Now since it's summer it's a bit harder. But, in the fall and winter and even spring a little bit. I make soup. Split pea soup will last us 4 days easy. With homemade soups you can monitor how healthy it is and if you make too much, freeze some for later so you have a quick frozen dinner on hand that is healthy.
I make my own salad. Take the romaine lettuce and cut it up, then add dressing, croûtons, cheese, maybe some leftover chicken.
Make a menu of what you are cooking for dinner. That way, you shop for what you need and won't throw out as much food.
If you are making hamburgers and they seem a little plain, make it fancy by toasting your buns. Or you can go bunless and have your burger wrapped in lettuce.
Plant a garden and use your own home grown tomatoes and green beans or snack on fresh strawberries. A Blueberry tree would make some great desserts or smoothies for summer.
Stock up on staples when they are on sale. Cereal lasts a long time in the pantry and if you buy in a bag rather than a box you save some $$. Try adding fruit to your cereal to sweeten it up. I like bananas on my cheerios. My mom likes blueberries on hers.
Well, I hope these ideas have helped you out. Below is my split pea soup recipe that so far no one has not liked. Give it a try and look for some summer soups to make too. Head to the library and check out a cookbook or two. I've heard that Saving Dinner is good, but as I looked through it, there were a lot of fish dishes and we don't really eat fish. Although, as long as it's from the library, it doesn't hurt to check out and see if there are any recipes you'd like to try.
Before I forget. Checkout recipes.sparkpeople.com On there I have my recipe for "Steve's Italian Sausage Soup" that recipe is a bit longer so I won't copy it here. Check it out though. It's had 10 great reviews so far. Even in-law approved.
Have a great day!
My Split Pea Soup Recipe:
2 1/4 c dried green split peas (rinsed)
8 c water
1 tsp chicken bullion
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1 medium ham bone/ham hock (I just use regular boneless ham)
1 medium onion chopped
Boil, reduce heat & cover
Let simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally
Take out the bone, put meat back in (chopped up or shredded)
Stir in sliced carrots & celery
Cook 1/2 hour
Great served with saltine crackers.
Even better as leftovers!
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