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EASY, HEALTHY MEALS ON A BUDGET

09th January 2018

January can be a difficult month to get back into your diet and meal planning. You’ve joined the gym in the promise to make yourself fitter, but for some getting back into the routine of meals and eating healthy can be challenge.

Simple meal prepping can help with this, and can go a long way to helping keep you on track with your diet.

Learning to cook and prep easily but healthily can be very effective to your lifestyle. We’ve put together some simple recipes that couldn’t be easier and won’t break the bank…

 

Simple spaghetti bolognese

You will need:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 large mushrooms, chopped
  • 350g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 280ml of veg stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 275g spaghetti, dried
  1. Add a drop of oil to a saucepan and place over a medium heat.
  2. Add the beef mince and cook for 3 minutes until browned.
  3. Drain off any excess fat and add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano, mushrooms and stock cube.
  4. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Cook the spaghetti in boiling water for 15 minutes and drain.
  6. Serve the spaghetti and Bolognese sauce.

 

Quick chicken curry

You will need:

  • 2 onions
  • 4 large mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 6 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200g passata
  • 400ml chicken stock
  1. Place a saucepan over a medium heat, adding a drop of oil. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, until soft and starting to colour.
  3. Add the curry powder, tomato puree, passata and stock, stir together.
  4. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice or vegetables.

 

Easy chicken wrap pizza

You will need:

  •  1 tortilla wrap
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 50g of mozzarella
  • Cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Place the wrap onto a baking tray.
  3. Spread the tomato puree, covering the wrap.
  4. Scatter the mozzarella cheese on top, covering the tomato puree.
  5. Add the cooked chicken and peppers.
  6. Bake in the oven for approx. 12 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.