which burn very quickly and cause you to feel tired and get hungry much sooner after your initial meal.
There are numerous ways that you can prepare beans such as in a beef chili, chick pea salad, rice and bean pilaf etc. You can even use lentils to make lentil bread which is a great substitute for white bread. As SimpleDayDiet.com says, you should avoid any food that is white because it is highly processed.
Another cheap and extremely healthy meal would consist of any form of meat and vegetables. Chicken breast, turkey and fish are all relatively inexpensive and can be easily cooked through baking or grilling with limited oil. Then, you can pair your protein with cheap vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, kale etc. You should always look for the vegetables that are on sale or the ones that are in season. These will be much cheaper and you will be able to buy more of them for the entire family.
Lastly, another cheap meal that you can prepare would be a vegetable pasta bake. This is a one pot meal since you will be cooking the pasta, then combining it with just about any type of meat and vegetables along with a sauce and baking it. This a great way to create an easy meal that contains carbs, protein, vegetables and fats. However, make sure that the pasta that you use is whole grain and you will not only have a tasty meal but also a very hearty and filling one.
In conclusion, we have just looked at a few cheap healthy meals for family that everyone is sure to enjoy. These meals can be great for healthy dinners if you are following the Half Day Diet plan. All you have to do is experiment and do some research and you should be able to always plan healthy and cheap meals that won’t empty your wallet.