Finding Budget Dinner Recipes That Suit You

Finding good quality budget dinner recipes isn’t an easy task, however thankfully there are a number of avenues that you can pursue that will help you find just the right budget dinner recipes that will suit you and your family’s needs.

To start with, have you ever thought about trying one of those cheap dinner recipes that they have in the supermarkets? You can find them located on the shelves, usually in the fruit and vegetable section. These recipes often contain tasty, delicious meals, that should cost no more than a few dollars to prepare. If done correctly, you can reheat these meals and enjoy them again without having to worry about waste.

Another technique that you might consider is searching the internet for good quality recipes. There are often a number of sites that list some delicious budget dinner recipes that are simple and straightforward to prepare. These budget recipes are often of a high quality, and designed for all levels of frugal chefs, meaning that you shouldn’t have any troubles preparing a delicious and healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Some of the best budget dinner recipes are those passed down in old cookbooks. Sure there are a lot of new magazines and books out there that offer some decent dinner recipes, but you’d be quite surprised to find that a lot of traditional cookbooks have some great and ideal dinner recipes that shouldn’t cost too much. You can often reuse a lot of these meals for left overs, and eat them for breakfast, or freeze them.

Speaking of freezing, when you’re searching for budget dinner recipes, search for recipes that will allow you to freeze some food. It is often a good idea to cook a little excess just in case if hungry mouths want to eat a little more than normal, and if they don’t, rather than having to worry about throwing out the excess food, you can instead freeze it and eat it later.

Hopefully this article has given you some tips and ideas that you can use in preparing budget dinner recipes that are suitable for your budget. Finding the right meal that suits you can be difficult, but after experimenting with a few different dishes, you should eventually find a meal that is just right for you and your family.

Remember one thing, and that’s that saving can be as easy as you make it. Buy primarily dry foods, and only buy fresh produce when you know that you’ll be eating it quickly. This will help reduce waste and lower the costs of your meals.

An Easy Dinner Recipe – Broiled Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin with Broiled Vegetables

This easy dinner recipe is also an easy clean up. You need only a broiling pan and a cutting board to make the complete meal. The menu features broiled pork tenderloin and broiled vegetables. Add a nice slice of bread to round out the meal. The vegetables are broiled right alongside the meat for a quick, easy dinner recipe that is sure to please.

Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin Dinner

3/4 pound pork tenderloin

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced

seasoned salt

1 large onion, sliced thin

2 small yellow squash or zucchini squash

2 medium size tomatoes

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil

Few drops balsamic vinegar (optional)

kosher salt

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Combine the ginger and garlic. Pierce the tenderloin all over the surface forming little pockets. Rub the ginger and garlic mixture into these pockets. Season the outside well with seasoning salt.
  3. Place onto a broiler pan. Slice the onions, squash and tomatoes for broiling. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and the tomatoes crosswise. Slice the onion into slices and place on the broiler pan, cut side up, around the pork tenderloin.
  4. Brush the onions, squash and tomatoes with oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Optional: sprinkle the tomatoes with a little balsamic vinegar.
  5. Broil 4 – 6 inches from the heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Turn the pork tenderloin over. Broil for another 6 minutes.
  7. When the pork is done, transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut the pork into thin slices and arrange on dinner plates with the onion, squash and tomato. Enjoy!

You can roast any other vegetables you desire with this easy dinner recipe as well. Use sliced peppers, leftover boiled or baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

This easy dinner recipe for pork tenderloin prepared is very with garlic and ginger, but it is delicious! It is worth the effort to make the pockets for the ginger and garlic. The spiciness penetrates the meat. If you don’t want to be bothered making the pockets, then coat the meat with the spices on the outside. I prefer Lawry’s Seasoned Salt for coating the outside, give it a good sprinkle. The salty spiciness makes this dish.

You can prepare a pork loin this way as well, but it will need to cook much longer. Usually, when preparing a loin, I prepare it this way, then put it on the grill for about 30 – 45 minutes or until done.

I hope you enjoy this easy dinner recipe and that it will inspire you to try broiling other vegetables and meats for an easy and quick meal.

How To Find Healthy Dinner Recipes

When I’m looking for information about something I just type the word or phrase into Google and I can usually find what I’m looking for in the first couple of pages of results. When I typed in “Healthy Dinner Recipes” I was overwhelmed. There were lots of results of course, so I clicked on the first one and got a list of dishes:

Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast, Candies & Treats, EntrĂ©es, Healthy Cookies, Cakes & Bakes ….Wraps, Sandwiches & Burgers.

The word ‘dinner’ doesn’t even appear, and on checking out some of the meals, they didn’t even appear that healthy to me. The next site I tried was actually better, although I had to scan a lot of recipes to find something that appealed to me.

Criteria for a healthy recipe

If you’re like me, time is precious so I have to find what I need fairly quickly. Unfortunately when it comes to finding ideas for healthy dinner recipes you still have to do a lot of looking. I try to scan the recipe and screen out ones that don’t meet my basic criteria for a healthy dinner meal. Here are the things I look for when selecting a suitable dinner recipe:

– a generous portion of mixed vegetables

– a source of protein such as lean meat, fish or beans

– a source of carbohydrates like potatoes or brown rice.

Whole wheat bread, whole grain rice and whole-wheat pasta are healthier choices than the white varieties. A green salad always makes a healthy choice.

If you are a vegetarian it’s much easier to find a healthy recipe. The thing to look for though is an adequate source of protein. Soybeans are a good alternative to meat but should be consumed in moderation. The Harvard School of Public health has a good article on protein on their web page. (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/protein.html).

Other Sources

So, where else can you find healthy food recipes? Another good online source is Amazon.com. If you search on the keyword ‘healthy dinner recipes’ you will find a lot of books listed, (of course this isn’t going to help you get dinner ready this evening!). The only thing to be aware of is that a lot of these books are focused around weight loss diets, which are not necessarily good for you in the long run. Nevertheless Amazon is a good source of information.

If you have children it’s especially difficult to find recipes that are nutritious and appeal to them. This problem is worse if you are trying to change the eating habits of the family. The CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/nutrition_for_everyone/quick_tips/healthy_children.htm) has some good information about preparing healthy dinners for children.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there is a ton of information out there but trying to zero in on the best healthy dinner recipes for you and your family is going to take time. You also have to be prepared to make a lot of changes until you find something that works for everyone. I used to joke about our kids’ reaction to some of my dishes (Lima bean soup comes to mind) – if they don’t like it, it must be good for you!

Seriously though, there are lots of good healthy dinner recipes available that everyone will love. You just need to be able to spend the time to find them, and experiment a little in the kitchen.