Eating Healthy On A Budget
Bean Stew with Swiss Chard
Above is the food I bought from Save-A-Lot except for the Swiss Chard, that came from my garden. I spent less than $10 on the following items. If you are looking to feed your family the healthy way and stick to a budget, nothing is more nutritious and economical than beans. I made a stew consisting of Navy, Lima and Great Northern beans, 2 large carrots, 1 can of diced tomatoes, and 4 Swiss Chard leaves.
Where's the meat? If you desire to have some meat, you can use turkey necks, turkey bacon or one small ham hock to add some flavor. One doesn't have to add meat because beans will provide the essential amino acids (protein) which one needs in his or her diet. Beans are also high in fiber, calcium, and iron.
The Frugal Exerciser bean stew was a hodge podge of ingredients I threw together. Here is what I put in my stew:
- 1/2 a cup of dried Lima beans-my favorite
- 1/2 a cup of dried Great Northern beans-my next favorite
- 1/2 a cup of dried Navy beans
- 1 large onion sliced
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 2 large carrots sliced
- 2 teaspoons of garlic
- 4 large leaves of Swiss Chard sliced
- 3 slices of cooked turkey bacon crumbled(optional)
This is the end result:
It tastes better than it looks. I have been eating it for lunch and it's so filling, I haven't had a desire to snack between lunch and dinner. Beans, I feel are a natural appetite suppressant.
If you don't like my recipe, here are three recipes you can try that has the combination of beans and Swiss Chard.
What are your favorite beans? Do you make beans stews for your family?