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LIBBYL1
Posts: 5,761
12/29/12 1:13 P

chickpea/bean salads
"pizzas" made on a tortilla/pita bread with lots of tomato, only a little bit of mozzarella and then lots of veggies on top (I particularly like spinach as it goes crispy under the grill). Sometimes if I have it, sprinkle a tiny bit of feta as well before grilling
A frittata/spanish omelette - can slice it up like a quiche but much quicker to make - and nice cold the next day for lunch
cous cous/quinoa salad




CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
12/29/12 8:34 A

you'll probably also find great suggestions if you search for "pantry" "cheap" "beans" in the boards. There have been lots of threads discussing "bulk" cooking and purchasing

I love making things in bulk and dividing them into portions to freeze and reheat at a later time.
Getting things on sale will accommodate that, and when the price goes up; I'll have a freezer full.

A slow cooker is a friendly appliance.





EOWYN2424
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12/29/12 6:59 A

Make your own sandwiches. All need you need is lettuce, spinach or any kind of greens you can eat raw, some kind of meat, I like chicken slices or back bacon (cheaper and less fatty than streaky bacon) and some margarine, you might like to add a slice of cheese if you like.

Or if you're feeling fancy, you can add sliced mushrooms to your sandwich.



IRISH421
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12/29/12 6:46 A

For breakfast I like either hard boiled egg or oatmeal and a glass of milk. They are both filling and keep me full out on my route.



TENNISJIM
Posts: 9,530
12/29/12 6:21 A

Oat meal



THROOPER62
Posts: 16,691
12/29/12 6:08 A

Black or red beans and rice, fruit and cottage cheese



KKKAREN
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12/29/12 5:43 A

eggs with a side of veges for dinner



TCANNO
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12/29/12 4:46 A

Poached egg on toast for breakfast




LISAN0415
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12/29/12 3:12 A

Black Bean Soup (lots of recipes on spark people)


Whole wheat pasta and marinara sauce

scarmbled eggs and turkey sausage (yep I eat it for dinner sometimes too)

Turkey chili (again lots of recipes on sparkpeople)

chicken and noodles with spicy thai peanut sauce (on spark recipes)

whole wheat tortillas filled with chicken, refried beans and low fat cheese




UPBEAT551
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12/29/12 2:16 A

a can of kidney beans and stewed tomatoes, microwaved with a little shredded cheese on top
When I don't klnow what to eat I make this.



ARUSHING2
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12/29/12 2:02 A

A great Hot and Sour soup.

Good chilli con carne with cheese.

Tuna fish sandwich or tuna fish salad.

Boiled eggs with whatever.

Grits and eggs near every which way.

Old Fashioned Oat Meal with raisins or other dried fruit/cinnamon/etc.

Home made burger with everything you want on it.

Mixed green salad with tomatos, avocado, nuts and fruit.

Tomato and avocado salad with pepper and a spicy dressing.

Cottage cheese and whatever.

A great yogurt and whatever.





LYNNJ1976
Posts: 448
12/28/12 10:08 P

Vegetable soup from the chinese restaurant. Makes a great lunch emoticon



MI-ELLKAYBEE
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12/28/12 9:44 P

Tuna with brown rice and black beans. Add hot pepper and salsa for more flavor.



ETHELMERZ
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12/28/12 9:25 P

Bowl of Cream of Wheat, and 2 fried eggs on the side.



PT.JEFFGIRL
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12/28/12 9:19 P

My husband eats this 3/4 times a week. One can Steak and Potato Chunky soup with lots of added chicken and a half can sliced mushrooms and a half can sliced carrots. He likes one slice of rye bread with it.



UMBILICAL
Posts: 11,133
12/28/12 9:16 P

Beans



JO88BAKO
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12/28/12 8:54 P

Cook at home. Stretch meat with beans. Salads are good



JIACOLO
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12/28/12 8:14 P

Breakfast for dinner can be nutritious, delicious, and fun.



GLITTERFAIRY77
Posts: 8,023
12/28/12 5:39 P

Kinda...Not just that, but if I wasn't cooking for my kids' father as well, I think I could totally do meatless, at least 95% of the year. I LIKE meat. Don't get me wrong, but it's cheaper to eat vegetarian, which is why for me, my mother, and my kids, I'm doing vegetarian 3 nights a week-Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Tonight it was black bean soup made with vegetable broth, and cheese rice. Throw some Frank's Red hot and 1/4 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt? OMG, yum.



OBIESMOM2
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12/28/12 5:36 P

Abi - you sound like a Dave Ramsey fan emoticon



GLITTERFAIRY77
Posts: 8,023
12/28/12 5:33 P

Rice and beans



KRISTEN_SAYS
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Posts: 5,088
12/28/12 5:28 P

Vegan chili
Black bean veggie burgers
Butternut squash mac and cheese
Butternut squash soup (when butternut squash is in season. I got mine for 33 cents a pound, bought 18 pounds of it and froze it)
Oatmeal banana pancakes
Quiche
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream"




KWOOD1955
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12/28/12 5:18 P

Veggie Subway sandwich. Or Ham/Turkey Subway sandwich.



SINAED
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12/28/12 5:16 P

Ok don.t laugh....in australia mc donalds offer a garden salad which includes lettuce rocket cucumber and cherry tomatoes all for $2......i always have a 100 grams canned tuna cost 90cents......they also supply a sachet of salad dressing which i never use. So there u have it quick lunch in between travelling between jobs lol with the advantage that the salad is crisp rather then soggy



OBIESMOM2
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12/28/12 5:09 P

if you have a wholesale club membership (or know somebody who does) you can find healthy stuff in bulk (brown rice, quinoa, fresh veggies that you can freeze yourself, large packages of frozen vegetables, etc.)

I love brown rice/bulghur/quinoa with steamed vegetables.

watch the grocery store sale papers and buy chicken or other lean meats when they are on special. Portion out and freeze or cook all of it and freeze to use later. And be sure to save the broth you cooked the meat in!

super easy to make your own 'fried' rice: scramble an egg; cook some frozen mixed veggies; add both to cooked brown rice

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 12/28/2012 (17:10)


BLUBEL1
Posts: 1,003
12/28/12 4:43 P

I like red beans and rice
A dish I call hamburger scramble which is hamburger, sautéed veggies ( whatever I have) and canned tomatoes. Add some pasta, rice etc and that's it
An omelet with leftover meats and veggies
Tuna salad. I get multi packs of tuna at Costco
Chef salad
Chinese cuisine with lots of veggies and a little meat over brown rice
Most anything with eggs or beans
I've also learned to reduce my portion sizes on meat especially



UGAKATE85
Posts: 2,558
12/28/12 4:22 P

personal favorite of a quick and easy dinner: quinoa, black beans, and salsa



KELLY_SP
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Posts: 9,417
12/28/12 4:12 P

Hello,

It is possible! Here is a great article you may like.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=511


Additionally, you should check out our sister site, SparkRecipes www.sparkrecipes.com it's full of great and healthy recipes for any budget

Be well,
Kelly



*CRYSTALICIOUS*
Posts: 851
12/28/12 3:16 P

Is losing weight, eating healthy, and spending less possible?

Well, next year that is what I am going to try to do. I am looking for simple, cheap, and healthy meals that will help me achieve both of these. I really need your ideas!!

breakfasts, lunches, dinners (especially), snacks, desserts, whatever it is that YOU love!

thank you soooo much!



 
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