Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

healthy recipes that are CHEAP!!!!?

i'm getting bored with what i cook and need new ideas please, recipes for 1 or 2 people and cheap cheap cheap!!!!!!


15 Answers

  • thomas
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    ~~~~~Patatas Bravas~~~~~

    3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed well and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I didn't peel mine)

    olive oil spray

    1/2 medium red onion, minced

    2-3 cloves garlic, minced

    1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

    1 bay leaf

    1/2 cup water

    4 -6 green olives, halved

    chopped parsley, for garnish

    Start a large pot of water on to boil while you preheat the oven to 375 F. When the water comes to a boil, add the diced potatoes. Boil for 5 minutes—no longer or they will start to fall apart. Pour them gently into a colander and allow all the water to drain off.

    Place the potatoes into a large, shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with olive oil. Spritz the tops of the potatoes lightly with olive oil and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes and then stir with a spatula, making sure they aren't sticking to the pan. Bake for about 30 more minutes, stirring again halfway through. The potatoes should become crispy but not hard and overdone.

    While the potatoes are cooking, make the sauce. Sauté the onion in a non-stick pot for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, and cayenne and cook one minute more. Add the remaining ingredients (except parsley) and simmer for about 20 minutes, until thickened. Remove the bay leaf and puree the sauce in a blender or food processor. Return it to the pan and keep warm until ready to serve.

    Once the potatoes are cooked, place them in a serving bowl and pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve as a side dish or appetizer

    ~~~~~~Rotini (or Penne) All'Arrabbiata~~~~~~

    2 tsp. olive oil

    3 tsp. garlic, finely minced (use fresh, not the jarred; trust me)

    1 - 1 1/2 tsp dried red pepper (use less if you don't like spicy)

    1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes


    8 oz pasta (penne or ziti preferred)

    2 Tbs parsley, chopped

    Sauté the garlic and red pepper in the olive oil for about 3 minutes; do not brown the garlic!

    Use a blender to puree the tomatoes. (I use a hand blender right in the can and leave them slightly on the chunky side.) Stir the tomatoes into the garlic mixture. Simmer, stirring, until the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

    Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes; drain. Toss with the sauce and cook for a couple minutes more. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a good crusty bread. Serves 4

    ~~~~~~~Black-eyed Pea Gumbo~~~~~~~

    2 medium onions, diced

    1 bell pepper (any color), chopped

    2 ribs celery, chopped

    1 tbsp. tomato paste

    1 tbsp. minced garlic

    4 cups vegetable broth, water, or a combination

    2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes

    1 pound okra, tops removed and sliced

    1 1/2 tsp. thyme

    3 bay leaves

    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

    1/8 tsp. black pepper

    1/4 tsp. garlic powder

    1 tsp. oregano

    1-2 tsp. chopped chipotle peppers (canned in adobo)

    1/4 tsp. Liquid Smoke (optional)

    2 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, plus cooking liquid (1 cup dried black-eyed peas cooked in 3 cups water)*

    salt to taste (optional)

    *You can use canned black-eyed peas--use 2 16-ounce cans, rinse them first and add some extra water or broth to the gumbo.

    Heat a large, non-stick stock pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions and cook, stirring regularly, until they begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the bell pepper and celery, and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the tomato paste and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.

    Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until okra is done and mixture has thickened, about 45-55 minutes. Add more water as needed--this will be thicker than a soup but still have a good amount of broth. Serve over freshly cooked brown rice and add hot sauce at the table.

    ~~~~~~~~Cajun 15-Bean Soup~~~~~~~~~

    20 ounces dried mixed beans (you can find these prepackaged in most grocery stores), rinsed

    12 cups water

    1 large onion -- chopped

    1 rib celery, chopped

    1 bell pepper, chopped

    1 clove garlic -- minced

    juice of one lemon

    15-ounce can stewed tomatoes

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1 teaspoon chili powder

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon oregano

    1 teaspoon thyme

    1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

    1 1/2 teaspoons salt -- or to taste

    Last night I saved some time by putting the beans into the pressure cooker with 8 cups water, cooking at high pressure for 12 minutes, and then releasing the pressure and cooking until the beans were completely cooked. If you use a pressure cooker, I advise letting the pressure come down naturally rather than quick-releasing. And if you have a quick-release setting on your PC, do not use it! I had beans stuck in my valve when I tried that.

    If you don't want to pressure cook them, then place the washed beans in a pot with 12 cups of water and boil covered 60-75 minutes until beans are tender.

    While the beans are boiling, brown the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic in a non-stick skillet.

