With the Covid pandemic and isolation rules currently wreaking havoc across supermarket supply chains, mums are finding it harder and harder to get hold of some grocery essentials in the supermarket.
But at The Healthy Mummy – we have your back!
Some mums have even found supermarket shelves virtually empty!
While the government is working on trying to overcome this current crisis, The Healthy Mummy is committed to helping and supporting mums through these difficult times.
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, we have come up with an AWESOME new meal plan, utilising Pantry Basics and staple ingredients!
Pantry Basics Meal Plan to Save you Time And Money
If you are on a tight budget or are struggling to get hold of certain foods, THIS is the Meal Plan for you!
Utilising key staple ingredients, like eggs, oats and rice, this meal plan showcases those ingredients in delicious and budget friendly recipes that will save you time AND money!
What’s more, these recipes are incredibly versatile.
Don’t be afraid to swap out some ingredients if you don’t have them or can’t get hold of them.
For example, if a recipe calls for Jasmine rice, use any rice you have on hand. If a recipe requires blueberries but you only have strawberries, go ahead and use those.
You are in charge with these recipes as they are simple and straight forward, but taste amazing.
Get a Sneak Peek Of 5 Pantry Basics Recipes from the New Plan
1. Easy Fried Rice
This has to be one of the most versatile recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and is super popular with mums.
Not only does this recipe just need pantry and fridge staples, that you’ve probably already got in the cupboard, it’s really budget friendly – just $0.89 per serve! It’s a great recipe for using up fresh veggies from the fridge, but frozen or tinned work just as well.
Just five simple ingredients are all you need to throw together this sweet snack (the kids will love this too!) Snack food can be expensive and more often than not they’re also full of preservatives and unknown ingredients. Instead of navigating price tabs and ingredient labels, you can make this yummy healthy slice for a fraction of the cost.
- 2 & 1/2 cups puffed rice (62.5 grams)
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced (80 grams)
- 1 cups white chocolate chips (120 grams)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (16 grams)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (5 mls)
- Line a baking dish with baking paper.
- Combine puffed rice and apricots in a bowl.
- In a saucepan melt the white chocolate chips with the peanut butter and coconut oil. Pour over the puffed rice and apricots and mix until combined and everything is coated well.
- Spread the mix into the prepared dish, and using wet hands, press down firmly. Set in the fridge for 2 hours then slice into 8 pieces.
- One piece is one serve. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 2 months.
Recipe serves 8, at 147 calories per serve.
3. Honey mustard drumsticks with Rice
This recipe only has a few key ingredients and is really budget friendly coming in at under $3 per serve! It’s versatile too, use any type of rice you have on hand or use thighs instead of drumsticks. This is sure to be a family favourite at your house.
4. Snickers Mousse
This recipe has just 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to whip up! Using fat reduced ricotta cheese, you can add any nut butter to this delicious recipe.
5. Refreshing Kiwi Salsa
This is a refreshing and tangy salsa recipe, perfect for a quick snack. It has just four ingredients, kiwi’s, cucumber, mint leaves and lime juice which are great for reducing bloating and detoxing. This recipe is also high in fibre and water which helps ensure a healthy digestive system.
Cassie Ralis has lost 30kg and kept it off for almost 2 years
Mum-of-two Cassie says when she first started following The Healthy Mummy plans she made slow changes.
“There were a lot of different ingredients involved in the recipes that I didn’t normally buy,” she says.
“To avoid blowing out our weekly shopping budget I looked for recipes on The Healthy Mummy app that used the same or very similar ingredients.
“Also, another money saver is to workout at home. The app workouts are amazing. You can use bottled water or cans of soup as weights or do lots of walking.”
Even three years later, Cassie still sticks to a budget.
“I will make two or three snacks for the week, and I make meals that use similar ingredients. My freezer has also become my best friend,” she says.
“I stock up on things like fruit and vegetables, meat and wraps when they are on special. I will also make double batches of pasta sauces and have them in the freezer ready to go.”
What’s more, she has also started growing things in her veggie garden, things that she uses a lot like onions, garlic, rocket, carrots and spinach.
“I will also adjust recipes some recipes to save money. If chicken thighs are cheaper then I will use them instead of breast,” she says.
“If you have time, shop around. It’s all about making it work for you and your family. I LOVE the Healthy Mummy and app – it has saved me money and helped me lose the weight!”
Cassie’s top tips
- Make The Healthy Mummy app meals with items you already have in your pantry
- Grow your own veggies
- Workout at home
- Double up on meals
- Invest in a large freezer
- Shop around for bargains
Ready to save TIME and MONEY the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge with more incredible recipes?
- Did you know the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is designed to help mums lose 4-5 kilograms a month WITHOUT avoiding whole food groups, going hungry and rigorous gym workouts?
- The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is home to 6,000 recipes, 4 weekly meal plans, 600 exercises, workout videos plus 24/7 support.
- The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is not only a sustainable way to lose weight but is family-friendly, breastfeeding-friendly and can be customised to suit all dietary requirements (for example, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian etc).
- What’s more every month on the Challenge is a NEW THEME – meaning 100 new recipes, exercises and meal plans