Like most of you, I have a crazy schedule--one that doesn't always allow for long meal preparation. My intentions are always good, but sometimes my lack of time means an increased use of convenience foods. Luckily, there are now many healthier choices when it comes to pre-packaged meals, but what they have in health and convenience they lack in cost effectiveness.
We've got easy recipes that don't rely upon prepackaged foods!
Veggie burgers are a prime example of a go-to food for those days when I don't want to cook, but those pre-packaged patties aren't all that economical--four small patties for $5.00 or more does not a bargain make. This got me thinking I could make way more pattie-friendly foods much, much bigger and much cheaper. The key to this recipe is to freeze them. Fresh veggie burgers tend to be a mashy-mess, so once they're done, pop them in Ziploc bags, and when you're strapped for time, throw one into a hot pan without defrosting.
* 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed or 1 3/4 cups cooked black beans
* 1/4 cup salsa (drain excess moisture)
* 1/2 onion, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon hot sauce
* 1/2 cup dried oats
- In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork thoroughly (this can totally be considered arm conditioning).
- Mix salsa, onion, and garlic into beans
- In a bowl, stir together egg, cumin, and hot sauce.
- Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in oatmeal crumbs until the mixture holds together. Divide mixture into 4-6 patties.
If you've got ideas for healthy meals on a shoestring budget, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
Related: Sandwiches are America's most popular evening meal, market researchers report. So we asked top chefs to create filling low-calorie versions you can munch for under $5 a serving.
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