Just joined team today and seen this. I do almost the same thing - have my recipes put together as much as possible in the same container or bag. I also do dry recipes like this with mason quart jars to save time. Lately, I have been juicing more with my sprouts and freezing in ice cube trays. Does anyone else do this?
I made a beef roast yesterday for the family in my slow cooker. I have been leaving the remainder of the juice from the roast in the slow cooker and adding 10 servings of dried beans to the juice. I add additional water if needed to cover the dried beans completely with liquid. I set the slow cooker on low and cook over nite. The beans taste fantastic, and I have a week long supple of wonderful healthy meals for about $1.00 (10 cents per servings of beans) that take on the flavor of the roast.
o get the best of the deals I always stay up late on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Why? Because at midnight the new ads are released and you get first shot at the best deals. I then take those ads, cross reference with my coupons and make my list. I make a list for each store I will be going to and paper clip the list to the coupons that way I get what I went for and nothing else.t.
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You already know that chicken bones make great stock but who has time to do this for a few ounces of stock? Start a "stockpot" in your freezer. Place deli roasted chicken carcasses in a heavy duty gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. When the bag is filled, its time to make at least a quart of stock.
Just saw this idea on 'Secrets to Success": Great money saving tip! Frozen fruits are often much cheaper than fresh.
Each week, I buy 3 fresh bananas, plus one bag each of frozen mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Then I divide these up into 6 baggies, each containing 1/2 of a banana and 1/4 c. of each other kind of fruit. I store the baggies in the freezer and in the morning, take one out, put it in the blender with 1c. of almond milk and 1 c. of warm water. I blend it for a quick & healthy smoothie breakfast for me and my husband!
I poach frozen chicken breast 1 at a time in water and 1 tsp of olive oil. I buy the individually wrapped one from Costco. As it cooks I slice it down the middle thickness wise. So it looks like the full size serving but is in fact 2. Then I either refrigerate the other half after completing the cooking time, or eat the meal with my daughter.
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Once the chicken breasts are fully defrosted, I put them in a gallon size storage bag and tenderize them with a hammer. I then cut them in half. They tend to run 4 oz, but they look bigger and are really tender because I flattened them. It is also a cost savings because it doubled the amount on chicken breasts.
Before you make your weekly visit to the grocery store, make a list of what you already have on hand in the freezer and fridge, and try to put off going to the store until you have made a few meals with the items you already have on hand.
If you are going to eat out, trying eating out during lunch. At many restaurants, the same entrées offered during at dinner are also available during lunch, at a much lower price! This can save you a lot of $$$$$$$.
Pay YOURSELF FIRST!! No matter how tight our budgets might be, we still need to put a little something away for a rainy day. Start small, $5, $10 whatever you can squeeze out of an already tight budget! You will be amazed at how much you can save!!
We now mainly buy 'basics' food from the supermarket, something that I would have never done a few years ago but now being forced into it I realise that it tastes just as good, some are actually heathier than the more expensive products because they have less artificial stuff in them like preservatives. You can still make lovely tasty food and no one is any the wiser!
Make your own trail mix and save a lot of money. Buy your nuts, raisins, etc. in bulk. Then measure and mix yourself. Aside from saving money, you'll also be able to better calculate the nutrition. Then measure out into portions and you're all set to go!
This something that I currently do. After I make a big batch, I pre-measure into individual sanck bags, for a quick on the go snack!
- Submitted by JUNEAU2010 5/2/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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