Add a large fry and that’s another 500 calories and another 25 grams of fat…..convenience and low cost meals have a high price to pay for families on a budget.
My Vegan ‘Value Meal’ was ready in 15 minutes and came in at just under $4 in ingredients.
It’s spicy Chipotle and corn flavors make a burger better than any fast food I’ve tasted and provide great fiber and nutrients without a lot of clean up.
With just 3 grams of fat, no saturated, and 5 grams of fiber per burger, it’s a healthy alternative.
They taste just as luscious, messy and juicy as it’s fast food rivals. Fried up in the same pan that I did the potatoes in, it took just 5 minutes to cook through.
The 2 store-bought Black Bean Burgers came 4 to a pack for $2 and will keep in the freezer for months.
The fries came from a huge 5 lbs bag that I got from Sam’s Club for just $3.99. I used a little olive oil drizzled over the fries and sprinkled them with a
homemade onion pepper that really catapulted the flavor of boring old fries without adding fat. There are also plenty of black bean burger recipes that can be made up in advance and frozen into patties for a quick healthy meal. A few of my favorite recipes can be found at these links: http://www.veganmotherhubbard.com/2013/03/simple-black-bean-burgers.html http://www.veggiebelly.com/2010/08/southwestern-black-bean-brown-rice-veggie-vegan-burgers-roasted-poblano-sweet-corn-salsa.html http://vedgedout.com/2012/10/01/black-bean-veggie-burger-with-guac-on-a-pretzel-bun/
The quick healthy inexpensive options to fast food meals are endless once you start gathering the basic ingredients for your kitchen. You’ll adapt recipes to suit your own tastes, come up with even better options that suit your own budget and schedule. The only advantage the fast food restaurant has for anyone is speed. When you become familiar with healthier options and keep those ingredients handy and in bulk, you can eliminate the need to ‘have it their way’.
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