• Meat and fish. Try the newer tuna and salmon pouches, and shop for inexpensive cuts of meat that work well in stews and casseroles.
• Condiments. These add flavor and interest to your dishes. Keep a selection of dried herbs, spices, curry powder, marinades, vinegars, tomato and soy sauces, along with stock cubes, in your cupboard. Try experimenting with the new flavors as well.
Money-Saving Cooking Tips
• When cooking, make extra portions. Then, either freeze them, or use them later in the week for lunches or quick suppers.
• Save your vegetable trimmings to make your own vegetable stock. Not only do you save money, but vegetable stock also makes a nutritious base for casseroles, soups, and Crockpot cooking.
• Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper; you can freeze perishable items (such as meat, milk, and even bread) in smaller portions to use as needed. It’s always a good idea to buy non-perishable items in bulk (canned foods, dried beans and grains, etc.).
• Use less expensive cuts of meat for casseroles that you slow cook; add extra vegetables and beans to make the meal go further.
• Capitalize on one-pot dishes, which generally save prep time, money, and dishwashing, and often make great leftovers.
• Limit your dining out, especially when it comes to fast food, since you’ll find yourself spending unnecessarily on items that are high in fat, salt, and calories, which short-change you in the nutrition department.
Don’t Forget Your Daily Healthy Eating Goals:
• Limit your intake of junk food
• Drink lots of water (at least 8 cups a day)
• Limit salty and sugary foods
• Avoid eating foods high in saturated fats
Though it takes a little planning, creativity, and work, the rewards of healthy, smart shopping can be a happier body…and wallet.