Fabulously Frugal

8 Aug

Since the majority of my work is freelance, there are times when money is tight and budgeting is essential.  During these times however, I am still eating nutritious, plant based dishes.  I’m not quite sure how this idea of healthy eating being expensive started, but it must be stopped!  Sure, when you go to Whole Foods and look at some of the price tags, it seems outrageous.  However, these are often organic snacks, cookies, crackers, etc.  None of these are things you actually need in your diet.  When you learn to eat simply, not only does your bank account thank you but your body does as well.

Fresh produce is very affordable, especially when bought from your local farmers market.  This is what the majority of your diet should consist of anyways.  Add to this legumes, grains, nuts and seeds and you’ll have everything you need to make a complete meal.  There have been days when I thought my pantry was bare but still managed to pull off a tasty, healthy meal.

Yesterday was one of those days when I was staring in a near empty pantry wondering what I could possibly make.  After some creative thought, I made these two dishes.

 

Frugal dinner

Zucchini Potato Gratin

1 zucchini

2 potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried rosemary

sea salt and pepper to taste

~ Rinse off the zucchini and scrub the potatoes, you can peel them if you wish but I like to leave them on

~ Using a mandoline slicer or with the slicing blade of your food processor, slice the potato and zucchini into thin slices

~ Layer the slices in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the spices on top

~ Bake at 350 for 25 min

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Squash Noodles in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

2 yellow squash

2 tomatoes

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

sea salt and pepper to taste

~ Using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler, make your squash noodles

~ Add the rest of the ingredients into your food processor and process until smooth. You may want to add a little bit of water here to thin out the sauce.

~ Mix the sauce with the noodles and mix well to coat evenly

 

Remember that eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive.  By eating simple, real foods you are giving your body what it needs and was designed to run on.  Honor your body and feed it the foods it needs.

 

 

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