Affordable & Healthy Dinners for Four Under $5

FAST – FRESH – DELICIOUS – HEALTHY & AFFORDABLE

If you are looking to make a delicious dinner under five dollars you can make these amazing chicken, avocado burritos with black beans and rice.  They are quick, healthy and easy on your wallet.  They can be made with or without chicken.  Making them vegetarian just cuts the cost even further.  We also enjoy these with or without tofu.

What You Need:

Bag of Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas
1 Can Organic Black Beans – vegetarian – you don’t want or need the lard non vegetarian beans have
2 Cups Organic Brown Rice (we make this ahead of time for the week to speed or meal time)
1/4 Cup Organic chopped yellow onion (optional)
1 Organic Breast of Chicken or 4 organic chicken tenderloins (We get 3lbs/24 at Trader Joes for $6)
Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
Organic Cayenne (optional)

Directions:

Cook up your brown rice.  We like to do this in advance to make burrito making fast.  You can cook it fresh or ahead of time.  We use a rice cooker but it can also be prepared on the stove.  We get a large bag for $1 and you are using about .25 cents worth for the meal for four.  The black beans we picked up a Trader Joe’s and they were under $1, we also get the Whole Foods branded ones for a few cents over $1. The tortillas we pick up were the Trader Joe’s brand.  We also get the Whole Foods Branded for under $1.50 for a bag of 8 -12 large.  We use 4 tenderloin breasts and chop them up which run .25 per tenderloin.  We use (4) at .25 cents each equaling $1 in chicken, and the rest of the budge is in the sea salt and pepper and onion.  If you don’t have the tenderloins you only need 1 breast which you can find for under $2.  You can also opt for tofu which runs $1 for a container of organic firm.  If you omit the chicken or tofu you can get your burrito cost down to $4 for four.  That gives you 8 large burritos and we usually have extra to make leftovers. Its a wonderfully affordable meal that the whole family can enjoy.  The kids really love making these and getting involved with their food.  This recipe keeps dinner simple and healthy.

What to Do:

Once your rice is done cooking or is pulled out you want to open your beans and heat them in a pot.  We like to warm the tortilla in a pan but it is optional.  Take a tortilla fill with beans and rice.  Then top with chicken, pureed or mashed avocado and onion. We like our burrito a little spicy so we add some cayenne pepper to the rice as it cooks which is optional depending on if you like it spicy or not.  This is so quick and easy and always a delicious and nutritious meal.

 

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