In the mean time, Katie has asked me to write once a week about eating healthy on a budget. Let me warn you...I am no dietician or food expert, so this is completely amatuer advice. However my husband has been in school for all of the nearly 10 years we've been married, so I do have some experience eating well on a budget. We have three kids ages 5 years to 9 months, so we also have to consider what they are willing to eat when we cook (although I was blessed with some little mouths that are amazingly willing to try new things.)
The interesting thing about eating on a budget and/or eating healthy is that everyone has slightly different measuring sticks. We've all seen someone share a "thrifty" idea on a blog and then when they tell you the price it was way out of our budget for that item...so frugal to me, might not be the same as frugal to someone else. If you have a way to do the same thing cheaper, please leave a comment!
Likewise, "healthy" can mean different things to different people. A "healthy" recipe by one person's standards might not be by someone else's. For instance, we make what we consider "healthier" pizza (with lots of veggies, whole wheat crust, and lower fat pizza meat). However, there are still a lot of other food choices out there that are healthier than our "healthy" pizza. So again...if someone ever feels like I'm giving misinformation...please share...I am NOT an expert!
So to start out: Fajitas!!
In large bowl combine:
15 oz skinless boneless chicken or lean pork, cut into ¼ inch stripsLet marinate for 10 minutes.
2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (regular vinegar works okay too)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
Dash hot red pepper sauce
In large nonstick skillet heat:
1 tablespoon plus a 1 teaspoon olive oil. (You can use less, or you can cook this without oil at all by using extra lemon or orange juice as a liquid.)Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Add:
2 bell peppers, cut into strips (It's pretty to use one green and one red if you can find the red ones on sale.)Cook until vegetables are cooked through. Serve on tortillas
1 onion, cut into strips
Tips for making it cheap:
- Watch for chicken on sale...I usually try not to spend more than $2 a pound for any kind of meat. (Although that's getting harder and harder.) When I find it on sale, I buy a lot and then freeze it in the portions for about one meal. I also like to freeze it already cut into bite sizes, so when I'm cooking dinner, all I have to do is defrost.
- Bell peppers can be expensive so buy them on sale.
Makes 4 servings / 260 calories per serving