It’s exhausting hearing the excuse that junk food is cheaper, easier and faster than healthy food.
I agree, organic, free range, farmers markets, health food stores etc are pricey. Even if I could afford to do all my grocery shopping in the likes of Whole Foods, and my local farmers markets I wouldn’t!
There is nothing shameful or wrong about budget friendly national food chain stores that have huge economies of scale and that target penny wise shoppers. Value bags of carrots, celery, onions and other fridge/pantry essentials like canned tuna, chickpea and lentils, yes please!
Seriously, whole meal pasta, sautéed onion, carrot, frozen peas and spinach, and a bit of pesto, you have yourself a nice little pasta primavera, throw in a whisked egg and drizzle of EVOO and some chilli flakes, and a delicious, nutritious dinner is ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta and costs less than 2$ per portion folks.
What about the humble spud? Baked potato filled with tuna salad (canned tuna, diced celery, pepper, carrot, pickle, bit of Greek yogurt, smoked paprika, dill, lemon zest) and a little melted cheddar on top. YUM, tuna melt jacket potatoes. Simple, healthy, filling, CHEAP!
Ground meat, another dollar stretcher that is both crowd pleasing and versatile. Meat loaves, meatballs, chilli, bolognase… The possibilities are seriously endless.
I can honestly go on about this for ages. If you want more cheap, healthy dinner ideas LMK!