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    My husband and I have always both been big on eating healthy.. We try to eat as much natural and organic ingredients as possible, however lately it has been kind of difficult.. We are putting all of our extra income into getting out of debt, which doesn't leave a large budget for grocery shopping.. we were spending about $700 a month, now we are at about $400... I don't even cook anymore, it's all cheap tv dinners and rozen lasagna's, spaghetti, that type of thing..

    I miss cooking whole, hearty, healthy meals! lol... Does anyone have any recipes (preferable with shorter ingredient lists) or tips on how I can maintain both... Budget, and health?

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    How about this http://busycooks.about.com/od/fivein...veingredie.htm

    These are all recipes with 5 or less ingredients. You can always make them more healthy by substituting things in them for your taste.

    I actually like recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients. Saves on the grocery budget that way.
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    here's what i'd recommend...

    take those tv dinners yer getting and make yer own!
    if you have a day you can cook, do just that and freeze on plates/platters, even re-use those tv dinner trays (dunno if you can reheat tho), or tupperware.

    spaghetti is cheap/easy.
    hm fajitas or tacos or burritos
    salads
    soups (some in a can i hear are pretty good too!)
    beans/rice

    do you have a crock pot?
    there's that.

    and if it's just you & yer dh then meals should be easy and small... and pretty quick to make... even the night you want something.

    i'd say take some ideas from those frozen entrees and make yer own. it's cheaper and way healthier!

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    We eat lots of chicken breasts (they're on sale right now for $1/lb), lots of salads, lots of fruits and veggies. We don't have a huge organic selection here so we just do the best we can. We've also got our garden going for the summer and fall which helps too. We try hard to stay away from most processed foods and such........if we're too lazy to cook we'll eat a bowl of healthy cereal (ok that's processed) with fruit for dinner (2% milk).

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    beef stew cooked in the crock pot taste so good and cheap.
    I buy reduced meat at the grocery store.
    chicken and dumpling`s are cheap to fix.
    chicken and dressing.
    bean`s cooked incrock pot and put add a pk of eckridge sasuage
    taste awesome can put over rice . also make corn bread very good meal.
    good luck

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    How about poaching or steaming chickenbreast or fish. You can mix some honey and mustard for a dipping sauce.

    Lately have been eating mostly salads with some type of protein added.

    Celery and carrot sticks with hummus makes a great snack.

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    Since Vegetable season is here start getting more vegetables (go to famers markets or grow your own if you can)
    Rice is cheap.
    Beans are cheap
    Tortilla's 99 cents
    Ground Turkey
    Tomato sauce in a can or make your own. You can make salsa with your veg's.
    Stock up on flour when it goes on sale and make your own breads and muffins and biscuits.
    Buy a whole chicken and cut it into smaller pieces
    Make your own chicken stock from the left over bones of the chicken and vegs.(you can use the part of veg that you are going to throw out - Tops of carrots and celery)
    Pasta noodle go on sale often. Get different kinds of pastas to make your meal a little different.
    Tuna and salmon (canned are pretty cheap)
    There are alot of recipes on the web for heathy cooking from scratch.

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    I'd try to cook ahead and freeze them in portion sizes so you only need to take out one container for the two of you. Sauces, soups, stews and casseroles can be made ahead and frozen and will be healthier b/c you make them yourself. Its not all from a can or storebought. All you have to do is reheat.

    A friend I know cooks a pot of rice for the week and freezes it and pulls it out 10 minutes before she needs to serve it. I think she just nukes it with a dash of water to help steam it/refresh it. I think you can freeze cooked pasta and reheat by doing the same thing.

    You can always bbq up a box of chicken breasts some with different seasonings and then once cooled, flash freeze them and then package them up for the freezer with the appropriate label. You can even make strips for salad later and add it on top.

    Ground meat is another thing a friend did. He'd fry it up, no seasonings and then rinse it in a strainer under hot water to get the excess grease off of it. He'd freeze it in portions and pull ot one bag to make tacos or spaghetti sauce. If he ever had a recipe that needed ground beef, he'd just thaw it out the night before and reheat it up in the pan and add seasonings.

    My favourite quick meals are:

    * whole wheat pasta with pesto sauce (from a jar) and sliced cucumbers/peppers
    * salad with canned tuna, salmon or flaked chicken even a hard boiled egg
    * grilled cheese with soup and sliced veggies
    * eggs: fried, scrambelled, boiled, poached wih toast and an apple
    * homemade pizza on pita bread
    * cereal with fruit (try to pick a healthy cereal vs sugary ones)
    * fresh fruit for dessert and/or sugar free pudding

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    I use http://www.recipezaar.com/ a lot. They have a whole "frugal" cooking section too.

    You can probably cut your $400/month half and eat healthier if you stop eating pre-prepared foods . And homemade is usually more satisfying too.

    Freeze your leftovers for easy re-heat lunches or dinners on days you're too busy to cook.

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