Did you know that not only can you save money by cooking at home but it doesn’t have to be complicated?
If you think you don’t have time to add another thing to your to-do list, with a little planning you can not only save money, but feed your family great tasting nutritious food and not spend lots of time in the kitchen.
1. Use whole foods. Buy whole foods, the ones you find around the outer edge of the grocery store. That’s where you’ll find the fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and dairy. Add some things from the bulk bins like grains, beans and nuts (a huge money saver) and don’t forget to get some canned beans and frozen vegetables that are real time savers.
2. Prepare them simply. You don’t need lots of recipes with long lists of ingredients. Save the complex, full of ingredient recipes for when you have the time to enjoy the whole cooking experience.
3. Make large batches ahead of time of the things that take a while to cook like beans and grains. Yes they do take time, but it’s on the stove time, not you actively being involved time. They’ll be ready when you get home so you can quickly put all the pieces together. Use a quick cook method for the other ingredients and make extra to have leftovers for lunch/dinner the next day or later in the week.
4. Add flavor. How about letting everyone season their own meal? Prepare the food simply and have favorite condiments, spices and dressings on the table. Everybody gets to decide how much and what flavors they want to add. This make it easier on you and keeps everybody happy!
Take a little time to plan ahead to save yourself time and money starting this week!
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