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Tips On How To Saving Money While Cooking

Preparing large portions of food to use over multiple meals saves time and energy. It’s also important to think about how to incorporate leftovers into new meals when cooking,. Of course, food presentation has a big effect on the appeal of a meal, so a little effort put in, makes a huge difference on it.

Bulk CookingSave money by cooking in bulk. It’s ideal to pick one or two days a week to cook something that can be used for multiple days and meals.

1. Cook once & eat multiple times. Cook a large meal at the beginning of the week. It is easy to double a recipe so that you have extra to use later in the week for quick lunches or dinners when you don’t feel like cooking. You can also freeze half for another day. Add a green salad or other side dish and you have a delicious easy meal.

2. One-pot dishes, such as soups, stews, or casseroles, are especially good because they generally save preparation time, money, and dishwashing. Plus they make great leftovers. You can even cook one pot of oatmeal and heat up a serving size each morning. Rolled or steel cut oats are nutritious, very inexpensive and you can add anything you like such as seasonal fresh fruit and nuts or seeds to create a wonderful breakfast. This is also much cheaper and more nutritious than dry cereal or the flavored packets of instant oatmeal, which are usually packed with sugar.

Making New Meal From Previous MealMake new meals from previous ones. Another key to saving money on food is to make sure you are not wasting anything. All leftovers can be used for another meal. Once you have a few easy recipes to use for leftovers, it becomes second nature to do.

1. Soups, stews or stir-fries – These meals are ideal for using leftovers. Create a base with broth or a sauce, and add any leftovers you have – whole grains, veggies and meat. A small amount of meat is perfect to add flavor and substance. Be sure to cut it into small pieces. You can be very creative with herbs and spices to create unique flavors that will please your palate. Another way to add a lot of flavor is to sauté an onion at the beginning. Be sure to allow the food to come to a boil or cook at a high heat. This way you will be sure that the leftovers are sterilized.

2. Everything burritos –  Most leftovers make very tasty burritos! Simply put everything into a tortilla shell (try to get whole grain!) with a little low-fat cheese and enjoy. Example: Cut up leftover meat into small pieces and add to a can of beans. Add any leftover grains and veggies.

3. Experiment with combinations –  Try something totally new! You may be surprised how many foods with different flavors go well together. For example, try making a large green salad and adding cooked whole grains and veggies on the top, as well as cut up pieces of any meat from another meal. Add your favorite healthy dressing and you have a wonderful new meal.

Good Food PresentationMake meals look festive and inviting. Food presentation makes a huge difference in the appeal of a meal. Eating on a budget can still be elegant, romantic, fun and of course, tasty.

Using small amounts of contrasting colors can pleases our eyes. Add some bright green herbs or some yellow frozen corn to the to a dish of black beans or lentils and save some to sprinkle on top for a garnish. Cut some orange carrots and red tomatoes or peppers on a dark green leafy salad.

Also, there are many creative ways to set your table so that it is inviting and beautiful. Have fun with it! Place a candle or some flowers you picked in the center of the table. Use a colorful tablecloth or place mats. Fold colorful napkins at each place setting. Finally, invite the kids to set the table. Let them decorate it in their own unique way.


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  1. I always have fun cooking. Much appreciation for this posting.

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