What’s for Lunch from The Healthy Budgetnista? Less than $5.00 per serving.
California Garlic Steamed Salmon with lemon and thyme, Stir fry veggies of broccoli, bok choy, snap peas, kale, mushrooms, and cabbage, with oven roasted Mexican street corn on the cob.
As a food blogger and social media influencer, I was asked to try Kroger’s Easy For You Oven Ready Seafood where you can choose your seafood, seasoning blend, any citrus, butter, or fresh herb to your liking and they will prep it for you for free.
The butcher will place it in a convection type bag where all you will have to do is place it in the oven and bake it according to the directions on the back of the bag. It steams your seafood in a matter of minutes.
Whenever I cook, I usually will make my own seasoning blend, but for working people on the go whom are pressed for time, people whom say their seafood always comes out over or undercooked, or claim to be creatively challenged in the kitchen, this free service offered by Kroger is the way to go.
I decided to try the California Garlic seasoning blend with a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme to go with 6oz of salmon. They have a variety of seasoning blends to choose from so you will never grow bored eating the same thing. I told the butcher to go light on the blend since it was my first time trying it.
The instructions on the bag was simple enough to follow. All I had to do was poke two holes in the clear window to allow the fish to steam, set the temperature according to the type of oven I was using and a cooking time depending on how many ounces of seafood I was preparing.
According to the directions, I should cook the salmon 12-18 mins depending upon the thickness of my fish. I cooked the salmon for about 15 mins (the clear window on the bag helps you to view the cooking process), opened the bag, and it came out fresh, flavorful and moist where the lemon as well as the bag allowed the fish to steam in it’s own juices.
It was the perfect protein to pair along with my stir fry veggies that I got for a reduced price of $1.49 a bag and an ear of sweet corn for $0.33 per ear.
I sauteed and seasoned the veggies, but didn’t use the premade sauce (too much sugar and sodium) and decided to spruce up my plain ear of corn by turning it up Mexican style. I placed the corn in the oven at the same time I was cooking my salmon rotating it occasionally. This entire meal took me less than 30 minutes to make from beginning to end.
Total cost of this healthy meal ended up being less than $5.00 per serving. Take it from The Healthy Budgetnista, shopping and eating healthy doesn’t mean bland, boring or a budget buster. You can cook healthy and flavorful meals while on the go and on a budget.
Continue to follow my blog and healthy recipes where I can show you how or you can purchase my ebook “How to Shop and Eat Healthy on a Budget” also found on this website.
Starting next week, I will be doing a 12 week series called, “The Summer of Salads.” I’m introducing a new salad each week that can be eaten as a main dish or a side dish to a light entree. I hope you will join me this Summer.
This post was sponsored by Kroger, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Live and Be Well,