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What are good healthy meals streamlined and cheap for a month ?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24356points) April 10th, 2022

Just wondering what a good monthly food would be? For one person. Also while being aware of the price?

No beans please.

Please suggest more veggies.

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Zaku's avatar

Why do I suspect that you are wanting to eat ONE food for an entire month?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Zaku Lol. Just wondering what other people do? Also what I should do? I am looking for a simple streamlined approach to meal planning.

Zaku's avatar

You should eat a variety of food, preferably with healthy fresh ingredients.

I could semantically cheat and tell you to eat “sushi” for a month.

I am currently eating from a variety of recipes including collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, garlic, ginger, sweet potatoes, carrots, fish, chicken, pork, beef, eggs, whole-grain breads, cheeses, yogurt, milk, fruit juice and preserves, etc. I buy as much as I can from local independent growers, and as much of the rest that I can from small local shops and Trader Joe.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Zaku I eat two bananas, and two navel oranges daily. A home made burger and/or home cooked 12— 16 split chicken wings. High fiber cereal or oatmeal daily with blueberries. Also a Mr. Noodles ramen. Two liters of milk and water daily.

Zaku's avatar

That’s not as bad as I feared. I’d suggest adding some other vegetables.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I will spend more time looking for vegetable’s next time I go shopping. Vegetables that I will actually eat.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Zaku I love broccoli and carrots. I will try adding them to my diet next time I go shopping.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Try a chopped broccoli and carrot salad maybe with Ranch dressing or Blue Cheese dressing.

RocketGuy's avatar

Brussels Sprouts: steam for 4 min then stir fry in garlic salt + olive oil. Cheap, high fiber, low fat, and tastes good.

seawulf575's avatar

Start with the basics of rice, veggies, and seasonings/sauces. Adding different meats and varying the spices can change the entire aspect of the meal without really changing the basics.

kruger_d's avatar

My favorite way to prepare veg is roasted on a sheet pan with garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, and rosemary or thyme.
Potatoes and onions
Carrots and parsnip
Red peppers and Brussels sprouts
Sweet potatoes

ariaezell37's avatar

If we’re talking about cheap but healthy food, then I’d suggest porridge. You can add different fruits to oatmeal so it won’t get boring after a couple of days. Usually, a bag of porridge can last for a week if you mix it from meal to meal with rice or buckwheat. To rice or buckwheat, you can add tomatoes or other vegetables. I can’t say that potatoes are very healthy but they can be cooked in many different ways and also be mixed with vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli or pepper.

Some potato dishes:
– cut boiled pieces that you can also bake in the over later to make them crispy;
– smashed potatoes;
– boiled and mashed potatoes;
– hash browns (not very healthy);
– fries (not healthy);
– sweet potatoes.

Also, I’d suggest cottage cheese with berry jams or yogurts. Berry jams last longer. 17.63 oz of cottage cheese can last for 3–4 days if you have it 1 time a day. A jar of jam (15.87 oz) will last for a couple of weeks (if you don’t overuse it).

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Update I cut out milk, juice and pop as drinks. I drink chilled tap water.

I am am slowing adding , non alcoholic, V8 low sodium veggie cocktails to my diet.

I have tins of peaches and pears, and oranges, and bananas daily.

I eat microwaved eggos with blueberry syrup as a treat.

I’m taking it easy on the chocolate, but not completely. I am eating them in moderation.

I have two or more pizza pockets instead of pizza.

I haven’t ordered take out in two months, as I prefer Instacart groceries from Costco and Superstore.

For Christmas I will order KFC and egg nog, or duck or pizza and hot wings.

I buy bulk hot dogs from Costco, and buns and cheese, and consume daily.

I will see if I can save money to pay off my debts.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Also I have mixed nuts as a snack, and Clover Leaf tuna kits.

RocketGuy's avatar

Nuts are great for snacks! 6 almonds for a late morning snack and I’m good until lunch.

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