It's cold, dark, uninviting, and completely void of any leftover holiday sparkle- it's mid-January. And that can only mean one thing- New Year's Resolutions. Without a doubt, topping most lists this year is either "lose weight" or "save money." Often times, it can seem like these two particular resolutions are at odds with each other. Eating healthy requires fresh (and perishable) produce and pricey nuts and fish while saving money can often mean $1 menu items at the local drive thru. But with a little creativity, eating healthy doesn't have to break the bank, and saving money doesn't have to break the scale. Just take a look at the following recipe:
4 oz of THIN whole wheat spaghetti
2 tbsp of creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1 cup of broccoli
In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add pasta. Approximately one minute before pasta is done cooking, add broccoli to boiling water to blanch. Drain pasta and broccoli.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter in two 30 second intervals, stirring between the intervals. Once peanut butter is melted, whisk in soy sauce until blended and pour over pasta. Mix well and serve.
This recipe is CHEAP in that the pasta, peanut butter and soy sauce won't need to be replenished each time you make the recipe. And the Thai theme certainly leaves room for interpretation. No broccoli? Add some sugar snap peas or green onions instead. Leftover chicken? Toss that in too.
In addition, this pasta is packed with protein and healthy carbs as well as any vegetables you decide to add- not to mention that a little goes a long way. A serving will certainly fill you up and leftovers stand up great the next day. Sometimes, eating healthy (and cheap!) just requires a little creativity.