Finally decided my diet of frozen chips and cheese sandwhiches everyday probabley isnt the most healthy. Im by no means fat, infact i am pretty damn slim (god knows how), however I know I really need to eat better.
The only problem is everywhere i look, it seems healthy eating is just so expensive! I can eat 1pounds worth of frozen chips and thats enough food for an entire main meal. Hard to beat.
So was wondering if anyone has any tips for really cheap healthy eating.
Learn how to cook, few times will go wrong but trust me, its tastes better and you save money. Start with basics, sauces, pasta, rice before moving to fish etc. If you need some help I can drop some recipes or just google it.
salmon (or atleast some type of fish)
protein rich meats (not factory battered - contains low protein because they aren't allowed to roam around, and are pumped with chemicals and growth enhancers)
eggs - vital source of protein, pay a few extra pennies for the organic/freerange
(or multi vitamin tablets.. and do exercise - avoid saturated fat obviously..)
remember don't microwave your food too much, there's speculation on how the microwaves transform food (i.e. proteins and carbohydrates) and the effects it will have on your health - google for more info
Frozen vegetables are always a lot cheaper than fresh if you have storage room.
to set yourself up for cooking might cost a little money at first because you will need to make sure you have a few things like below:
dried herbs - basil, oregano, parsley, thyme
spices - chilli powder, black pepper, paprika, curry powder cinnamon etc
stock cubes - beef, chicken, vegetable
lee and perrins worcestshire sauce
vinegar - malt and wine
And things to keep in your cupboard...
tins of tuna and other fish like mackerel
tins of beans like kidney beans, butterbeans, canellini
rice - white, brown, risotto
pasta - a long one like spaghetti, and a shape
I'm sure I've missed things out but if you start building up those things you can make meals from most things that are tasty and cheap.
Potato wedges - chop a couple of large potatoes into wedges (in half, in half again, in half again). put a little oil in a bowl, add some spices such as paprika, chilli powder, salt, pepper. cover the wedges in the oil and mix. Pop on a baking tray, put in the over at 200 and cook for about 30-40mins turning half way.
Pasta sauce - tin of chopped toms in a pan. Add a squirt of tom puree, pinch of oregano and basil. Some garlic (use puree if you want quick). simmer. Add to pasta as it is or add meatballs, or turn it into a bolognaise with onions and mince (use vege mince for super cheap or buy lean mince when on offer).
To make chilli, add a tin or two of beans (your choice) plus a good teaspoon of chilli powder and paprika (the smoked type is nice). Add mince for a meat version, just beans for a cheap version.
Roast veg - chop courgettes, peppers, onions (anything really). toss in a little oil, salt pepper, lemon juice, any herbs and spices. chuck on a baking tray and cook until tender and brown about half hour. Chuck in a lunch box in the fridge and eat with cous cous, put in pasta sauces, pop on a wrap with some chilli sauce and dollop of natural yohurt, so on.
Onion gravy - goes well with sausages if you have the cash, or big pile of mash if you don't. Fry sliced onions in a little oil and knob of butter on a low heat for about 20-30 mins til brown and lovely but not burnt. Add pint of beef stock and a teaspoon or so of gravy granules to thicken. Delicious.
Thai curry. Buy a jar of thai (green/red - red is hotter) curry paste. Fry tablespoon of paste in a pan with a little oil. Add veg, meat, fish (anything you like) add tin of coconut milk and some chicken/fish/vegetable stock. simmer. Eat with rice.
Risotto - once you can make one you can make many. Risotto needs a little liquid adding often instead of putting all the liquid on at once. Fry some onions (rough chop) in a little oil, add the rice and fry that in the oil as well for a couple of minutes. On a medium heat, start adding a little stock at a time. As it absorbs add a little more. Should take about 20 mins to become tended (taste) and it should be a little saucy but not wet and the rice should be soft but not mushy. Add lemon juice, or left over chicken, mushrooms, ham, peas anything really.
Eggs - scrambled, poached, boiled. Good source of protein
Porridge - with fruit and cinnamon. Half a cup oats, one cup milk. Simmer on medium heat stirring til it thickens. Add spices like cinnamon or syrup to taste.
So on and so forth...I will think of more.