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Cheap Meal Ideas

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Healthy eating can be easy with just a few simple recipes using simple ingredients and easy cooking methods. For this week, we kept our recipes simple using minimal ingredients for our meals. Here are simple meal prep ideas that provide variety but will save you time and hassle for the week.

Menu Breakdown

Breakfast Recipe One: Cilantro Scrambled Eggs

Adding fresh herbs to scrambled eggs is a great way to level up your classic fluffy scrambled eggs. Cilantro is one of our favorite herbs to use because it is fragrant and antioxidant-rich. Using herbs is also a healthy way to add flavor and help you use less salt therefore reducing sodium intake. You could easily add other vegetables such as fresh tomatoes and onions to this breakfast meal and also wrap it up in a flour tortilla topped with a sprinkle of shredded cheese.

cilantro eggs

Breakfast Recipe Two: Berry Muffin Bar

This recipe is going to be your new favorite way to use up ripe bananas, and it only requires four simple ingredients. It is healthy, easy, and tasty. These berry muffin bars are perfect to make ahead for breakfast or a snack during the day. You also don’t need to heat it up, you can just easily grab and go. The great thing about using ripe bananas is because you don’t need added fat. The moisture in the bananas omits any need for added oil or butter in this recipe. 

berry muffin bar

Lunch Recipe One: Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

Looking for a fresh and light salad with layers of flavor? This grilled shrimp caesar salad with the creamy caesar dressing is perfect for a light lunch. All you have to do is use simple seasoning and toss it in some olive oil and throw it on an indoor grill pan. In less than 5 minutes you have perfectly charred shrimp to serve on top of fresh crisp romaine lettuce with creamy caesar dressing and toasted croutons. 

shrimp salad

Lunch Recipe Two: Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Salsa

Here is a light and fresh chicken enchiladas filled with tender rotisserie chicken mixed with a tangy tomatillo sauce and melted shredded cheese. This is a simple recipe using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. All you have to do is mix together tomatillo sauce with the chicken and shredded cheese. Add a spoonful of the chicken mixture inside flour tortillas and roll them up. Place them in a baking dish and top them off with more tomatillo sauce and fresh onions and cherry tomatoes. Toast them in the oven until the tortillas get crispy and you have a quick and easy weekday meal.

enchiladas

Dinner Recipe One: Salisbury Steak with Green Beans

This is an easy to make classic dinner using hamburger steaks smothered in gravy with mushrooms and onion. This is a great way to dress up ground beef and use ingredients that you probably have on hand. You can use different variations of ground meat such as ground turkey or chicken. Instead of hamburger steaks, you can roll them up into meatballs. Serve them with roasted green beans or your choice of sides and you have an easy comfort classic dinner in less than 30 minutes.

salisbury steak

Dinner Recipe Two: Marinara Beef Stew with Squash Noodles

This is an easy beef stew recipe that you can whip up and eat throughout the week. The beef stew meat is perfectly tender and is the perfect comfort food that pairs well with squash noodles. To eliminate some prep work, use your favorite marinara sauce because it is already seasoned with garlic and other spices. We cooked ours up in a dutch oven, however, you can easily use an Instant Pot and have this ready in less than 40 minutes.

beef marinara

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