Ballin: To live the good life. (Used in a coherent, non-Ebonics sentence) "I'm still ballin!" To ball on a budget means to live the good life within my means...not tying to keep up with the Joneses or anyone else.
With my kids home for the summer, I find myself trying to prepare inexpensive meals that stretch. Even more of a challenge, creating inexpensive HEALTHY meals. We all know, healthy foods put a dent in the ole' pocketbook, so please share any money saving tips and dishes in your "meals on a dime" repertoire.
Displayed for your viewing pleasure, meals with components that stretch to create leftovers:
Grilled drumsticks go a long way, minus the skin of course: drumstick, 1/2 c brown rice with gravy, and 1/2 c frozen green peas.
Our friend the grilled drumstick making another appearance. Also pictured, homemade coleslaw that stretched for 2 days (coleslaw recipe: Eating for Life cookbook by Bill Phillips). Lunch: drumstick, 1/2 c coleslaw, and 3/4 c strawberries.
A bag of chicken breast produces a variety of meals. Take a look at my chicken quesadilla: 2 Mission Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas, 4 oz chicken breast, 28 oz Kraft 2% Mexican Cheese and of course pico from HEB.
A repeat performance by none other than: grilled chicken. I call this dish pictured below "Jambalaya."
- Boil brown rice in reduced sodium chicken broth.
- While cooking rice, saute shrimp in onions and olive oil.
- Add leftover chicken.
- Add a can of Rotel or spicy diced tomatoes to the shrimp and chicken mixture.
- After rice cooks, add to shrimp and chicken mixture.
- Mix. Voila, Jambalaya!
Using the last of the chicken breast, I concocted a salad. Of course I made my own dressing.
After peeling shrimp for Jambalaya, I bagged the remaining shrimp and cooked "Shrimp Scampi" the next day using the recipe from Bill Phillips' cookbook, Eating for Life.
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