Happy Thursday! Can’t believe another week is flying by. But, lately our meal planning game has stepped up and we’ve been sticking to our weekly grocery budget much better than usual! Two things we’ve been purchasing and stretching out a few times during the week? Sweet potatoes and broccoli!
I’ve decided that indeed eating healthy can be very inexpensive, if you know what to buy, how much to buy, and how to incorporate it into more than one meal.
Here are two easy meals we’ve had lately that we both gobbled down, but our budget didn’t gobble up!
1. Grilled chicken with sweet potato fries, broccoli, and squash. I have a love/hate relationship with my veggie steamer – it’s super easy to use and perfectly steams my veggies in 20 minutes or less (sans microwave!), but, it’s a pain to take apart and clean and put back where it goes. Here it is before I got it started. It’s actually a three tier steamer, and can hold quite a large amount in each level! Steaming veggies is one of the best ways to preserve as many nutrients as possible.
2. Baked cod, roasted sweet potatoes, and broccoli. For the cod, we simply bought a frozen batch, let it thaw while we were at work, then baked it in a glass dish with panko bread crumbs, herbs, and lemon. Fish is actually an excellent source of nutrients when you’re pregnant, and eating at least one serving of fish a week is highly recommended! (Be sure it’s fish that’s low in mercury of course, like cod, salmon, trout, tilapia, etc.) My absolute favorite go-to fish is grilled blackened salmon, but we were feeling frisky this week and tried out cod instead.
Each of these meals was very inexpensive, and still healthy. Of course, my servings of sweet potatoes were a bit large and in-charge, so be weary of your proportions!