$10 Meals: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
I am always on the hunt for something to eat that fits certain rules. It needs to be light and healthy but filling, it can't compromise my low carb restriction, I want to be able to double it up for dinner and and have enough for lunch the next day... oh and also something that won't cost us an arm and a leg! It sounds really hard, so how do we do it?!
People often ask me to teach them how to eat healthier and how to do it on a budget because of the misnomer that it is expensive to live a healthy life. That is so far from the truth! When I go to the grocery store, I take my time comparing prices and purchase what's seasonal and on sale.
For the same price of a large bag of chips, I can get 4 apples, 2 oranges + a head of lettuce.
Remember, most of the time, the healthiest things for us are on the outskirts of the store. The aisles are packed full of canned, premade and processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and overall less healthy for us. It's important to me to show everyone that healthy eating is accessible if you WANT it to be. With $10 meals, I'll be showing you a comparison between two drastically different items that you could purchase for the same price... one a bit more convenient, yes, but SUPER unhealthy and the other, something that not only tastes good and is homemade but also fits within those "rules" above :)
Popeyes 4 Piece Chicken Dinner - $9.19
Homemade Chicken Lettuce Wraps - $9.76
I know, I know. FRIED CHICKEN!!! It's so good and easy to pick up on your way home. But look, it's terrible for you! Just 2 pieces alone has 600 calories and 1790 grams of sodium and that's NOT counting the side item, biscuit or drink. I whipped these fun chicken lettuce wraps up in less than 30 minutes and stuffed my face with them without feeling guilty or gross afterwards! They're low in fat and high in protein. They remind me of the kind you can get from PF Chang's... and I had leftovers!! :)
I pulled the recipe from here and just changed it up a bit by leaving out some of the extra sauce that I didn't want to buy. Soy and vinegar is all you need! Vegetarians or vegans sub the chicken for tofu or beans! Let's try to incorporate some yummy and healthy recipes into our diets to sub the convenient things that are awful for us!
Stay tuned for so many more $10 meal options that I'll be creating and sharing soon.