Planning meals for a family can be hard, planning healthy meals can be expensive!
Here are 6 tips for eating healthy on a super tight budget.
1. Make double recipes and freeze the leftovers.
When making healthy dinners, you can stretch your dollar further by doubling or tripling the recipes and then freezing the leftovers for future meals. Just a few extra bucks can make the difference between 1 dinner or 4. Try things like casseroles or crock pot meals that freeze well and reheat easily. One of my go-to’s is baked spaghetti. I can make 3 meals for my family of 4 for super cheap!
2. Go to the Farmer’s Market at the end of the day.
Produce at the farmers market is usually around the same price as the grocery store but at the end of the day, the vendors want to unload as much as they can before packing up and leaving. This usually means a discount on your fruits and vegetables and most of the time, they will throw in some extras for free!
3. Buy fresh veggies when they are in season and freeze them.
We all know fresh produce can be expensive, but when it is in season, its a lot cheaper. Buy as much as you can and freeze them for future quick meals like stir-frys.
4. Plan your meals around what is on sale.
Instead of making your meal plans and then shopping for whats on your menu, try looking to see whats on sale and planning your meals according to that. If you find a good deal on chicken, stock up and look for recipes to coordinate.
5. “Day Old” doesn’t mean “expired”.
A lot of grocers have pre-cooked rotisserie chickens which are budget friendly to begin with. You can shred the meat and use for salads, stir fry, tacos…anything throughout the week. But they don’t always sell all of the hot and fresh ones every day. Usually you can find yesterdays rotisserie chickens on sale in the deli section for a couple bucks less.
6. Add hearty grains or legumes to make a meal stretch.
Your protein doesn’t always have to be the star of the show. Things like brown rice, quinoa and black beans can be a cheaper option to fill you up without breaking the bank on expensive meat.