How to Make a (Healthy!) Meal for $3 a Person

I am all about trying to stretch a buck. I plan our meals each week and shop only for what I need; I plan around what’s on sale at the grocery store; and I try to get more than one meal out of ingredients when possible (like using roasted veggies for pizza one night and paninis the next).

So when I realized I put together this yummy (and healthy) meal for around $3 a person without even trying, I had to give myself a pat on the back! We can’t all eat at McDonald’s for $3 a person—and this meal is way healthier.

I kept the ingredient list short by keeping the cooking simple. I roasted a pound of brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper at 400° for about 35-40 minutes. After cutting up three large baking potatoes, I tossed them in olive oil and Herbes de Provence, covered them in foil, and baked for 20 minutes. I then removed the foil and continued baking for another 15 minutes.

The real money saver here was the boneless pork chops, which I sprinkled with an herb blend and pan grilled. Pork is a great low-cost alternative to chicken or beef. My grocery store usually has pork chops on sale for around $3 a pound, and you can generally get four pork chops for under two pounds.

Not bad for three bucks, right? That’s less than a Big Mac … and probably less calories!

About mommachine

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. And trying to balance all of those roles at once can be utterly exhausting. Being the Type A control freak that I am, I try to run my life like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes the wheels get a bit squeaky (or just fly off completely, let's be honest). I have to slow down (yeah right, I know), give the different parts of my life a little tune-up and get back on the road.

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