Organic Dinner Recipes on a Budget
**Whole Grain Tabbouleh Salad**
Whole grains are often overlooked as a source of protein, but they can provide a substantial amount of this essential nutrient. By using organic grains, you can enjoy a nutritious meal without breaking the bank. Organic quinoa, Let’s suppose, costs around 1$ dollar for a 1/4 cup serving.
Here is Detail about recipe to get you started:
– 1 cup cooked quinoa, millet, or barley
– 1¾ cup vegetable broth
– 1 large tomato, diced
– ½ cup finely-cut cucumber
– ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley and tender stems
– ⅓ cup chopped scallions
– ⅓ cup chopped fresh mint
– 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1. Rinse the quinoa and drain it in a metal strainer. Transfer it to a saucepan and add vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil.
2. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for half an hour. Allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
3. Spread the cooked quinoa on a sheet pan to cool. Transfer it to a mixing bowl.
4. Add the diced tomato, cucumber, parsley, scallions, mint, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Stir well.
5. Cover the bowl and chill the salad in the refrigerator before serving.
**Green Lentil Soup**
Lentils are a fantastic option for an organic dinner recipe that is both budget-friendly and rich in plant-based protein. Organic green lentils can be purchased for less than $3 per pound. This quick and easy recipe will satisfy your hunger without straining your wallet:
– 1 cup green lentils
– 3 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 2 medium-large carrots, peeled and diced
– 2 large stalks celery, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 bay leaf
– 2 tsp. salt
– ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
– 1 quart vegetable or chicken broth
– Pinch of red pepper flakes
1. Soak the lentils in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain them and set aside.
2. In a large pan, heat olive oil and sauté the chopped onions, carrots, and celery over medium heat until tender.
3. Add the minced garlic, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to the pan. Cook for only one minute, shrink continuously.
4. Stir in the lentils and vegetable broth. Cover the pan and let it simmer over low heat for one hour. Ensure the lentils are fully submerged in the broth.
5. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
6. For added flavor, top the soup with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a dollop of sour cream.
**Avocado, Mango and Black Bean Salad with Lime Dressing**
When it comes to organic meat, the price can be quite steep. However, you can still enjoy a delicious and affordable meal with organic black beans. Canned or dried, these beans are a cost-effective alternative. Here’s a refreshing salad recipe that won’t strain your budget:
– 2 ripe avocados, diced
– 2 ripe mangoes, cubed
– 3 tbsp. lime juice
– 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
– 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro (plus extra for garnish)
– 1 tsp. freshly grated lime zest
– ¼ tsp.
– ½ tsp. sea salt
– ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
– 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
– 1 can (15 oz) rinsed and drained, no-salt-added black beans
1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced avocados and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Add the cubed mangoes and finely chopped jalapeno. Gently mix everything together and set it aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining lime juice, chopped cilantro, lime zest, sugar, salt, pepper, and olive oil until a thick dressing forms.
3. Add the black beans and the avocado-mango mixture to the dressing. Carefully mix the ingredients, making sure they are coated evenly.
4. Serve the salad on plates and garnish with extra cilantro.
**Organic Vegetable Lasagna**
Preparing a healthy dinner every night can be challenging for many of us. Luckily, supermarkets like Whole Foods offer pre-made organic dinners that can be a convenient and affordable option. Take, for instance, their wholesome organic vegetable lasagna, crafted entirely from 100% organic ingredients, and priced at less than $5 per serving. All you need to do is heat it and enjoy!
By exploring these organic dinner recipes, you can prioritize your health while keeping your budget intact. Enjoy the benefits of organic ingredients without the financial strain.