30 minute meals have to be a life-saver on most days.
The key to budget meal planning is being prepared. I used to be hopelessly disorganized and constantly frustrated that I couldn't churn out healthy dinner recipes, because I didn't have the ingredients at hand. But, juggling a busy schedule and kids has meant that I have had to bring a modicum of order to the way I go about cooking nutritious meals - hence this budget meal planning scheme.
There is an array of healthy meals here: most are low fat low calorie recipes!
Whenever I cook one oven baked whole chicken, I never put just one chicken into the oven. I always add a second chicken. One lot of washing and electricity, but two or three meals for the same amount of effort. Meal planning is around being savvy with your time. Invariably, I think about what meals I can get out of the original meal...
Now, experiment with the following chicken leftover meals - who said that that quick easy meals had to be dull?
These easy stir fry recipes will help you out of a tight situation on many nights! They have the added advantage of being low fat low calorie recipes and ideal if you are following a clean eating diet: they are low in carbohydrates. In our family, leftovers from stir fries inevitably make their way into the next day's lunch boxes - delicious and nutritious.
Make use of your freezer to ensure more 30 minute meals: batch cook quantities of Tomato Sauce Recipe which can be added to Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe or Chickpea Curry Recipe. Freeze leftovers for later use: for example leftover topping from Baked Fish Recipe with Pecan, Coriander and Parmesan Crust can be frozen and used for Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe.