A Good Cheap Lunch

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When many of us think of chilli, we probably see a plate of chilli cheese fries, However, here we’re looking at turkey chilli. Ground turkey is usually cheaper, and is a lot leaner than ground beef.


  • 1 lb Ground turkey
  • 1 15oz Can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz Can black beans
  • 1 15oz Can red beans
  • 1`Green bell pepper
  • 2 cup Brown rice
  • 1 medium yellow Onion

This makes five servings, so you can freeze some for another day, if there is only you for lunch.

Total: $2.15/serving

In a large pot, sauté 1 yellow onion, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, and 1 bell pepper.
Once onions are soft, add 1lb of ground turkey and 1 teaspoon each of dried parsley, dried basil, and dried oregano.
After the turkey is browned, combine 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can black beans, and 1 can red beans with 2 tablespoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Simmer for 30 minutes to and hour.

Add brown rice.


Food Choices In A Recession

Organic food tends to be more expensive than non-organic. That’s a fact.

So, if you need to save money, should you quit eating organic produce?

Not if at all possible.

Unfortunately, the most highly processed food, is often the cheapest, and is also most often the least nutritious too. So, although, you might be shaving a few dollars from the grocery bill, if you’re feeding your family junk food, you’re not doing them any favors, and you’re really simply wasting your money.

Cut back a little on portion sizes. Most of us eat too much in any case.

If you really cannot get or afford organic produce then buy non organic local produce at least. The fresher the better. Explore road-side stalls, and farmers markets.

Remember too, that supporting local farms helps support your own local economy. Also learn what is in season, and try to buy produce that is in season at the time of purchase. It is often cheaper, and often tastes better, as it’s more likely to be naturally grown, and not forced in a hothouse.

Some examples os seasonal foods: June is the best time for onions; July thru October for tomatoes, and October for sweet potatoes.