January Recipe Redux Theme: Budget Eats
How low can you go? Can you make a meal for less than $3 per serving? Whatever your budget, show us your healthy entree recipe to help keep food spending in check in 2017.
Aaaah, I really struggle with a food budget. But this year I am trying to crack down on food waste and sticking to a budget and a plan can really help with making sure no veggies are left behind.
For this recipe, I wanted to come up with something that most people could make with food items that they already have on hand. So I vowed to make a recipe with ingredients that I already had. Shopping your pantry is the number one way to save money on groceries. And how good does it feel not to have to trudge to the grocery store in the middle of winter?? If you don’t have these items on hand, they are relatively inexpensive and are good pantry/fridge staples to add to your next grocery list.
Eggs – We spring for local eggs from our farmers’ market. Once you taste the difference it’s hard to go back. Eggs are so versatile and are definitely one of my diet staples. I eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even at $4/dozen, it only comes out to $0.33/egg.
Sweet potatoes – Yes, one of my favorite foods! Also, very versatile and so delicious I could eat them everyday. They also have an impressive shelf life when stored in a dark and cool place.
Onion – If you’re going to do any cooking at home, you have to an onion on hand…enough said.
Beets – I realize most people might not have beets on their shopping list, but any root vegetable could take their place. I tend to buy beets regularly in the winter because they are still available at the farmers’ market and have a pretty long shelf life when stored in the fridge.
Greens – I try to always have something green in the fridge for quick salads, smoothies, etc. This hash is a great way to use up any dark greens that are on their last leg. Even if they are a little wilted, it’s ok…you won’t notice once they are cooked!
The key to this hash is to dice the veggies small so they cook quickly. Sometimes if I’m in a real hurry, I might nuke the sweet potato for a few minutes to speed up cooking time. The greens are added at the last minute, and after those go in you start frying your eggs. If you’re not a sunny-side up person, over-easy or scrambled would be good too. (Tips on cooking the perfect fried egg)
To me this would be a perfect breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for more additions, you could also add sausage or tofu with or without the egg.
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