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Old 04-14-10, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Need Food Suggestions: healthy, inexpensive, filling

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I'm basically looking for food suggestions that are healthy and low-fat (particularly saturated), don't cost a lot, and taste good and filling. I've found some that work but could use some suggestions.

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What exactly are you looking for? Entrees, snacks?
Personally... I like Turkey. Very low fat! and low on calories.
Turkey salad, turkey sandwiches. also bananas, milk.
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we had very lil money growing up so we had very cheap meals. here are some of the main ones-(some of these may sound gross but there actually pretty good) (most of htese came from my mom when sh was a child. my grandmother was a single mother raising 6 kids, 4 of them boys. most of these have the word shit in them mainly bc my grandmother used watever she could, but i swear these are GOOD!) and im not sure how healthy they are, but there extremely cheap

shit on a snow bank-hotdogs or hamburger (turkey burger is cheaper and healthier) mixed with either bbq sauce or ketchup and brown beans.

shit on a shingle-tuna gravy (one can of tuna, mixed with flour and milk i believe, not 100% sure) over any kind of bread, or choice if u want it toasted

shit on a roof top-taco meat, lightly seasoned (again, turkey is healither and cheaper) over a fried up potato pancake

tuna noodle casserole-tuna, noodles, cream of mushroom, and peas. thats it

cheese and brocoli casserole-dont no the recipe but costs my sister $11 to feed her bf and 2 teenage boys with her pregnant self.

there are also alot of other things u can do that r cheaper and healthier. instead of buying potato chips, buy a bag of potatos and fry them up urself. peabutter butter cookies (family recipe but cheap) one jar of peanut butter (peter pan is the best) and one egg, mix it up really well, bake for 5 min. meatloaf (u can use turkey for it too), use one egg and use alot of breadcrumbs not just to soak up the grease but to make it stretch. tuna is cheap and healthy. grits are too, hopefully u no those are, but there cheap and extremely healthy (but u have to mix in cheese and sausage or bacon or something to make it taste good for me )

my sister has a hole box of cheap recipes. if you want more, just pm me and ill put them up. and she has some MUCH healthier!
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also i forgot to say that since i mentioned it alot but didnt really say this, ground turkey meat is alot cheaper and alot healthier then actual hamburger. and it tastes jsut like hamburger! im not kidding. my borther has no idea we use it! it does taste a lil differnet in meatloaf, but u just have to use a lil more seasoning ad ull be ok.

also, try making homemade chicken noodle soup. we make a huge pot of it every now and then and itll last about a week or so for lunch for us.
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What exactly are you looking for? Entrees, snacks?
Personally... I like Turkey. Very low fat! and low on calories.
Turkey salad, turkey sandwiches. also bananas, milk.
I guess either or but mostly meals, just trying to eat healthy and loose some weight. Just trying to think of what to get, next time I go to grocery store. If I don't usually think about it beforehand then I'm totally clueless when I'm there.
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then idk if my ideas will help, sry lol.
but heres a tip, (my sisters 10 yr old is obese and this is how hes losing wieght, and u dont have ot make anyone else suffer), try eating ur meals in portions. have some fruit first, then eat a side or some cucumber or celery or something, then eat ur dinner. that will make u want to eat less when ur actual meal gets there. and also, like i said, turkey meat and tuna are cheap and healthy. so are grits, oatmeal, and rice.
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most of these have the word shit in them mainly bc my grandmother used watever she could, but i swear these are GOOD!) and im not sure how healthy they are, but there extremely cheap

shit on a snow bank-hotdogs or hamburger (turkey burger is cheaper and healthier) mixed with either bbq sauce or ketchup and brown beans.
When you say shit though the shit is supposed to be good on a hotdog or hamburger or did your grandma just lay anything down?

I've also never had grits before, pretty much made oatmeal my breakfast everyday.
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Default Lentils!

Oh man, the Grail. ;) Your request tickles me, because healthy means something so different for me. In my example, healthy involves having fats and saturated fats from animal sources -- diets low on this (for weeks on end) causes crazy blood sugar problems for me. And then healthy for other folks means avoiding this.

But, here's one recipe that's tasty, cheap, and low on saturated fats. I eat it with bread, or have rice on the side for extra filling-ness if that's what you need. I last served this for a dinner party, it + a loaf of bread fed 5 hungry people. It totally fills me, and doesn't take that much attention of mine when it's cooking.

(Cheap tips, assuming you're in America:
  • Bulk lentils are often cheaper than packaged lentils, particularly in ethnic supermarkets.
  • Vegetables and fruits are often cheaper in ethnic supermarkets than "regular" ones. They tend to sold ripe, which means these markets get a better price from the wholesalers (which is passed on to you!). You just need to plan on using them when you get them.
  • Spices are often cheaper oh, anywhere BUT your local supermarket. I'm lucky, and have a spice shop that sells in bulk. But I've seen a lot of ethnic markets sells spices for cheaper than regular supermarket (various ethnicities, which is why I'm not naming any particular ones).
  • Also, remember that you can make stocks from leftovers. Be creative. It's just flavorful, nutrient-packed liquid. : i.e.: The Gateway Stock: What to Do With Leftover Roast Chicken )
Indian Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups red lentils
3 tbsp unsalted butter (or half butter, half oil) (NOTE: You can substitute margarine, olive oil, or anything you like that you can saute with. You can also lessen the amount you use here, since it's primary purpose is to help saute the onions. Just use enough so you don't turn the onions to carbon. ;) )
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
pinch of cayenne pepper
6 cups water, vegetable stock, or chicken stock (use the water, with 6
tsp better than bullion)
15 oz can peeled, seeded, diced tomatoes
2 tbsp lemon juice (THIS IS IMPORTANT. Any amount of lemon juice will do. Don't skip this one.)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint or cilantro (optional)

Pick over the red lentils and discard any misshapen lentils or stones.
Rinse the lentils and drain.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and
saute, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, 8-10 min.
Add the coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne and stir to
mix well. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, to
release the flavors of the spices, 2-3 minutes. Add the lentils and
then gradually add the water or stock, stirring constantly. Bring to
a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and
simmer until the lentils are very soft, 30-45 min.

Stir in the tomatoes and lemon juice and cook until heated through.
Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, sprinkle with mint or cilantro.
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yes, my grandmother would just put any down at the time. they lived in south carolina, and at that time there were alot of snow storms. they would get snowned it and the power would go out so they couldnt cook. they would grill there food in the middle of winter, or cook it over a fire on the snow bank. my grandmother would put anything in it, and the kids would eat it bc they were just so hungry. but now, my aunt, uncles, and mom have figured out how to make those recipes perfect.
and grits are really good. there good to eat when u have a cold bc u can mix in alot of pepper and it wont really bother u for some reason.
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Did I see someone write hotdogs?? Hotdogs are not healthy, I dont even think they are food. I like the Lentil soup idea. I used to cook in a Middle Eastern restaurant, and one thing I made a lot was Majedreh......which is just boiled rice, mixed with boiled lentils and topped with fried onions..... just use a little vegetable stock to flavour it. Also very good is hommous.....pureed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), mixed with tahini, lemon and garlic.... plus chili if you wish. Sometimes I cook up a pile of shredded cabbage, rice and hamburger meat with curry powder.... cheap and tasty, sometimes I use lentils instead of the meat. Oatmeal is cheap and filling. My breakfast this morning seems to gross people out but it is one of my favourites...... toast, topped with peanut butter and a fried egg. Happy cooking.
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