10 Frugal, Healthy Meals for Post-Holiday

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10 easy meals for the post-holiday slump that are heavy in veggies but light on the wallet. They're simple, full of real food, and incredibly frugal. Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Egg-free options and variations. From CheapskateCook.com


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:

  1. Choose one of these recipes to make this week – write the ingredients down on your grocery list so you can make it.
  2. 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).


Frugal, Easy, Healthy Filling for Tacos, Nachos, Burritos, Taquitos & More - 5-minute crockpot or slow cooker recipe


Easy Lentils & Rice Filling

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.


How to Make Cheap Smoothies - Frugal hacks to help you get the most out of your smoothies. From CheapskateCook.com


How to Make Cheap Smoothies

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.


Githeri (Kenyan Corn & Beans) - In America, it’s easy to feel discouraged about healthy, frugal eating. Our classic cheap food consists of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, and freeze-dried ramen noodles. But look outside our borders and you’ll find an endless supply of flavor town. This East African inspired dinner is frugal, easy to prepare, and loaded with real food. It's also vegan, vegetarian, freezer-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free.


Githeri (Kenyan Corn & Beans)

Loaded with veggies and quick to toss in the crockpot or pressure cooker, Githeri is a flavorful vegetarian dinner.


Simple, inexpensive tomato soup ready in 10 minutes and full of real food ingredients you can find at any store. Dairy-free version too! From CheapskateCook.com


10-Minute Tomato Soup

A simple, homemade version of our canned favorite. Contains no sugar, and includes a dairy-free, vegan version.


This easy frittata takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and you can load it with veggies, sausage, cheese, or anything else to make a quick, frugal meal. It can also be dairy-free, vegetarian, and makes a great gluten-free breakfast or dinner. From CheapskateCook.com


Easy Frittata

Or what to do with all the veggies in the crisper drawer. Easy to customize, and you can make it dairy-free too.


Simple Baked Oatmeal - Allergy-free and freezer-friendly! from CheapskateCook.com


Simple Baked Oatmeal

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.


A simple, frugal breakfast bar loaded with real food and berries. Also included: gluten-free, dairy-free, and no-added-sugar variations. From CheapskateCook.com


Oat & Berry Bars

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.



Broccoli & Parmesan Noodles

Another easy, veggie-loaded dinner. Only takes 20 minutes to put together, and works great as a vegan dish or with zucchini noodles.


Overnight Oats for a Crowd - When you want to make a lot of oatmeal, but all those individual jars are too tedious. From CheapskateCook.com


Overnight Oats for a Crowd

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.


Frugal Juicing - What to do with leftover fruit and vegetable pulp. I used to think that juicing meant we needed a large grocery budget. But with some creative repurposing, we drink juice without busting the budget. From CheapskateCook.com


Frugal Juicing

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.


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