    Add onion mixture, stewed tomatoes, and lemon juice to beans along with the spices and simmer 30-45 minutes. (If you started the beans in the pressure cooker, add 2 cups water at this time too.) Add liquid smoke and salt at the end. Serve with bread or over rice, or just by itself, as I did.

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  • X
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Cheap? I hear ya!

    How about some rice (if you are tired of white rice, it's a little more expensive for basmati or jasmine, but they are still a cheap food and very tasty!) with black beans. Pour the juice from the beans over the top. Add some salsa (cheap if you have your own garden, and fresh is always best, but for cheap without a garden try: tomato paste, powdered or crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, water, and dried cilantro or parsley. Mix as much of these as you have or want. Ta da!) and you've got yourself a great meal! Or at least a good, hearty, filling side dish. Add some chicken or ground beef patties (seasoned with cumin and the seasonings from the salsa) and some corn tortillas for a fabulous dinner. Name it something super fancy, remember you got it from a Guatemalan/American family, and surprise yourselves for under $2 bucks!

    The beans, rice, and salsa can be made in bulk and frozen in small amounts. They all freeze well, and reheat well in the microwave.

    Source(s): Broke most of the time, but love good food!
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  • 1 decade ago

    Hi, this is deliciously cheap.

    Pasta with aubergine

    Ingredients (for 2 people , so you can invite me over)

    300 grams penne or spahetti

    1 aubergine

    1 can of chopped tomatoes

    4 cloves garlic

    extra vergin olive oil

    dried chilli


    Chop the aubergine in small cubes and slice the garlic.

    Pan fry the aubergine in a little oil till slightly golden. Add the garlic and keep frying being very careful not to burn it. Keep stirring for a few minutes. Now add the canned tomatoes, chilli and salt. Saute for around 10 minutes. In the meanwhile bring to the boil plenty of salted water, add pasta and cook till aldente . Drain well and mix with the sauce and pan fry the whole thing for an extra minute. Add a bit of extravergin olive oil.

    ... And call me for dinner.



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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1 onion

    1 clove garlic

    1 stick of celery

    1 carrot

    1 red pepper

    handful of mushrooms

    1 tin chopped tomatoes

    1 mug boiled water (2 people) (1/2 mug - 1 person)

    1 stock cube

    1 mug of Quinoa (2 people) (1/2 mug - 1 person)

    Roughly chop all vegetables and lightly fry for 5 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Add lots of pepper to taste. While the mixture is simmering put 1 mug of quinoa and 1 mug of boiled water in a pan with the stock cube and boil until the water is soaked up by the quinoa. Serve immediately! Delicious. NB Quinoa is packed with protein.

    Source(s): Me
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  • abcd
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    my ultimate cheap recipe from when i was a student was a simple pasta sauce. Tinned tomatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms, celery, or whatever else you have in the fridge. Can also be transformed if you add fresh chilli and cream.

    Tasty, suitable for freezing, and most importatly CHEAP !!

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  • Miss 6
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Brown rice, with chicken breast, mushrooms, onions, and spinach.

    I would cook the chicken in a pan on the stove in olive oil. Make the spinach and brown rice as you normally would. Sauttee the mushrooms and onions and then put it all in a bowl. That is soo good, I think I might have that for dinner tonight ;)!

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  • 1 decade ago

    how about a pot of chili.

    Use lean ground beef/ ground turkey (buy in bulk)

    seasoned black beans/kidney beans (generic brands)

    diced tomatoes and tomato sauce

    onions, bell pepper

    salt/pepper/garlic and chili powder (all cheap spices) or you could use a chili seasoning packet

    serve with garlic bread

    also freezes well, so you can make a big batch and save it.

    Pita pizzas

    take flat pitas and flavored tomato sauce

    pepperoni/ chicken strips/bacon/mushrooms or whatever toppings

    top with shredded cheese

    brush aroound edges with olive oil

    bake at 350 for about 15 mins

    Serve with salad (lettuce tomato and cucumber, all very cheap)

    eggs are always economical

    you can make a casserole with eggs, butter, potatoes and maybe ham or sausage. sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Check out the recipes on the Vegetarian Society's website, or look out for books by Rose Elliot. Her stuff is brilliant, and she's written a book that would be perfect for you -

    the title says it all!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For a nice drink to lose 5 lbs. in one week follow this:

    Take 60 oz of distilled water.

    1 TreeRoot Teabag.

    1 TblSpn of lemon juice.

    And 1 Cup of unsweetened cranberry juice.

    1. Put all of the ingredients into the water.

    2. Mix, and wait for the teabag to mix into the water.

    3. Drink 120oz of this weekly to lose over 5 lbs of water-bloat.

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