Eating Better for Less
by Nikki Willhite
We are always looking for ways to save money on food. We clip
coupons, brown bag our lunches, and sometimes have to resort to beans and rice.
There are many ways to make food taste better
without spending a lot of money. Here are a few of them:
Serve soup as part of your dinner. Soup is filling, so you can
cut down on the portions of the rest of the meal.
Eat less meat. Get creative with pasta. Try some new recipes.
Pasta isn't just spaghetti and mac-and-cheese.
When you do eat meat, buy less expensive cuts, and tenderize
them by cooking them slowly all day in the slow cooker.
Take your hamburger up a notch with new spices and flavorings.
Eat more chicken. Try roasting a whole chicken and serve it
like turkey. Cube the leftover meat for soups and casseroles.
Serve eggs for dinner once a week. You can make omelets, serve
them scrambled, or make egg casseroles.
Add more vegetables to your diet. Find a Farmer's market in
your area, and serve at least two colorful vegetables with each meal.
Try a few new ethnic recipes. Check out Asian and other ethnic
stores. They sell many items at lower prices than you will find in your typical
Bread and Rolls
Make your own bread and rolls. Hot rolls from the oven are
always a hit at dinner, and fill you up quickly.
Use color psychology to make food more appealing. See:
Making Food More Appetizing
Make substitutions in your recipes for more economical
Economical Food Substitutions for frugal food substitutions that make
recipes less costly without affecting the flavor of the food.
Buy in bulk. If you buy food at Costco, it will probably
be fresher and it will cost less then the grocery store. Take a friend or two,
and divide it up if you don't have the room in your home to store food or if you
don't have a freezer.
Even if you are not trying to save money on your food bill, the
above ideas are all health conscious and will improve your family meal time.
Food is one of life's pleasures. Make mealtime special.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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Happy Families- more than just money!