All suggestions welcome! We all try to cut costs, yet eat a healthy diet. I’ll start out with what I’m eating this week. Since I live alone, what I prepare usually lasts for at least three meals.
I made a chopped salad for lunch, which included Boston lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sliced olives, chopped marinated artichokes, red onion, some ham chunks, some swiss cheese chunks. Sometimes I add chickpeas, but not today. Made a dressing with mayo, sour cream, vinegar and herbs. Not as healthy as the plain vinegar and oil that I normally make. I’ve been making chopped salads more lately after having tasting a delicious one at a restaurant my daughter and I went to for a lunch a couple of weeks ago.
This evening I had a baked potato topped with homemade turkey/black bean chili and a dollop of sour cream. Leftover chili is so versatile, as it is also good with rice or pasta. Although it’s not always the same, here are the ingredients that went into my chili today. I’m not including the instructions, as I assume you all know how to make chili.
1# ground turkey (mine is the higher fat version, store brand frozen)
1/2 Spanish onion, chopped
3 Cloves of garlic, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 Chopped green bell pepper (leftover in the freezer)
1/2# chopped mushrooms
2 TB chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
Ground black pepper and salt (easy on that!)
1 Chipotle chile (from the can, in adobo sauce)
2 TB tomato paste
3/4 Cup turkey stock (left over in the frig)
1 can (15 oz) black beans. I left the liquid in.
Liquid from 1 large can whole tomatoes
Whole tomatoes chopped (cut with scissors)
3/4 Cup frozen corn
I always have leftover chipotle chiles and tomato paste, so I freeze them for later use in meal-size portions.
Tomorrow or Wednesday I will be making something new – Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)
While I’m not sure exactly how healthy this is (higher in fat), I’m pretty sure it will be delicious. I’ll try to watch my portion size, and fill up on vegetables! As the author points out, this dish can be frozen and portions used for later dishes. If you are interested in the recipe, here’s the link:
What recipes do you prepare that are inexpensive, filling and/or healthy?