Dinner on a Dime – and in Less Time!
Welcome back to our annual Budget Issue showcasing over 20 meals ringing in at $3 or less and full of kitchen shortcuts that are sure to change your cooking game forever.
In this edition, we’re bringing back some of your all-time favorites, like “Goodness to Go!” on page 38, a mainstay of the Budget Issue for four years running, featuring 10 make-and-take recipes from breakfasts and snacks to lunches and dinners that make eating clean on the move a cinch. Also back by popular demand is our batchcooking feature, “Get-Ahead Sundays” (page 76), where we show you how to make a week’s worth of meals in one day. In fact, this is such a favorite among readers that we’ve created a robust 7-week online cooking class, Batch Cooking 101: Cook Once & Eat Clean All Week (launching September 11), led by CE’s contributing culinary nutritionist turned Clean Eating Academy instructor Pamela Salzman. I’ve got to say, you might think some of this stuff would be old hat for those of us working in food publishing and food education who do this day in and day out, but when Executive Editor Andrea Gourgy and I were working on this course, we got really giddy over all the amazing stuff crammed into it. I’m talking surprising things even the staff wants to learn about – some amazing time-saving hacks plus countless creative recipes that can be transformed into many more. This told me that we have something truly special on our hands. Sign up to learn more about this revolutionary new course at cleaneating.com/batchcooking. Hurry, the course starts soon!
As for what’s new this year, we’re introducing our first ever 20-ingredient, week-long meal plan on page 84. This was no easy feat for developer Jesse Lane Lee, but she managed to create a 7-day eating plan of healthy and varied snacks and meals employing just 20 ingredients plus a few pantry staples. Talk about a light shop! We’re also unveiling “Double-Duty Dinners” on page 52, where we’ll show you how one meal can transform into an entirely different meal the following night, meaning you cook once but eat twice. And last but not least, the culinary world is in a frenzy over the latest time-saving appliance, the Instant Pot, a multi-cooker that allows you to steam, sauté, slow cook, pressure-cook, bake beans, make yogurt and cook rice all in one handy pot. In the nearly 10 years of printing Clean Eating, we’ve never once centered an entire recipe story around a single appliance, but the Instant Pot merits it and found a perfect home in our time- and money-saving issue. We hope you enjoy the ultra-creative dishes we developed using this innovative kitchen tool. Enjoy a thrifty, stress-free fall!