Let's be honest. The idea of eating gourmet food every day is nice and all, but when it's the end of a long day and you are somehow faced with the task of getting dinner on the table, it can be pretty tempting to just defrost a frozen meal or call out for help (AKA pizza delivery). You want to eat well, but you don't exactly consider yourself a culinarian. And besides, cooking is hard and takes a long time, right? Right?!
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The truth is, with just a tiiiiny bit of planning and prep, you can kick your food repertoire up several notches, making it taste better, faster. Even if you're lazy, tired and broke, you can cook and eat like someone who knows what they're doing.
It's always fun when friends come over and they want to see my
pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch,
and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually
stock my pantry with.
This got me thinking: what are some simple things
that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives?
Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier?
Let's talk about six of them. If you just do one of
these, you'll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I
like small and simple, don't you? Here's what to choose:
1. Brown rice instead of white rice. Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
The modern grocery store is a hive of commerce, a 24/7
Superstore selling everything imaginable with almost limitless
selection across product categories. Need aluminum foil? Prepare to
sort through a spectrum of options starting with the store brand
and ending with a technological wonder that could serve as a heat
shield for a spacecraft reentering Earth's atmosphere. In short, the
grocery store is the last place you should send the average
American male, provided you actually want the items on his
Calling out gender differences certainly isn't in vogue these
days, and as a Dad and husband, I'm hesitant to criticize my own
species. But this missive is a cry for help. Based on personal
experience, I know no matter how hard I try, I cannot be trusted to
accurately buy the items below, most likely due to an evolutionary
quirk among my ancestors that makes me blind to the difference
between tins of anchovies and sardines displayed in close proximity
to each other.
By admitting defeat and articulating the shame I feel about
being so massively distracted while food shopping, I'm hoping we
can take the first step towards creating a different world for my
son to grow up in. A world where he doesn't have a panic attack
standing in front of a towering shelf of pickle spears. Please have
compassion for us. For we are just men.
I woke up this morning and the air was brisk which meant it was time to put some of my favorite frugal fall recipes to good work once again.
One of the first things I did when the seasons began to change from late night grilling outdoors to shorter days filled with the hustle and bustle, was to turn my attention to my favorite frugal fall recipes that I had tucked away during the warm summer months.
With fall upon us, I am looking forward to putting my favorite kitchen tool, the slow cooker, to good use once again.
I love summer grilling, but it can be more expensive to cook dinner that way versus throwing a slow cooker meal together. I find that I'm able to stretch our meats further when I am making meals in my slow cooker.
I have a few favorite frugal fall recipes to share with you:
Believe it or not, it's actually been a slow week for
freebies. There is a great offer if you're a bride-to-be. You can
get yourself a key chain with your new name engraved in it for
free. Just make sure you follow their instructions on how to get it
and claim it this weekend.
You can get 3 free boxes of Monkey Bars and Lysol Touch of Foam
this week if you live in specific areas of the country. Eventually
they will it open up to everyone, but for now you have to enter
your zip code to see if you qualify.
Sign the kids up to get their own freebies too. Join Geoffrey's
Birthday Club so they can get some birthday freebies. You will
definitely want to print out some Ratatouille activity pages from
Disney for a rainy day. The kids can also get a reminder call from
Mike or Sully (Monster's University) reminding them to take a potty
I'm always looking for new ways to save on groceries because its not always just about the coupons. Like playing a video game, you can have multiple strategies to come out a winner!
It's all about planning, strategizing and putting those into action. While it can be as simple as using coupons and following the sales cycle, there's actually a whole lot more to it than that. With these tips from our DealPros, you can come out a big winner at saving on your groceries:
Buying bigger doesn't always mean cheaper
Have you every found yourself at a shopping aisle looking at a smaller product such as an 8 oz. can of tomatoes for 32 cents versus looking at a larger 15 oz. can for 67 cents. Should you buy two 8 oz. cans or buy one 15 oz. can? Which choice is cheaper? Laura of A Frugal Chick did this comparison and found that buying bigger doesn't always mean cheaper. She suggests you make sure you look at the price before grabbing things off the shelf.