Welcome to the Real Food for Busy Moms Series! We’ve already covered a quick and fabulous egg drop soup, a decadent copycat Whole Foods salmon dip, but there’s so much more to cover. Thanks for stopping by!
Have you ever contemplated the irony . . .
Of “Fat-Free Sour Cream”? I mean, really, cream without fat??? I’m always curious about how these oddities exist, so I checked the label. Apparently they should be calling it “Low-Fat Guar Gum,” but I’m guessing that wouldn’t fly off the shelves.
My point is, some concepts by definition exclude others. Last summer, after creating only one post in what was supposed to be series about real food on a budget, I started to believe those two terms were mutually exclusive as well. To be more accurate, I knew it could be done, but I was not willing to eat beans and lentils everyday.
Fast forward a few months. Trimming our budget has become more of a priority, so beans and lentils it is . . . or so I thought. After reading the Food Stamp Challenge series at Nourished Kitchen, I was inspired. Jenny convinced me that we could save a lot of money and still eat very well. And the best part? I did some research and discovered lots of tips for eating real food on a budget, plus the delicious recipes below. Perfecto.
Here are a few I wanted to pass along:
Perfect Eye of Round Roast from The Domestic Man – I love this recipe because it turns an inexpensive roast into a beautiful and tasty meal. It only takes about 10 minutes of active time, but actual cooking time is 2.5-3 hours.
Moroccan Spiced Beef And Veggie Skillet from Following in My Shoes – Ground beef is often one of the most affordable options out there, but it can be a challenge to keep things interesting. This recipe does just that.
Gratin of Mussels from Nourished Kitchen – Rich in B12, phosphorus, selenium, manganese and other vitamins and minerals, this simple dish is ironic in its own way. It’s brown, muted tones remind me of a peasant meal, but the delicate flavors are decidedly aristocratic. My family loves it, even Daddypotamus although he’s practically declared under oath that he doesn’t like seafood.
The fresh mussels at Whole Foods were a little more than I wanted to spend (maybe they are out of season?), but I found some raw chopped clams in the freezer section for $5/pound.
Throw the ingredients together will take 10 minutes max. Just bake for 40 minutes and voila! To get the recipe, download the Meal Plan at the end of this post.
This sounded so gross to me I almost didn’t make it, but I figured it had to be better than lentils and I was so . . . right! This hearty stew is comfort food, pure and simple.
It’s also oh-so-simple to make and will be making regular appearances on our dinner table. To get the recipe, download the Meal Plan at the end of this post.
Do you have a favorite budget-friendly recipe? Please share it below!