10 Frugal, Healthy Meals for Post-Holiday
Every year, when we traipse to the frozen tundra that still holds most of my family captive, I tell myself something. I tell myself that staying at grandma’s house doesn’t mean I have to eat like a 5 year-old. And for the most part, that’s true. When I was 5, I had a loving parent who wouldn’t let me eat half the jar of chocolate covered peanuts. Or too many of these pieces of heaven.
So technically, I don’t eat like a 5 year-old. I eat like an adult who has lost all sense of maturity.
If you’re like me, and the holidays prompt a serious struggle with willpower. I have something for you.
It’s a list of 10 easy meals you can make that are heavy in the veggie department but light on the wallet. You can find the ingredients almost anywhere – in the food desert where your grandparents live, or the beautiful southern city that you now call home.
What You Can Do Now:
- Choose one of these recipes to make this week – write the ingredients down on your grocery list so you can make it.
- Go on Facebook and join the fun, where I ask you to use a GIF to describe how you feel post-holiday (my answer in the comments there).
Takes 5 minutes to toss in the slow cooker, and I included instructions for making tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, taco salad, nachos, and more. A lighter, vegetarian spin on one of our favorite meals.
Whether you prefer green or not-gross-colored smoothies, here’s how we’ve made smoothies fit in a tight budget.
I chug these a lot over the holiday, because you can find the basic ingredients anywhere, and they’re easy to drink between meals.
Loaded with veggies and quick to toss in the crockpot or pressure cooker, Githeri is a flavorful vegetarian dinner.
A simple, homemade version of our canned favorite. Contains no sugar, and includes a dairy-free, vegan version.
Or what to do with all the veggies in the crisper drawer. Easy to customize, and you can make it dairy-free too.
We’ve tried a lot of different versions, and this is our favorite. Serve with vanilla yogurt or a light drizzle of maple syrup. Make it healthier by adding chopped fruit to sweeten it instead.
Vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar, and still delightfully sweet and refreshing after all that heavy holiday food. BONUS: You can mix it all in one bowl or directly in the pan.
Another easy, veggie-loaded dinner. Only takes 20 minutes to put together, and works great as a vegan dish or with zucchini noodles.
Those individual jars are cute, but what if you’re feeding more than 2.5 people? Just as good as the jars, but 100% easier. BONUS: Apply this concept to any overnight oats recipe.
Drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices is EXPENSIVE. Here’s how we’ve made it fit in a small budget.
So whether you’re proud of yourself during this post-holiday, or like me, you came too close to your inner 5 year-old, maybe these recipes can help. They’re simple, full of real food, and incredibly frugal.