My favourite budget-friendly healthy recipes
Sounds impossible to you?
It really isn’t! Here are some of my favourite healthy (and cheap) meals that will keep you going throughout the day.
Porridge Breakfast Bake
This breakfast is loaded with healthy fibre, fat, proteins and vitamins. It will fill you up and keep you going until lunchtime. Another plus; It’s easy to store, so you can take it with you to uni.
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- ¾ cup milk
- ¾ cup porridge oats
- 2 tbsp. self-raising flour
- a handful of mixed (frozen) berries
- a handful of mixed nuts
- 4 tbsp. honey (or more, for extra sweetness)
- a pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease a small square tin. If you don’t have a tin, you can use a baking tray with a high rim.
- Take a bowl and mix everything together using a whisk.
- Pour mixture into the greased tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the bake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Baking times may vary, so keep an eye on yours.
Bulgur is made up of wholegrain wheat; it’s inexpensive and a good source of fibre, protein, iron and vitamin B6. Just add a few veggies and some fish or meat to turn it into a delicious salad for lunch or dinner.
- 1/3 cup of uncooked bulgur
- ½ cucumber
- 6 cherry or plum tomatoes
- 1 carrot
- 1 pepper
- a handful of spinach leaves
- 100 gr. cooked chicken
- 1 tbsp. cottage cheese (optional)
For the dressing
- 5 tbsp. Greek yoghurt
- juice of ¼ lemon
- some chopped mint leaves
- a pinch of salt & pepper
- Cook the bulgur as it says on the package.
- Mix together the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl.
- Use some of the dressing to marinate the chicken and fry in a pan for a few minutes. (Optional; you could use cooked chicken.)
- Cut up your veggies, the way you like it best, mix with the cooked bulgur and chicken. Then serve with the dressing and some cottage cheese.
Chicken and vegetable stir-fry
A yummy and healthy alternative to fatty takeaways. Lovely for lunch!
- 1 spring onion
- 1 big carrot
- ½ broccoli
- ½ of a small tin of sweet corn
- ½ red pepper
- ½ clove of garlic
- ½ lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 200 g chicken fillet or cooked chicken
- 2½ tbsp oil
- some coriander
- Wash and cut up all the veggies into thin slices. Set aside.
- Cut the lemon in half, squeeze out juice and mix with coriander, honey and soy sauce.
- Heat oil in a pan. Fry the meat for about 2 minutes while turning. Add garlic and fry for a short time.
- Add the veggies, fry for about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Add soy sauce mixture and spring onions. Cook for about 2 minutes.
There you have it, 3 healthy and affordable recipes that you can try for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
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