As the Chef and owner of The Federal Street Cafe here in Middleburg, I’m  often asked for recommendations of cheap and easy recipes that are also healthy.

Let’s face it, when you’re trying to manage work, the kids, the dog, and the horse your grocery budget can suffer.

It’s possible to reduce your fod bill, and make great meals for you family by selecting the right ingredients and truly getting back to basics.

Here are three recent “cheap and easy” recipes that I’ve provided to friends.

Asian inspired grilled salmon

3 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp canola oil

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 tsp soy sauce

1 1/2 – 2 lbs salmon fillets

1 tbsp canola oil

Whisk together the first six ingredients in a medium bowl.  Place the salmon in a glass or ceramic dish and pour the marinade over the salmon to coat evenly.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan over medium high heat. Place the salmon skin side down in the pan for 3-5 minutes per side.

Serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice

Drakes beef stew with veggie mash

2-3 lbs stew beef (chuck)

3 tbsp flour

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

4 carrots peeled and cut into 2” pieces

4 potatoes cut into cubes

12 oz dark beer (your choice)

1/2 tsp dried thyme

4 cups beef broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker, cover, and cook for 6-8 hours on low or until the beef is tender (3-4 hours on high)

Using a slotted spoon remove the vegetables from the pot, place them in a bowl, and mash with a potato masher.

Place equal amounts of the mashed vegetables in 4 bowls and ladle the stew over the top before serving.

Grilled pork chops with mango salsa

4 center cut pork chops 1/2” thick or more

1 ripe mango peeled, pitted, and diced

1 small red onion diced

1/4 cup of cilantro chopped

1 or more jalapeños diced (remove the seeds before chopping for mild sals)

The juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper before placing them on a medium high grill.

Allow the chops to cook undisturbed for 3-5 minutes before turning them to grill for another 3-5 minutes.

While the chops are grilling, combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.  Once the chops have finished cooking place them on plates and top with the salsa.

Serve with black beans and yellow rice

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