Finding creative ways to maximize the value of your expenses is essential. When it comes to food, we often seek solutions that are economical, delicious, and healthy all at the same time. That's why in this article, we explore smart strategies to stretch your grocery budget to the maximum. With just $45 worth of groceries, we will show you how you can prepare four delicious recipes, each capable of feeding 4 people. We will not only help you save money but also inspire you to discover the joy of home cooking and the satisfaction of sharing a good meal with your loved ones. So get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will surprise and delight you without breaking your wallet!
Below, we share five practical tips for planning your meals economically without sacrificing taste or quality:
Below, you'll find a grocery list for $45 USD and four recipes that each serve 4 people. (16 servings at $2.80 USD each!)
Spices you should already have at home on any occasion and are not included in the budget:
Add the chicken to a large bowl and add olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin. Use clean hands to mix the chicken in the mixture.
Add olive oil to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook until it's browned, about 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a plate.
In the same skillet, you'll make your sofrito by adding the finely chopped onion and red bell pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Next, add your spices: salt, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, curry, and chili powder. Add the rice and mix it to incorporate with the spices. Cook for 30 seconds. Then, add the marinara sauce and vegetable broth, the peas, and the cilantro. Stir well to combine.
Place the previously browned chicken on top. Reduce the heat to low, immediately cover the skillet, and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the skillet from the heat and let it rest covered for 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Garnish with cilantro and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!
We begin by caramelizing the onion: add olive oil and onion to a skillet and cook for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the onion and continue cooking while stirring constantly.
While the onion is cooking, add the lentils and 4 cups of water to a pot. Cover the pot and cook for 40 minutes. If it needs more water while cooking, add it.
Continue cooking the onion until it is completely golden brown, stirring constantly. If you see it sticking to the pan, add a little water and stir constantly until you achieve golden, caramelized onions.
When the onion is ready, add the rice, a pinch of salt, and cumin. Cook for 1 minute. Add two cups of water. Stir, cover, and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Remove it from the pot and let it rest for 10 minutes.
When the lentils are soft and the liquid has been absorbed, add a pinch of salt and stir to incorporate. Add the cooked lentils to the prepared rice with onions. Stir to combine the lentils with the rice and onions and serve.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
Place the chicken, potatoes, broccoli, oil, and seasonings in a large baking tray. Mix everything with clean hands to season.
Bake for 50 minutes, and enjoy when finished.
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined and enjoy!
Meal planning not only saves money but also relieves the mental burden of last-minute decisions about what to cook. In this regard, the Little Lunches mobile app stands out as a valuable tool.
An invaluable tool for busy parents who want to provide the best for their loved ones. This application simplifies meal planning extraordinarily by offering personalized menus, healthy recipes, and an automatic shopping list. It eliminates the stress and mental load that often come with meal planning, allowing parents to spend more quality time with their children and less time worrying about what to serve for dinner.
In addition to the convenience and benefits, Little Lunches also translates into a more balanced diet for the family. Through careful planning and ingredient selection, parents can ensure that their children receive the necessary meals for proper development.
In summary, meal planning on a limited budget doesn't have to be an overwhelming task for parents. The Little Lunches app proves that it's possible to provide delicious and healthy meals for the family without overspending or wasting valuable time. By adopting this tool, parents can take control of their budget and ensure that their loved ones enjoy meals that nourish their bodies. It's time to simplify life, reduce the mental load, and take a step toward a healthier and more economical future for your family. Download Little Lunches and experience the difference for yourself!
Jessica Facusse, co-founder at Little Lunches
2 months ago