Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cooking Tips To Save Time and Money

Today, I will just have a quick post about saving time and money in the kitchen, without compromising our health. Times are bad but it doesn't mean we have to live in cardboard houses or eat poorly, just to save the few pennies.

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Buy foods that are easy to prepare, like pasta and tomato sauce, rice and beans, or canned tuna packed in water.

2. Plan ahead and cook enough food to have leftovers. Casseroles, meat loaf, or a whole cooked chicken can feed your family for several days. Be sure to freeze or refrigerate leftovers right away to keep them safe to eat.

3. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. Buy only as much as you will use so they won't go bad.

4. Also buy frozen or canned vegetables (no salt added) and canned fruit packed in juice. They are just as good for you as fresh produce and will not go bad.

5. Try canned beans like kidney, butter, pinto, or black beans. They are loaded with protein, cost less than meat, and make quick and easy additions to your meals.

6. If your local store does not have the foods you want, or its prices are too high, go to another store or your local farmers' market. Share a ride or the cost of a taxi with friends.