When the week is dragging and you’ve reached for the same tired standby chicken recipes, it’s easy to get stuck in a food rut. But rather than blowing your budget on pricey takeout to liven up your diet, have no fear — Budget Bites is here.
Thai food is known for its ability to make simple ingredients pop — and it’s perfect for spicing up any midweek meal. You don’t have to go broke to indulge on it either — read on to learn about some easy meals under $10 to try.
How to Make Thai Coconut and Lime Chicken Soup
Pinching pennies and filling bellies has never been easier than with this modern take on a traditional classic. First things first, find out what you’ll need to get started:
1-2 red peppers
2 cups of chicken broth
1 bag of frozen peas
1 can of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of red curry paste
1 pack of rice noodles
2-4 cubed chicken breasts
1. Dice your red peppers and chicken into bite-sized chunks
2. Combine the following in your crockpot: chicken, red peppers, coconut milk, red curry paste and chicken broth. Then, slice the limes in half and squeeze the juice into the mix.
3. Turn your crockpot on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours — which is perfect if you prep before you leave work.
4. During the last 30 minutes, add in the frozen peas and rice noodles.
Cost to Create:
For the total ingredient cost, this “souper” meal will run you a little over $20 — for 8 servings. That works out to a total of $2.60 per serving.
Make It Your Own:
If you’re looking to recreate this recipe with a vegetarian or vegan-friendly flair, substitute out the chicken-based products for vegetable broth and cubed tofu. Also, if you’re looking to up the spice ante, add some red pepper flakes and a splash of Tabasco to turn up the heat.