Since we have moved into a new place, I have been restocking the pantry. I feel like have spend so much money the past few weeks on food, spices, and condiments. I am so sick of having a ginormous grocery bill so I am trying to budget better this week.All of the meals I post will be budget conscience and healthy.
The prices of items might variey depending on where you live. I have a app, Food.com that lets you know what is on sale at grocery stores near you. I highly recommend getting it to help you plan your week efficiently.
Get to know your grocery store, the Fresh Market near my house has 2.99 tuesdays, ground beef, chicken breast, and chicken thighs are just 2.99 a pound. The best part is its not a crappy flavor-less, normally they are sold from 3.00-5.99 per pound so you are getting a good deal. The Kroger Marketplace near my house has these daily deals called WHO-HOO’s! It is food that needs to be sold that day or the next, the food is normally 40-50% off.
Seared chicken breast with broccoli and rice: Simple but delicious. Spray a pan with coconut oil cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Season chicken with pink salt and pepper, sear in pan for 3-5 minutes until golden brown, flip and sear on the other side for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock and cover for 5 minutes (may take longer depending on size of chicken) take off heat, let rest in pan with cover on for 5 minutes. Enjoy with steamed or roasted broccoli and some brown rice! We like to add avocado and hot sauce ours.
Balsamic Roasted Chicken Thighs with root veggies and herbs: Root vegetables are super inexpensive, I do a mixture of carrots, sweet potato, parsnips, and butternut squash along with onions and garlic. Cook them all up and use for lunches throughout the week. I get herbs from the garden to complete this dish. Follow this recipe for technique, you can switch out the veggies, just remember that root veggies take longer to cook http://www.skinnytaste.com/balsamic-chicken-with-roasted/
Gumbo: I am a huge pan of local produce, a friend of the family gave us tons of okra! I need to use somehow, I am not from the south and I don’t like fried food, so I am thinking a healthy gumbo! It will feed a crowd, its filling, and I already have the okra! https://fitandfiercemama.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/gumbo/
Gravy Train! My husbands favorite meal is something this mom would make for him as a kid, ground beef with gravy over mashed potatoes. Since I like to reinvent the wheel I will be making a healthy version with no butter, cream, flour or potatoes! I don’t have a specific recipe but what I do like to do is:
Sauté 1 onion diced fine with 2 cloves of garlic, 1 stalk of celery (chopped fine), and 1 large carrot (chopped fine). Sauté until browned up. Take out of the pan and brown the ground beef. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, oregano, parley, cinnamon, anything you want really. Take the meat out of the pan and drain the fat. I also like to dab the meat with paper towels. Place both veggie mixture and meat mixture back into the pan. Let get hot and deglaze the pan with red-wine. Let it cook out for a few minutes and add 3/4 cup canned coconut milk to the pan. Cook until mixed through and saucy. Serve over cauliflower rice or cauliflower potatoes! Cheap and delish!
AND since we saved so much money this week…one splurge meal!
Roasted organic salmon with sautéed shrimp, spicy Sriracha rice, and garlic green beans! Paired with a yummy glass of Pino!
Hope this helps you to stay on track with that pesky budget!