Do you want to eat healthy and save money? Try home-cooked food. There are some things you have to consider. Read this blog to step up your cooking game!
Cooking twice per week is not a big deal, don’t you think? In this blog I will to explain to you how it can be done with ease. Why should you do it? Because it is healthy and you control your expenses and your calories!!
On grocery day
The key is to be organized, my advice is preparing a calendar weekly with different yummy and healthy meals. Don’t be afraid of being creative (for example: you can prepare a veggie pasta meal for two days, an amazing risotto for a couple of days too and broccoli and some fish to keep you strong.) Try with different and healthy meals to avoid falling into a routine.
This is my master plan, I make a grocery list to match it, and everything I buy belongs to a recipe. Now, my typical Monday to Friday meal plan is made up of:
I plan meals like pasta, veggie burgers, rice and salads for supper. All the hard work is taken care of the whole week, I get to grab and go without busting the bank, my back, or my diet.
How much do I save by preparing my meals?
Shopping with a complete grocery list can help you to save between $5 and $150.
By cooking at home and cooking all my meals ahead of time:
– I save on approximately one pizza delivery ($15)
– One lunch date ($10),
– One drive through ($6),
– One or two snacks ($7.50)
Amount total saved: $103.50 per week. Over a year: $5,382.
Some tips to try:
- Be efficient. Use your time efficiently. Try to cook once or twice per week. Like this you can save your time.
- Plan for the space you have. If you have four stove top elements, one oven with two racks, and no microwave (like me) you’ll want to make sure that you plan meals that can be cooked with the kitchen you have. Plan some raw food, some baked, some stovetop.
- Use common ingredients. You’ll have less waste and get more meals for your budget. Use real food. Processed foods are typically more expensive, less nutritious and tougher to incorporate into multiple recipes than real food ingredients.
- Don’t splurge and save. If you want to splurge on fancy products… do not! Try buying generic brand canned goods. Meat typically costs more than other foods. Plan to spread it further by combining it with grated products, eggs, beans and grains.
- Make it fun. I cook with my music. Try to entertaining yourself and making it fun helps you invest the time without regret.