With most prices increasing rapidly in grocery stores it is time for some more low budget meal ideas. With these meal ideas and some smart shopping on your part you may be able to at least keep your grocery bill from increasing too much. I am trying to keep these meals well rounded, so not just beans and rice.
Hello, it’s been a while. There is really no excuse other than I have not known what to post with everything that is going on. This led to me procrastinating when I should have been writing. I have to say my spice cabinet and baking cupboard has not been this organized ever. I made a few new things that just don’t seem appropriate with a war going on. Look, here is a fun cake! I know I’m being stupid, but it’s been hard to write. Also where I live we can barely find flour to begin with. Panic buyers are hoarding all the flour, oil and most of the affordable pasta, which has doubled in price. Obviously that happens when I am running low on all of those things. Don’t even get me started on toilet paper again. With all prices increasing due to inflation and bad harvests I’ve been inspired to write part 2 of my Low Budget Meal Ideas and Tips for Cooking on a Budget post from a couple months ago. I need these more than ever, which means you might, too.
There is a million ways to make chili and some people believe that with beans is not the way to do it. I disagree. It is delicous, nutritios and more filling. You can also feed more people for less money. Leftovers are great on nachos or enchiladas.
Breakfast for Dinner
This is a full English breakfast with some bacon, some roast potatoes and mushrooms with a fried egg and some homemade baked beans (I’m still working on those) and toasted sourdough bread. You could also make some huevos rancheros or some friend chorizo with an egg and some patatas bravas served with mojo rojo and a side of beans. Whatever you want, it will be delicious.
This is flatbread made from leftover pizza dough stuffed with some marinated chicken and fresh vegetables. You can use whatever you have on hand, some lettuce, tomato and cabbage. Serve it with some Greek yogurt or leftover aioli.
Edamame are a great source of protein and occassionally you can find them on sale in the frozen vegetable aisle, especially during Asian week. Add some frozen Asian veggies and some noodles or rice and you have a great meal.
Chicken fajitas taste great in a tortilla with some salsa and some Greek yogurt with a little lime juice and salt or over rice. You can frozen bell peppers instead of fresh. You can also add a can of kidney beans, which are cheap and delicious.
Aloo Gobi is a comforting delicious curry stew with potatoes and cauliflower. Make sure to shop the produce on sale or use frozen. I serve it with flatbread made from leftover pizza dough and some yogurt.
Lentils are filling, nutritious and cheap. Instead of chorizo you can use other typesof sausages. Germans often put just hot dog sausages into stews. You can also just skip the sausage.
It doesn’t have to be Miso Soup, although I found the paste during Asia week at my local Lidl for quite cheap. Any veggie noodle soup will do. Some mushrooms or even some frozen edamame can really add some bulk to the dish. Minestrone is also delicious and filling.
Rice is an inexpensive side, just make sure to shop the fresh produce on sale. Instead of broccoli you could also use a can of garbanzo beans (use a lid to keep them from flying around the kitchen whilst sautéing) or spinach (frozen works fine).
Well, there you have some more low budget meal ideas. Hopefully you enjoyed some of these recipes and tips. It has certainly gotten quite expensive, the price of fresh bell peppers shock me everytime I go shopping. That has been almost every day for two weeks because Easter is coming up and I cannot find any flour. I managed to get some cake flour yesterday, so I can at least make my customary Easter wreath for my niece. Anyway, I hope you have a great day. Stay healthy and safe!