It’s no secret that one of my favorite things to do is cook. I love the smell of fresh crisp vegetables and herbs coming together, and I love the satisfaction after a fantastic meal both of us love. What I don’t love is trying to cook amazing, health conscious meals that also offer variety all on a modest budget. I live in downtown Toronto, and like any major metropolitan city I often find grocery products to have higher than average prices. I do what I can in terms of trying to locate some of the discount affiliates of the major chains, but the discounted options are not always convenient or accessible.
That’s why I’ve tried to (slowly but, surely) develop my own collection of recipes that include meals that I feel are pretty affordable, no matter where you shop.
Soup is always a big hit in our house, especially the wonderful Canadian winters :). Wonton and Hot&Sour soups are usually a big go-to for my boyfriend when he’s sick, so I figured it was about time I started making my own. I’m definitely glad I did! I have already repeated the meal with slightly different variations and have concluded it’s one of the those soups that acts like a chili. Meaning, you can essentially toss just about anything you have on hand into it (obviously provided the taste isn’t insanely overwhelming or something).
The customization options combined with the already low price, quickly got this random snowy evening meal on my list of affordable winter dishes to repeat.
Please enjoy and comment any suggestions or modifications below!
Wonton Soup a la Dee (or a la YOU!)
Servings 4 ⇒ Prep Time: 10 min ⇒ Cook Time: 20 min
1 pkg frozen wontons – I see a different brand at every grocer, typically veggie, pork, chicken, whatever you want! Usually from $2-$4
1.5 – 2.5 cups baby bok choy – I usually buy approx. 3-4 heads $1-$1.50
1/2 cup diced onion – use any type of onion! change it up 🙂
8 cups of broth – you choose the most affordable option for you! My absolute favorite is Aurora’s Fine Herbs Bouillon Mix (or their Garlic and Basil version). At $1.25/ box and using 4 cubes, it works out to about ¢.75 per pot of soup! You can check them out here , I swear this isn’t even a sponsored post I just freaking love their bouillon mixes LOL.
1/2 cup diced cilantro
1 tbsp sesame oil – great cooking oil in general if you’ve never used it! Even the priciest store near me had it for less than $3
1 tbsp hoisin sauce – not necessary, but I recommend using a substitute of some kind. Even if you a couple soy sauce packets left over from a past night of sushi takeout, toss that in. Typically I use a garlic hoisin sauce if available to me.
Optional Ingredients: chopped celery, chopped carrots, bean sprouts, just to name a few!
- Chop, dice, and set your veggies aside.
- Prepare your broth based on the packaging instructions.
- Once broth is simmering, add diced vegetables and simmer on low-medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.
- Toss in your wontons straight from frozen.
- Season with pepper and lime juice, and serve!