21 Sep Savvy mom’s budget friendly food tricks #recipes
More than ever, moms these days are looking for ways to save and make their dollar stretch. They’re sticking to or creating budgets for their family like never before. Nothing breeds thriftiness more than necessity; in fact, I think being thrifty these days is totally trendy; that’s a trend I don’t mind following at all. Apps like Pinterst make it super easy to D.I.Y.(Do it yourself) any project you have in mind. If you’ve got the patience for D.I.Y., you must try it; it will save you money and make you oh-so-proud of your latest creation. With school back in full effect, here are a few of my savvy budget friendly food tricks:
- Leave the plastic in the store. I must admit, the thoroughly-washed, ready-to-eat packaging calls my name too! It’s just so convenient, isn’t it? It’s not as friendly on your pocket though. Here’s how I make peace with not buying the plastic, bagged, ready-to-eat stuff; I wash ALL of my fruits and veggies and put them ready-to-eat in my fridge. It’s a pain sometimes, but so worth the extra time. And yes, once in a while I do grab a bag of pre-made stuff, just most of the time, I prefer not to. Most of the time, I’m happier knowing my manicure and pedicure piggy bank is stacking up.
- Beans and legumes are my wonder women food fixes. Packed with protein goodness, you can substitute them instead of rice and pasta; they make an awesome addition to hearty soups and are equally amazing with a fried egg on top! Unlike the previous tip, you have to buy these in the bag, NOT the can. If you compare what you get in a can, with what you get in the bag, you will be amazed at how much more you get in the bag for less in price; in addition to wanting to avoid can goods as much as possible. If you buy the bags, just soak the beans for a few hours or the night before cooking, it’s that simple. The awesome thing about beans and legumes, like lentils, are that you can fix them up with whatever other stuff you like, veggies or meat, just get creative with it and of course you can spice it up!
- It’s hot, but make soup! It really doesn’t matter the weather, I make soup year-round. Soup is one of those dishes that you can have breakfast (in some countries) lunch or dinner. One of my favorite soups is homemade fire-roasted tomato soup with a grilled-cheese sammie (like Chef Rachael Ray says it.) Soup is one of those foods that offer comfort in a good way as opposed to other, un-healthy comfort foods. The cost saving thing about soup is you can make the ingredients stretch to make a huge pot that will last for a couple meals. I like to get a few fresh veggies, like spinach and kale, zucchini, pumpkin, onion and garlic, then I add left-over shredded baked-chicken, some beans or lentils and done.
- If it’s on special, get it. Providing the expiration date hasn’t arrived, sometimes you can get more bang-for-your-buck by cooking it and then freezing it. Frozen veggies are also a good idea for so many reasons; you can put them in rice, pastas and soups. Stock up on them.
- Buy the right whole grains. Brown pasta, brown rice can be a bit more expensive but they are better for you and make you fuller, so you don’t need as much. Oatmeal is also a great, high-fiber grain that you can use with dried fruit, like raisins and cranberries for a sweet, healthy, kid-friendly snack. It’s so much cheaper to make your own granola. Get an air-tight container to fill it up and stack in your pantry for snacks or to put on-top of yogurt for breakfast.
Here are a couple of my favorite go-to recipes:
Super Simple Granola Recipe (you can add whatever you want to the granola. Try cranberries, pecans and coconut flakes…my fav!)
Love & Hugs,