Healthy Cooking on a Budget

It’s a new year and a new you, right? You’re working out seven times a week and eating 1,200 calories a day, drinking lots of water and kicking stress in the butt left and right! OK, maybe not. In reality, you might be seeing your grocery bill climbing as you cook healthier meals for your family. Maybe you’re struggling to find the time to cook all the fresh produce you’re buying lately.

I understand. As a mom of two, I know it’s easier sometimes to give in to the not-so-healthy options, especially while juggling work and caring for the kids. So what if we told you that you can make a three-course meal for your family for under 13 bucks and in less than an hour? It’s possible. So jump for joy! This will not only help you save money, but also get your family involved with meal preparation for the fun and healthy meals that will be sure to please!

Check out the video and recipes below.

Zucchini Pizza Slices | Makes 4 Pizzas Slices

  • 1 Medium to Large Zucchini
  • 1/3 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ C fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • 4 grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise into thirds
  • 1 large cremini mushroom, sliced
  • Marinara sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Start your pizzas by lining some of your tomato sauce along each zucchini slice. Next spread your mozzarella over top of each zucchini slice. Follow by laying out your vegetables and basil on top.
  3. Place your pizzas on a baking tray and bake for approx 15 minutes. Remove and enjoy.

Veggie Portabella Burger

  • 4 each whole wheat buns
  • Lettuce and Tomato
  • 2 Large Portabella Caps or 5-6 medium Portabella mushrooms (grilled and ground up to measure 3 C, not ground up too finely though)
  • 6 slices of wheat bread ground up finely
  • 2 C chiffonade spinach
  • 1 ½ C pureed black beans
  • 1 C pureed Corn
  • 2 tbs diced pimentos
  • 1 each chipotle pepper minced up finely
  • 1 ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Grill portabella mushrooms until they are wilted through; set aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor, ground up separately the: wheat bread, the black beans, and the corn. Next Chiffonade the spinach.
  3. After the portabellas have cooled you may process them to a medium ground. Next you will add the rest of your ground ingredients, plus the pimentos, garlic, salt and pepper; stirring and mixing through until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. If your mixture is too loose, you can add 1-2 more ground wheat breads to the mixture. Set aside and let rest for 1-2 hours.
  4. When you mixture is well cooled you may form your patties to 4-5 ounces per patty.
  5. Burgers may be grilled, place on a griddle, or sautéed.

The Burgers really go well with the Zucchini and Kale chips

Zucchini and Kale Chips

  • 1 Zucchini
  • Salt, as desired
  • Paprika, as desired
  • Coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degree
  2. Slice zucchini very thinly
  3. Toss in a bowl with salt, paprika, and oil. Be sure not to use too much oil or else your chips will be soggy. Also make sure not to use too much salt since the zucchini will shrink quite a bit while it bakes.
  4. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Flip, and bake for another 30 minutes or until brown and crispy.

1 lb. bag of Kale Chips (the method will be the same as above)

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

  • ½ C orange juice (not from concentrate)
  • ½ C coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ carrot
  • Optional: ½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Toss everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy