Hi all, if anyone lives close to a Safeway - they have a deal going this week that is buy one get one free on Eating Right chicken breasts and on value packs of London Broil! Also, the Foster Farms ground turkey was marked down... thought I would pass that on.
I guess that I better make a plan! I am thinking of making a list of healthy appetizers to make and keep in the freezer. Also, healthier versions of treats. Perhaps buying bulk, with another person, either making things together, or each our own and share! Perhaps a fancier soup to pull out for a special treat. Lots of veggies, of course. Stuffed mushrooms come to mind. Look for sales on seafood! I do have a nice fish bisque that would work. Love making a vegetable wreath with a healthy dip, in the middle. Angel food cake with fruit, is fast, lovely and not too bad. Turkeys are still so inexpensive...37 cents a pound, around here, that I could roast one, cut it up and freeze for several meals. I love pumpkin and can't wait to hear what you end up doing with yours!
I used to have a cookbook called Once a Month Cooking. The premise was doing your major shopping and cooking once a month and then only buying milk and other perishables throughout the month. I kind of adapted it to my likes and my family needs. But, you can come up with foods that you eat and then do all the work to either cook it and freeze or divide up into portions to store for future meals. Cindi
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My daughter and I find a weeks worth of healthy recipes...we like South Beach... that involve sale items at the store. We then have a day where we make as much of the food that we can, for the week. We roast a bunch of vegetables, then bag up for different meals. Good in egg dishes, over rice or pasta, pureed for a wonderful soup, added to other things. We also grill up a bunch of chicken, beef, etc. We usually use the George Foreman Grill, but sometimes, outside. Bag for individual meals, freeze some, slice and use for salads, etc. We cut up fresh veggies for salads or snacking. Have a bowl of fruit sitting out, for healthy snacks. We make two or three big pots of soup and freeze. The more healthy meals in your freezer, the more likely you will eat well! Also, a great time saver! Hope this helps!
I know that there are some people who buy their groceries once a month, but to me it seems that you have to put at least some money to buy fresh food - milk, for sure, and maybe some fresh fruits or veggies. Do you think you could put some money in an envelope marked milk money and use it only for that purpose? (I would also like to have another envelope marked sales to take advantage of a super sale on something at the same time, but you may not want to do that.)
One advantage of buying food for a month is that you can get large bulk amounts which are usually much cheaper. We buy 20 pounds of flour at a time. We buy a pound of yeast, and save a bundle over the cost of the smaller packets. (Making our own bread is our biggest money saver.)
I get the funds on my link card tonight at midnight and the prospect of making out a shopping list for the month is so daunting. I dont even know where to begin. That is why I joined this team. I need help. I did see the link that someone posted www.foodonthetable.com/ and I am definitely going to try it. The main thing is knowing what to keep and what to swap out for something healthier. I have switched half of my meat to either lean turkey or chicken and am buying leaner cuts of beef and pork. I have also gone from canned to frozen to cut sodium and add freshness, moving from highly processed bread products to the whole grain versions, and buying lowfat and liter versions of dairy and butter products. Its just that I have never been good at making a shopping list. I just went in and walked up and down the isle and picked up what looked good or I thought I was getting a deal on and I worried about making meals out the stuff once I got it home. Which also lead to me buy things we didnt need.. and I really want to break this habit. It just seem so over whelming to me right now. I it would be easier if I shopped weekly but I also know that the funds wouldnt last if I did that because I know that I tend to buy junk food then instead of things we really are going to need. This is why I buy for the month then if there is funds left I get treats for the kids..
Any ideas on where to begin... or survival tips for the supper market would be wonderful.
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