Cook More, Save More with Whole Foods.
Sounds good to me.
Well, I love eating wholesome meals and fueling my two girls’ little bodies. But, I also love a bargain. We do most of our shopping at Whole Foods Market, they always have weekly coupons to save money while eating whole foods.
With the busy bustle of everyday life cooking at home can be stressful and budgets are definitely stretched, especially with the holiday season in full force.
Whole Foods Market is committed to providing an affordable mix of products and ingredients, along with helpful tools and in-store service to make grocery shopping and cooking more enjoyable.
I decided to take the challenge to make a Healthy Value Meal that was wholesome, packed with nutrition and affordable. I set off to Whole Foods to find a meal that would be about $4.00 a portion.
Downright Warm and Wholesome.
I decided to eat a meal that we grew up on, one that to this day fills me with warm nostalgia. It is a filling meal that my mom used to make for us. One that she adapted from when she used to be a cook at a small Chatham restaurant, Natural Food Emporium and a recipe I then adapted from her.
We called it Mama Milagro’s Chunky Cream of Potato Soup with Chicken Salad pitas. It’s THE perfect meal. Well, I set off and bought 365 organic sour cream, Whole Foods Whole Wheat Pitas, a bag of organic potatoes, spinach and cheese. I already had a few items for this recipe in my pantry and you probably do too!
You Will Need:
- 365 sour cream or your favorite kind
- 1 cup of milk (I used 1%)
- 6 large potatoes
- 2 tbsp. of butter or margarine
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. of chicken bouillon
- 1 tbsp. of light olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- bacon (optional)
- 4 seasoned baked chicken breasts
- 1 bag of Whole Foods whole wheat pitas
- 1/2 bag of organic spinach
- 4 tbsp. of light mayo
- 1 tsp. of parsley
- Spike seasoning (optional)
- large pot
- stirring spoon
- Look above.
- Wash and peel all of your potatoes and dice them into medium-sized cubes.
- Finely chop 1 onion, use ½ for your soup and the other half for your chicken salad.
- Take 2 tbsp. of butter and begin melting it in pot on low heat, add 1 tsp. of parsley, ½ chopped onion, ½ tsp of garlic powder and 1 tbsp. of light olive oil. Sautee the onions until almost transparent.
- Switch to medium heat. Add chopped potatoes into mixture and stir until fully covered. Add water until potatoes are covered and let it come to a rolling boil. Add 2 tbsp. of bouillon and stir until dissolved.
- Once it has boiled, add ½ of the sour cream container. Stir well until dissolved. Let it come to a complete boil, making sure you stir often.
- Add 1 cup of milk, stir and bring to simmer on low heat. Once the soup has thickened, it's ready!
- Top with Spike seasoning and cheese. (optional)
- For pitas, season 4 chicken breasts to taste, bake and chop into cubes.
- Add 4 tbsp. of mayo into cubed chicken breast, add Spike, salt and pepper, ½ onion and mix until chicken is fully covered.
- Cut pitas in half, fill with chicken salad, spinach and cheese.
- TIP: When you reheat, add more sour cream and then more milk to make it to the consistency you want as it will thicken if it sits overnight.
This soup is a huge hit in our home, while the soup is meant to last for two meals a person, it doesn’t last one day in our house. The girls gobble it up. This reminds me of our childhood growing up and coming home to my Mom’s delicious Cream of Potato soup. It warms my tummy and my heart every time we sit around the table and enjoy it.
It also reminds me so much of my Mom and how much she’s helped me grow as a cook. We also made off like bandits and each portion is about $4.91, with a bonus FREE second helping! Mind you, I did have the seasonings and basic things like milk and margarine in my home already.
Making healthy and easy value meals doesn’t have to be hard, it’s actually quite simple. You can take the challenge and make this meal or other value meals for your family.
If you need extra help, you can go to Whole Foods Market. They have a ton of in-store resources to help you through this challenge, from value experts to online value guides to assist in menu planning.
What is your favorite meal to feed your family on a budget?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!