Save Money While Eating Heathy
I used to think that if you wanted to eat healthily you had to spend a lot of money. I discovered that is not true as long as I plan ahead. I plan my meals and stock my refrigerator and food pantry with items that are fairly quick and easy to prepare. Another way I plan ahead is to cook a big meal on Sundays and make extra for my family's lunches and a quick dinner.
I find it so easy to prepare legumes, whether canned or dry. They a make nutritious, hearty soups, dips, and burritos that my family loves to eat. Should they be soaked overnight first? That is a debate, and I don't bother after researching it. I use my crock pot to prepare chili, soups, and stews. It is so easy because I simply add fresh vegetables, spices or herbs, vegetable broth, and cooked brown rice. My family eats them up, and I pretty proud of myself because they taste delicious. Crock pot meals are so simple because eight hours later my family has a main course with a fresh salad and garlic bread.
I never go wrong preparing my brown rice because I use a rice cooker. I use one that has a stainless still pot. I stay away from aluminum as much as I can when I cook. Organic brown rice is not costly and a great addition to grilled tofu and steamed vegetables. Sure, Brown rice costs more than white rice, but the nutritional value far exceeds the extra nickel or dime I pay per pound. Plus, it is more filling and tastier. To cook rice in a rice cooker is simple. Just one cup of rice to two cups of water is all it takes.
Another inexpensive grain that I prepare and is easy to fix is millet. I cook it like rice or toast it in the oven. By toasting millet, I make a tasty addition to my family's meals. All I do is sprinkle it on other dishes - adding more nutritional value.
I toast millet in a large, dry skillet. I take raw millet and toast it over medium heat for about five minutes. When grain turns into a buttery golden brown with a yummy fragrant, I know my millet is done. I have to be careful not to let the grains burn.
I never discount oats because my kids love oatmeal. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast and my kids add butter, maple syrup, and almond milk. I like the fact that it is quick to prepare, which if perfect for our busy mornings off to school. Oatmeal stays with my kids all morning long. They have told me several times the dish is very filling.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Pasta is fairly inexpensive, and I find it easy to prepare. I just boil the water and add the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, I chop up veggies and tofu. I steam or stir fry them with an inexpensive red sauce or olive oil. Then, I simply chop up a fresh salad -- a complete meal.
I always keep fresh fruits and vegetables in the house for everyone to snack on between meals. I have learned from experience that I save by purchasing enough fruits and vegetables to last five to seven days in the refrigerator. Some fruits like berries last three to four days. Having my family eat fruit and vegetables is by far less expensive than munching on packaged food like chips or cookies. Not to mention, it is healthier.
I hope my ideas have been helpful. I hope you try these different ideas because they might help you formulate your own healthy meal that is not too expensive. If so, you are more than welcome to share it with the readers.