3 Healthy Inexpensive Meals

I find that my meal planning each week works very well when I include simple, easy recipes. I also find that making large simple meals that are inexpensive, yet healthy meals, are a great way to reduce your monthly grocery bill. The first reason is that the ingredients in these meals are usually inexpensive in most grocery stores. The second reason is that each recipe will feed a large family, but if you are only feeding 2 people, you can freeze the leftovers and serve the same meal next week. Here are some of our favourite recipes.

Lazy Man Cabbage Rolls

This is a recipe that we often make in the winter. It is one of the few times that we eat rice in a meal. I tried making it without rice and it just wasn’t the same. The recipe is adapted from SparkRecipes. It is a Ukrainian Tradition! Leftovers taste even better and this meal freezes well too.

Minutes to Prepare: 20

Minutes to Cook:  Approx. 120


1 lb - Extra lean or lean ground beef

1 cup - Rice white or brown

1/2 cup - Onions chopped

3-5 cups - Cabbage chopped larger

2-3 cups - Tomato Juice



* You may use ground turkey Instead of ground beef


Pre-heat to 325 degrees F

Do not pre-cook anything. Mix ground beef, rice, onions and spices together with a bit of the cabbage. Layer the meat and the cabbage in a roasting pan or any pan that can go in the oven. On each layer add a bit of the tomato juice. Once done pour the remaining tomato juice on top.

Bake on the middle rack.

Bake until cabbage is soft. Approximately 2 to 3 hours. Check every 30-45 minutes.

If it looks like it is drying out add more tomato juice to the pan.

This recipe freezes well.

Makes 6 -7 servings.

Serving size 1 cup.

Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

beef stew


2 lb. beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes

1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 1/2 cup beef broth

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. paprika

4 carrots, sliced

3 potatoes, diced

1 stalk celery, diced


Place the beef stew meat in the crock pot. Mix the flour, salt and pepper and pour over the beef. Stir to coat the beef with the flour. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. (High 4 to 6 hours.) Stir well before serving. Recipe adapted from Beef-Cooking.com

Slow Cooker Chili

bowl of chili


2 pounds lean ground beef

1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice

1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chili powder


Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.

In a large crock pot combine the ground beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, onions, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, and chili powder. Set slow cooker on low and cook for 8 to 10 hours.

I love serving a bowl of chili with grated cheddar cheese and sour cream on top!


What are you serving this week?



    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 03/06/2012 11:23 a.m. #

      I love the recipes! Those pictures are AWESOME by the way! I'm so jealous (lol)...I can't ever get my pictures to turn out like that.

      What camera do you use? (If you don't mind me asking)

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/06/2012 12:45 p.m. #

      Thanks! I use an Olympus that we bought several years ago.

    • Money Infant

      Money Infant 03/11/2012 7:42 p.m. #

      Oh, I had no idea you just wrote about the cabbage rolls!

      The chili looks awesome as well. Another meal I haven't made in some time because of the hot weather here. Funny how certain meals are just tied to cold weather in our minds.

      And I agree the pictures look awesome. I really need to stop being so lazy and get my camera out when I do food posts.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/11/2012 9:24 p.m. #

      Yeah, I think I only make chili in the winter as well. Would love to see pics of your recipes too!

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