Cheap healthy lunch ideas nz,The best in Auckland and New Zealand
It’s easy to eat one’s feelings when living in New Zealand. I tell myself everyday that I’m going to eat my feelings and get just as fat as he is, but you know what? That’s not happening because I actually have some self control.
This article comes with a serious drool alert. Read on if you want to know how to make cheap, healthy meals on a shoestring budget.
We’ll admit healthy eating on a shoestring budget might seem like a challenge at first, but it soon becomes second nature. But what if you’re cooking from scratch for perhaps the first time, and you’re on a seriously strict budget?
The first big tip you need is to buy whole ingredients instead of pre-packaged options. It actually works out cheaper, as the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) points out. For example, while raw chicken from the deli section or freezer section costs on average $0.40 per 100g, pre-made chicken kebabs are typically more like $1.40 per 100g.
Here are our top 10 cheapest healthy recipes for you to try out. We made sure to ask the team at lunch time, and their eager responses were flying at us from left right and centre!
All you need to make any of these delicious and nutritious meals is a single frypan/saucepan and a chopping board.
1. “The Flash” Stir-Fry:
Broccoli and steak stir-fry using 2 broccoli, 2 steaks cut into stir-fry size pieces, garlic, soy sauce, and salt/pepper to taste.
2. Salmon and Egg:
Canned salmon, diced boiled potato, diced boiled egg, steamed peas, all held together with mayonnaise.
Egg omelette wrapped over a mix of rice, vegetables, fried chicken and tomato sauce. You’ll think you’re in Tokyo. I make this with chorizo instead of chicken for extra bite and it is definitely drool-worthy.
4. Bacon and Avocado:
Fried garlic and bacon added to pasta with mashed avocado, salt/pepper to taste.
5. Lamb Cous Cous:
Cous cous (Ainsley Harriet style) with feta, cucumber and baby spinach mixed through, served with lamb chops.
6. Green Salmon:
Salmon with asparagus and broccoli. (Protein and green vegetable goodness.)
7. Homemade Pizza:
(Never give your few dollars to a pizza chain again!) Wraps or real pizza bases, sliced capsicum, olives, cheese or soy cheese, spinach leaves. Bakes in a normal oven on a normal baking tray – no need to fork out for a fancy pizza stone or pizza cutter.
8. Vegetarian’s Delight:
Rice, carrots, sunflower seeds, baked beans (optional), soy sauce.
9. Pumpkin Pasta:
Pumpkin, pinenuts, pesto, pasta.
10. Vege Frittata:
Eggs, spinach, zucchini, onion, cheese (optional), seasoning of your choice. Fry for a few minutes, add cheese, and grill for another few minutes. Our in-house MasterChef calls it, “Super easy, tasty, and healthy.”
Healthy lunch recipes
Healthy lunch tips
Brighten up your lunchbox with these bright, healthy lunches. These filling salads and wraps are sure to give you the energy you need to get through the afternoon.
The key to making healthy and nutritious lunch is balance. The following lunch recipes have been nutritionally checked to be classified as ‘healthy’, are made with fresh wholesome ingredients and contain serves of vegetables, wholegrains, starchy vegetables, legumes and protein ensuring your body gets the nutrients it needs to keep you full till dinner time.
Our recipe for roasted pumpkin, ricotta and spinach toastie transforms your average toastie with simple gourmet ingredients like roasted mashed pumpkin, capsicums and ricotta for a fast and tasty lunch!
Try our tomato, chicken and ricotta pasta salad is packed with fresh veggies and wholemeal pasta to help keep you full.