Are you trying to cook more at home, but finding that you miss some of your takeout favorites like Chinese? There are many ways to create these flavors at home while following the MyPlate guidelines and keeping it budget friendly. Traditional Chinese cooking looks a lot different from Chinese takeout. Continue reading
Finding a meal your family loves that stays within your budget and schedule can be hard. Making a stir fry meal is a quick and tasty way to stay within budget with foods your family enjoys. Stir frys are great for adding flavor and variety to your menu and can easily be modified to fit your family’s taste buds. Mix and match your favorite grains, proteins, veggies, and sauce for a healthy and budget friendly meal. Combine ingredients using these four simple steps to create a new family favorite!
- Cook one of your favorite proteins. Options include:
Keep costs down by picking budget friendly proteins like eggs and canned beans. Buying meat when it’s on sale and cutting into bite size portions before freezing can save both time and money. Using meat from another night’s dinner combined with beans is also a time and money saver.
- Chop three to four of your favorite veggies. Choices are endless! Options include:
- Snap Peas
- Baby Corn
- Bell Peppers
Include at least one green veggie in every stir fry to add variety, taste, and color to your dish. Meals that include more colors are more interesting to kids and have more nutrients too.
- Add one of your favorite grains. Options include:
- Brown Rice
Use whole grains like brown rice or whole-wheat noodles to increase the fiber in your diet and help keep you full for longer periods of time!
- Drizzle with one of your favorite sauces or create your own by mixing together:
- Soy Sauce
Use sauces that you already have in your pantry or create a new, unique favorite!
Use leftovers or ingredients you already have in your pantry or fridge to save time and reduce food waste. To keep the meal within your budget, buy ingredients that are on sale, canned, or frozen.
We choose to make our stir fry with brown rice, chicken, red bell pepper, baby corn, carrots, and broccoli but the combinations are endless! Experiment with different options to make your family’s favorite stir fry. Create a #BetterPantry today!