Breaking Bad Habits Without Breaking Your Wallet

January 10, 2019


New year, new goals. Am I right?! If your New Years resolution is to eat better but you're living the broke life after holiday shopping, please stick around for this one. The answer is here. Not at Subway, or McDonald's (no hard feelings Subway, I love to eat fresh but more like on a cheat-day-Sunday kinda deal not a first-dinner-of-the-new-year kinda situation). Alright let's get to the point.  

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy is actually NOT that expensive. What is expensive is a $4+ bag for freakin' Tostitos that literally serve you no purpose. Let's prioritize here. If it's your health you're looking after, we can do this. Listen closely... do not buy the Tostitos (unless dipped in medium salsa). Instead, use those $4 towards one of the ingredients on the recipes in this post. "But snacks and whatever". Yes, you may have snacks but be mindful of what you choose to snack on Snacks like potato chips or empty processed foods will leave you wanting more, and satisfied for a shorter period of time. Leading to more poor choices, in other words more money spent on (insert poop emoji here). Instead, choose snacks with a purpose like hummus with raw veggies and maybe some homemade pita chips (multi grain pita bread baked or toasted.. WOW ARE YOU MIND BLOWN OR WHAT). Another option could be Greek yogurt and fruit or nuts! Enough about snacks though, we're here for the real meals. The ones that will fill your tummy with all the good things and won't break your wallet.

Please keep in mind that I rounded the prices of these items to the best of my knowledge, based on the amount I used for the recipe versus the amount of servings you can get from the entire item. I also rounded some of these to the nearest dollar to give you all some wiggle room for spices and oils you may not already have in your pantry (although these are all pretty basic).  

Turmeric Turkey Lentil Bowl

Ingredients & Cost
1 package Jennie-O lean ground turkey / $5
1 serving Trader Joe's red split lentils / < $2
1 cup Trader Joe's veggie broth/ <$3
4-5 mini sweet peppers / $1.75
1/2 onion / $1
3 garlic cloves / $1
Broccoli head/ $2.50
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Ground turmeric
Garlic powder

Lentils
1. Rinse 1 serving of lentils & peppers, heat saucepan to medium heat.
2. Throw lentils & peppers into saucepan with 1/4 onion chopped and approx 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss for about 2 minutes until lentils are coated.
3. Add 1 cup veggie broth with 1 1/2 cup water (or all broth/all water depending on what you like or have) into pan and cover. Let simmer for 15 min on medium to low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed
4. Remove from heat and remove peppers from saucepan and into a blender/ Nutribullet combined with garlic & some water for consistency
5. Blend and add mix to cooked lentils, stir.

Turkey
1. Throw the remainder 1/4 of chopped onion into saucepan (medium heat) with approx 1 tbsp olive oil
2. Throw turkey in and cook thoroughly, adding salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic and other spices to taste.
3. Steam broccoli until tender

Serve together and top with veggies of choice! I added fresh tomato (something about tomato on lentils that makes me so happy), and avocado would've been amazing.  

Option for those cooking for a significant other who requires more density (lol): Cook some couscous from Aldi's /$2 a box ... yes really... and serve under lentils in the bowl!

Serves approx 3
Total cost $16.25 

Parmesan (lightly) Breaded Chicken Tenders (oven baked)

Ingredients & Cost
1 pack Publix Greenwise chicken tenderloins / $7
Approx 1/3 cup breadcrumbs / $1
1 egg / $.25
Half a pack mini sweet peppers / $2.50 per bag so about $1.75
1/2 cup quinoa / $3 for an entire bag so about $1
Butternut squash / < $4
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese/ < $2

Steps 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Spray glass pan with avocado oil or olive oil
3. Coat chicken tenderloins in egg, then breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese (mixed) and lay on the pan, then lay the sweet peppers in between, on or next to chicken
4. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon and other spices to taste
5. Peel and chop butternut squash into cubes (on the thin end so they cook faster) and put in a bowl
6. Throw approx 1 tbsp olive oil, cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, and honey into the bowl and toss until pieces are fully coated
7. Lay on separate oven tray
8. Bake both chicken and squash together. Remove the squash at about 30 minutes, leave chicken for about 45 min. I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to be safe! Also to avoid overcooking lol.
9. Cook quinoa separately in a saucepan following instructions on the label. I added olive oil and pepper to mine!

Serves 2
Total cost about $18.50
Try to find a restaurant where you can get ONE meal for this much... that's also healthy (because I can already hear you saying "uhh, Taco Bell?")  

Turmeric Veggie Stir Fry Noodles 

Ingredients & Cost
1/2 pack veggie spaghetti from Publix / $1
1/2 pack Publix green beans / $1
1/2 pack Publix baby carrots /$1
4-5 mini sweet peppers / $1.75
1/2 onion /$1
1 & 1/2 vegan apple sausage /$3
Peanut oil
Reduced sodium soy sauce from Aldi / about $3 a bottle so I won't even try to estimate what I used because it's so insignificant, okay?
Minced garlic
Turmeric
Garlic powder
Salt & pepper

 

Steps
1. Cook the 1/2 pack of spaghetti as instructed on the box
2. Chop carrots and green beans to small chunks
3. Once pasta is cooked, heat a large saucepan to medium heat. Add about 2 tbsp of peanut oil, 1 tsp of minced garlic, chopped peppers, and onion
4. Stir and after about 3 minutes add the carrots and green beans
5. Toss for about 5 minutes, then add cooked pasta to saucepan
6. Slice the sausages and add to the mix!
7. Toss everything and add soy sauce, turmeric, salt, pepper, garlic, and all other spices to taste. Toss until you've reached the level of crispness you want! Once the sausage was browned and parts of the pasta were a little crisp, I was satisfied.

Serves: 3 depending on level of savage
Total cost: $9?!!! Okay I know I'm not including the spices but seriously that's insane.

Pro tip: Go to the grocery store with an idea of what you want to make, but be open to changing things up based on weekly deals.
Example: you want cauliflower as a side veggie but the broccoli heads are 2 for $5! DO THE BROCC BRUH. If saving money is your main thing you know. If not, why are you here again?

There ya have it guys! A few easy, quick recipes for you to try or switch up and make your own. I'm not a professional chef, or even an amazing cook (lol really, Stephen is the better cook so bless him for eating all my meals without a peep) so if I can do it, you got this.

Happy (healthy) New Year EBS fam <3 ~  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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