I started a new tradition at Budget for Health by sharing recipes I made and loved. This is my 3rd month of sharing (See what we ate in December) and it’s been a fun post to write. It’s also a form of accountability because I want to lead by example when it comes to meal planning that is easy, budget friendly, and healthy.
I made this twice in January. Both times I let it soak overnight to make prep easier in the morning. I also cut down on the maple syrup a LOT (1 Tbsp versus 1/3 cup). It’s plenty sweet if you’re adding fruit.
Chicken noodle soup
Mom saves the day again. This was a rough month for us in terms of health. All 3 of us got a bad cold to ring in the new year. My mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup is the bomb.
Baked potato bar
I’m glad I was taking pictures of Nora & enjoying her first birthday party but I wound up forgetting to take a snapshot of our baked potato bar! It was a cheap & delicious option since we were feeding 20+ guests. The toppings were homemade chili, cheese, green onion, sour cream, and (real) bacon bits. We had a veggie & hummus tray, artichoke dip, and birthday cake to go with the potato bar.
The salmon burgers from Costco are lifesavers on nights we need a quick dinner. I sautéed some fresh spinach, sliced up an orange, and added a few beets since I roasted a lot for salad toppings.
Spaghetti squash curry with ground beef & veggies
No special recipe here- just some baked spaghetti squash with my homemade curry powder, ground beef, and sautéed stir fry veggies from Costco.
Roasted turkey & sweet potato hash
#DOMESTIC. I bought a turkey when prices were rock bottom over Thanksgiving and stuck it in my deep freezer to roast another day. was pretty darn proud of how my first roasted turkey came out. I even tried a technique I had never heard of before: spatchcocking. This step-by-step spatchcocking resource was very helpful and it turned out to be super moist from the dry brine process I used. The total time commitment of this was a full week: 3 days to thaw, 3 days to dry brine, and I cooked it on the 7th day. If you have the space in your fridge then try it!
Turkey curry stew
Sad story; I think Dave has a temporary aversion to this dish because the night I made it we both came down with the stomach flu. It reminded him of being sick when we warmed it up the next day. It’s pretty darn good though so I’m sure he’ll be over it by next month when I make it again. I used turkey instead of chicken since I had a bunch leftover.
Butternut squash chili
We made this for friends and had plenty leftover even after going back for seconds. I never make the exact recipe because the type of beans or ingredients I have on hand vary each time. I love being able to make dishes the night before so all I have to do is heat it up before guests arrive.
What’s on your menu this month?