The Fare Share Food Bank can provide a number of resources to help you create healthy, filling meals on a moderate budget.
Pastas, casseroles, chilis, soups and stews are all good dinner options for everyone from single people to larger families. These dishes allow you to incorporate lots of ingredients into a meal (including whatever you might have lying around) and can be very hearty and healthy. The leftovers will also last for up to a week, and often end up tasting even better after a day or two of sitting in the refrigerator.
Crockpots are a wonderful, easy way to cook many dishes slowly throughout the day. For a busy family, nothing is easier than throwing all the ingredients into a pot in the morning, and coming home to a ready-to-serve meal at dinnertime.
In the warmer months, when fresh vegetables are easier to find and cheaper to buy, there are even more possibilities.
Here’s a great example of an inexpensive, healthy, high-protein, vegetable-filled chili that will fill a family of six, with leftovers to spare. You can add leftovers from the fridge in addition to, or instead of, some of the ingredients listed — all kinds of things will work!
This chili can be served on its own, or with bread or rice.
1 big can of tomato juice
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1-2 cans of black beans, drained and washed
1-22 cans of red kidney beans, drained and washed
4 stalks of celery, cut into small pieces
3 cups of carrots, cut into small pieces
1 red onion, cut into chunks
1 can of corn
Chili powder to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
Put everything in a soup pot or crock pot and simmer on the lowest setting for an afternoon, stirring the pot every so often. Put in fridge overnight. Simmer again the next day for at least 3 hours before you want to eat, longer if you have time.