Published On: Nov 11 2013 03:06:30 PM ESTUpdated On: Jul 24 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT
It's easier than you think to eat well and save money. Here are eight tips to live by, according to U.S. News & World Report.
8. Make your own "convenience foods"
You're paying a lot more per ounce for the convenience of foods like salsa, hummus, peanut butter and jam than you ever would for fruit or chickpeas. Make your own to save money and eat better if you have the time and experience.
7. Cook up wilted vegetables
Other options for veggies that have gotten a little too soft? Throw them into soups, pastas and casseroles, since they're going to become tender in the cooking process anyway.
6. Saute and save wilted vegetables
Got a few veggies that have gone soft, but you don’t want to eat them that night? Saute them, then throw them back in the fridge or freezer to give them new life.
5. Take inventories of your refrigerator
A few times a week or before you go grocery shopping, scan your fridge for what's about to go bad and pull those items to the front. Make a plan to use them soon in a meal.
4. Get to be friends with your freezer
Lasagna, soup, fruits, veggies, meat -- freeze it all when it's on sale at the store or after you cook up big batches.
3. Spice up your leftovers
If there's not quite enough food leftover to make an entire meal, remember you can use yesterday's steak scraps to add some protein to your lunch salad.
2. Cook once for the entire week
Try cooking something big once or twice each week, then revamping it for the following days.
1. Embrace your pantry (or food cupboards)
Load your pantry or food cupboards with healthy products that have a long shelf life, such as canned fruits and vegetables, whole-wheat pasta and dry beans and lentils.
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