Cooking and baking your own food items is an excellent way to make eating more affordable and healthy. It may seem like too much of a burden to make everything from scratch but there are many ways to reduce the labor. Don’t buy breads, fake meats, canned beans, etc. Dry goods are sold in bulk with a much better price tag. When I make my own breads or proteins, I know exactly what has been put in it and its nutritional values. Store bought processed food is nutrient deficient. It has no value for the body. People buy it for convenience and price. Studies have linked processed food to cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. These diseases come with a much heavier price.
Potatoes are usually on sale and you can buy them in bulk. Potatoes are filling and packed with potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, B6 and Iron. Store them in a cool, dark place. They are an affordable and healthy choice.
Affordable and Healthy Meal Ideas
Beautiful recipes which you can substitute tofu or chickpeas for paneer or any meats. Lentil dishes that are divine. Lentils are very cheap but packed full of nutrients and fiber. You might have to add a few spices to your cabinet but it will be worth it for the richness you experience from this country’s recipes. I enjoyed a lot of these dishes when I first became vegan. Many recipes are simple with only a few ingredients, making them affordable and healthy. It really helped me with the transition because the meals were so filling. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t have all the ingredients. Look online for what you can substitute for any you don’t have.
Rice and beans are very affordable and healthy. With minimal ingredients you can have a complete and nourishing meal within minutes. I like to take one day each weekend to boil beans and make a few cups of rice for the week. (I put some aside for my dog’s homemade dog food) This makes meal preparation throughout the week much easier. It only takes a few hours of stirring occasionally and checking on the beans. You can mix in tomatoes, corn, seasonings, and nutritional yeast and you will have a happy family and money saved.
I keep bags of frozen vegetables for stir fry in my freezer. It only takes a few moments to fry up some tofu or tempeh. I add some liquid aminos but you can use soy or tamari sauce, remove tofu from heat, cook the vegetables, add a sauce and mix the tofu back in. Heat up some rice. This is an inexpensive meal, even with store bought frozen vegetables. Pick the biggest bag you can for the lowest price. I try to find sauce recipes on Pinterest that have ingredients I have on hand.
Using plain water for broth or using bouillon will save you money. Even better make your own for a really affordable and healthy version. You can make delicious chili dishes, lentil soups, split peas, also you can use potatoes to make any soups creamy. Most recipes can be adapted into a vegan version.
I hope these tips help you begin your journey into eating a healthier diet that is affordable and healthy. Keep your focus on incorporating as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Gain your strength, happiness, and well-being back through a healthy diet. You deserve your own love the very most!