Preparing your own meals can be a bit time consuming but there are big benefits that you should consider. When you prepare your own meals, you have better control of the ingredients. You can avoid preservatives, chemicals, and dyes. You are better equipped to adjust seasonings for you and your family’s tastes.
You can choose fresh ingredients and even ones that are organic. You can also use less salts and sugars. The biggest benefit to making your own meals is they can be healthier, cost less than eating out, and can actually help you lose weight.
It’s time to put the take-out on hold. It’s time to lessen your reliance on frozen and pre-packaged foods. It’s time to start shopping for fresher, better foods that can still deliver great taste. Here is our list of 14 Amazing Low Cost and Great Tasting Meals to Help LOSE Weight!
14. Black Bean Steak Burgers with Oven Fries
Do you like the taste of burgers but want to lower your grocery bill while eating healthier? This is a recipe that will give you steak burger texture and flavor and is easy to make. The key ingredient is black beans.
According to WebMD, black beans are rich in protein and fiber, and they can help you feel full longer. Beans have no saturated fat either. The ingredients for the black bean burgers are: 1 15 oz. can of black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 small onion and 3 fresh mushrooms finely chopped, one egg (beaten), ½ cup of quick cooking oats, and 1 Tablespoon of steak sauce. Mash the beans in a bowl but leave a lightly chunky texture.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and thoroughly mix. Shape into 4 patties and fry in 1 tablespoon of olive oil or grill on foil until toasted on each side and warm throughout. Serve on a large lettuce leaf or a bed of fresh spinach and garnish with tomatoes. These black bean burgers taste terrific with salsa, America’s best-selling condiment according tothe New York Daily News.
White potatoes are an inexpensive side for this meal, and baking them cuts down on fats used in traditional frying. Wash two large potatoes and leave the skin on, cut into French fry shapes, ¼ to ½ inches wide. The Eat Right website suggests leaving the skins on, stating the skins have more nutrients than the potatoes themselves!
Potato skins contain vitamin B and C, potassium, calcium, iron and more. Place the cut potatoes into ice cold water for 30 minutes then drain and pat dry. Immediately place the fries on a cookie sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and then mix to evenly coat.
Place in an oven preheated to 425 degrees and bake until brown and done which will take about 35 minutes.