I recently published a piece on how to save money and get freebies. To follow on from this, I thought it would be nice to share with you some ways on how you can save money by eating healthily too.
One of the most budget friendly types of food is Asian cuisine, especially Chinese and Thai which is evident when you look on Hungry House. Excellent examples on just how inexpensive it is can be easily spotted and you can also see it is completely possible to eat delicious, filling and healthy Chinese and Asian cuisine for as little as £25 a month.
Part of the reason that Chinese cuisine is so inexpensive to prepare at home is to do with its tradition and philosophy. Traditionally, Asian cultures have a no-waste approach to food. Meat is used sparingly (the typical Chinese recipe calls for about 140 grams of meat) and in season vegetables are a staple.
Here are some examples for you to try out:
Green Bean Stir Fry
Green Bean Stir Fry is a Chinese staple and usually contains a bit of meat or tofu. When green beans are in season, the dish is inexpensive. You can also prepare this dish with any vegetables you like even ones which you find for a bargain or reduced price.
Pocket Eggs with Soy-Sesame Sauce
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution food was often scarce and rationed. Pocket eggs, which are served over noodles or rice, became a staple in many areas.
The multiple methods of preparing fried rice means that you have lots of options. Fried rice is actually at its best when made with leftovers. (The secret to good fried rice is to use day-old rice.) You can make a more than ample serving of fried rice for about £1.50.
Beef with Rice Noodles
You can make this dish with either fresh or frozen veggies, which makes it easy to take advantage of whichever is the best bargain at the market. This meal also typically cost about £1.50 per serving.
Stir-Fry Beef with Gravy
This dish, which comes from The Chinese Cookbook uses green pepper, mushrooms, sprouts, and peas and costs about 41p a serving.
Marinated Broccoli Stems
This recipe makes a nice side dish, using what is typically the worst part of fresh broccoli and costs about 6p a serving.
These recipes serve as just a few examples of just how inexpensive Chinese food can be when you prepare it at home. There are a number of excellent Chinese cookbooks out there, but of course you can easily find the recipes online.
In addition to helping your budget, Chinese and Asian food in general is incredibly healthy as the dishes contain lean meats, a very small amount of healthy oils and lots of healthy vegetables. Considering this, Chinese food is likely to remain a part of your regular diet even when you’re not trying to save those pennies.
What do you think of my recipe ideas? Would you try any of these recipes at home?