Eating healthy requires you to stay disciplined and determined to follow a diet. You need water to keep hydrated, proteins to build and maintain muscles, carbohydrates to keep energy up, and fruits and vegetables to get essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Keeping up with all these, including a healthy budget, is easier said than done.
For anyone who needs to stay in shape, or just maintain a steady diet, it is great to know that it’s not necessarily hard to come by dishes that are both affordable and nutritious. Below is a compilation of recipes that taste great but are also advantageous on one’s health. Here are 10 meal recipes — five meat, and five vegetarian — that you can prepare while on a budget:
1. Chipotle Chicken Chili
This recipe contains chipotle peppers, beans, and shredded chicken to satisfy you and tickle your taste buds. Going light on the chicken and filling up the meal with beans and corn keeps the recipe light on your wallet. What brings out the sweet, spicy, and smoky flavours is the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Start with a few peppers and spoonfuls of sauce to add more kick.
2. Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls
This bowl adds up the fresh flavours cucumber, cilantro with the richness of guacamole, the spiciness of its sauce, with the shredded carrots, tuna, and edamame. It is incredibly filling and healthy; and because it is meant to be eaten cold, it pairs well with warmer weather. Customize the bowl with soy sauce or any kind of dressing based on your mood and enjoy it any way you want.
3. Curry Beef with Peas
A hearty curry beef mixed with sweet peas is cheap, flavourful, and satisfying. Lessen costs by bulking up with more potatoes and peas instead of adding more meat. You can also do a lot more with this dish — add it as a layer on top of rice, or eat it in the style of a taco, and you have a meal that you can enjoy in many different ways.
4. Greek Turkey Burgers
Made of feta, spinach, lemon, garlic, and dill, these burgers pack a big punch in terms of flavour. It is also healthy and affordable. Eat it with sauce made from garlic and dill yogurt, and you have a full set that you will make whenever you crave it.
5. Chicken Lime Soup
This dish is produced with shredded chicken, vegetables, and a lime-infused broth making it a light, flavourful meal perfect for soup season. A great mix of spicy, salty, and sour flavours, it is a delicious combo comparable to Chinese hot and sour soup. Add avocados to balance sharp flavours; but if avocados are not in season, use cheese or sour cream instead.
1. Roasted Vegetable Baked Zitis
Offering an assortment of roasted vegetables, this ziti is a nutritious take on the dish that comes with a sweet flavour and great texture. It satisfies the craving for pasta with the addition of creamy cheese and adds a new enriched flavour of smoky vegetables. You could get creative with the kind of vegetables you bring into the mix based on what is in season and within budget.
2. Red Beans and Rice
If you are looking for something as satisfying and delicious as the pork version but without the meat, this dish is for you. Rice and beans are perfect for a vegan diet, and does not lose any of the flavour. Topped with various herbs and spices, like paprika and green onions, this is a taste that stands out in terms of affordability and nutrient composition.
3. Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
This pot of rice is specially coated with a variety of herbs, lemons, and artichoke hearts to give it a burst of flavour. Instead of using meat and fish, go for peas and other spices to give it the flavour it needs.
4. Hot and Sour Vegetable Soup with Tofu
The broth gives the vegetables and tofu a tangy and sour flavour, making it light on the stomach but not on the tastebuds. Chili peppers add a hint of spiciness and with the cubed tofu and colourful vegetables, the meal is a complete presentation of style and substance.
5. Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup
This is a unique, vegan twist on the classic soup. The sweet potatoes add a subtle but sweet fullness to the dish and balances the heat. Eat it plain, or add other vegetables to customize it however you like.