Leanne Brown, the author of “Good and Cheap,” joins The Doctors to share some recipes from her new book. She’s here to prove you can eat well on a budget! Leanne shares that it is possible, you just need to be willing to get into the kitchen and cook.
To put her money (only $4 or less!) where her mouth is, she cooked up a full day’s worth of meals for The Doctors to test out. Each one is for the individual and it costs less than $4 per serving to make. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork points out that so many people spend more than that on just their morning coffee drink!
First is breakfast and Leanne has prepared her Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars. They are made from kitchen staples including oats, peanut butter and jelly. Dr. Travis praises oats for their natural fiber and ability to lower cholesterol. He says peanut butter is great because of its protein, healthy fat, and fiber content. Leanne says you can make this all at once and then have it for the rest of the week. She also says you can get creative and add to it things like leftover cereal, dried fruit… whatever you want.
Lunch is her Spicy Panzanella salad using day-old bread that you may have otherwise thrown out. This lousy bread gets too hard to even cut to use as toast, but when broken up into small pieces and thrown into this salad of chopped seasonal vegetables, it soaks up the flavor. Leanne typically makes a spicy dressing but says that is totally optional. With this dish as well you can throw in any additional fruits and vegetables of your choice.
The next dish is Leanne’s Peanut Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. She says it’s easy to make and the chicken and broccoli comes to life with the peanut sauce. The sauce is made using peanut butter, chili and soy and she says this can be made as a large batch and then used on all sorts of things! Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon notes this dish also has rice which is inexpensive but warns viewers to watch their portion size.
Dr. Travis questions the cost of the meat but Leanne says if you make large batches all at once, it will save on the cost. She says chicken is really quite reasonably priced when you are preparing it from scratch.
Leanne’s last dish is her Watermelon Smoothie which is simply frozen watermelon and a bit of vanilla. She adds this can be done with any melon. “This is phenomenal,” exclaims Dr. Travis! Leanne shares that cut-up watermelon is often expensive but if you buy the whole watermelon and then put half of it in the freezer, you can have it for a smoothie like this one.
Leanne’s book is full of these inexpensive recipes and on top of that, for every book purchased, she is also giving one away to someone in need! Get all of Leanne’s recipes seen on the show here!