By Ann Matrin
One thing that consistently seems to increase is my grocery bill! Not only do I shop the sales, but I match up my coupons with the sale items to get an even better deal. But one thing that remains difficult for me is how to keep the meals I serve for my family healthy, yet affordable. On my journey of trying to slash my grocery bill, I have not only been creative in the kitchen, but have discovered some ways to make sure that my family eats healthy. Here are a few healthy, yet frugal meal ideas from my family to yours. Enjoy!
Asian Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps
2 cups chopped cooked chicken(I used thighs)
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 ½ Tbs sesame oil
1/3 cup or more chopped water chestnuts
1/4 cup or more chow mein noodles
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup shredded green cabbage
1/2 cup chopped green onions
butter lettuce leaves
Mix the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, water chestnuts, noodles, green onions and cooked chicken in a bowl. Set aside.
Mix up a dipping sauce like a peanut dipping sauce, or a Thai style sweet and sour sauce.
Pull the lettuce leaves off and rinse and dry.
Heat the chicken mixture until warm, in a small saucepan or in the microwave if you use one. It doesn’t need to be hot, just warm.
Serve everything at the table and let everyone build their wraps, laying a lettuce leave on the plate, spooning some chicken mixture on that, then topping with some cabbage and carrots. Roll up like a burrito and dip into the sauce(s) of your choice. Or spoon some of the sauce down the top and then roll it up.
1 can of salmon, drained
1T chopped parsley (fresh or dried)
2t herbs de provence
1t onion powder
salt and pepper
Mix everything together. It’s going to seem a little too wet. Just let it sit for 15min to thicken up.
Measured these out and drop into a nonstick skillet using a standard ice cream scoop. It made 7 patties.
Hearty Meatless Chili
1 packet dry onion soup mix
4 C water
1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 C lentils (drained)
1 rib celery (chopped)
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce (add more if a spicier chili is desired)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
Combine all ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender and water has been absorbed, stirring occasionally.
Ann Martin is a writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware and flatware sets, such as the Oneida flatware and WMF flatware sets. Ann contributes quite often to other websites in the food and garden areas as well. When Ann is not writing, she enjoy reading and spending time with her family.
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