healthy meals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11439/all en-US Best Money Tips: Simple Ways to Make Healthier Meals http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-make-healthier-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-make-healthier-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_cooking_000051575694.jpg" alt="Woman finding simple ways to make healthier meals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on simple ways to make healthier meals, quick money tricks for better finances, and how to create an efficient spring cleaning schedule.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/3-simple-ways-to-make-everyday-meals-healthier/">3 Simple Ways to Make Everyday Meals Healthier</a> &mdash; Many spices and herbs have health-promoting properties, like cayenne for circulation and cinnamon for blood sugar stability. [$5 Dinners]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2016/03/quick-money-tricks/">29 Quick Money Tricks</a> &mdash; Put any money you receive outside your salary (reimbursements, bonuses, cash gifts) towards debt. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-create-an-easy-and-efficient-spring-cleaning-schedule">How to Create an Easy and Efficient Spring Cleaning Schedule</a> &mdash; Don't try to do too much in one or two days. Spread out the cleaning so that you do a handful of tasks each weekend. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a> &mdash; Socializing in a group can be stressful for introverts. Set up a one-on-one coffee or lunch date with a co-worker for something more comfortable. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0307/When-it-comes-to-Apple-products-newer-isn-t-always-better">When it comes to Apple products, newer isn't always better</a> &mdash; Shopping for an Apple product? You'll net great savings on a refurbished item, and it's guaranteed to be as good as new if you buy it directly from the Apple Certified Refurbished section of Apple's website. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/work-from-home-scams/">Want to Work From Home? Whatever You Do, Don&rsquo;t Fall for These Scams</a> &mdash; A representative from a work-from-home scam may ask you pointed questions about your finances, with the eventual goal of getting your credit card number. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/03/07/how-to-pay-yourself-first.html">How to Pay Yourself First</a> &mdash; You'll save more when you stop thinking of savings as something optional. Treat it like a bill and pay up every month. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17033/frugal-ways-to-celebrate-your-anniversary.html">7 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary</a> &mdash; Go camping! Spend some time in nature, sit by a bonfire, and gaze up at the stars. Romantic, right? [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/retirement/easy-ways-to-ramp-up-retirement-savings-when-you-are-behind/66749">Five Easy Ways to Ramp Up Retirement Savings When You Are Behind</a> &mdash; Consider downsizing to a smaller home to put more money towards your retirement. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2016/03/06/10-places-to-get-free-stuff-on-your-birthday/">10 Places To Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday</a> &mdash; Join the Subway Eat Fresh Club and get a free 6&quot; sub and drink on your birthday. [Your Smart Money Moves]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-make-healthier-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-a-cooking-club-cook-up-some-frugal-fun">Start a Cooking Club: Cook Up Some Frugal Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fuel-up-your-kids-frugally">Fuel Up Your Kids -- Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips healthy meals Wed, 09 Mar 2016 11:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1669918 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-177432103.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is lazy the correct word? We're all so rushed these days; it's probably more apt to say &quot;25 Healthy Recipes for Normal People!&quot; But whether you're short on time or just want a few more hours to spend with the kids, the pets, a good book, or your favorite TV show, these recipes can be made quickly and easily. And they're just as good for your health as they are your schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <p>Let's start with the most rushed meal of the day.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-140094090-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>Breakfast</h2> <p>They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, it doesn't have to be the most time-consuming. In fact, these little wonders can be prepared in minutes, and they're way better for you than a bowl of cereal or a pre-packaged granola bar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=seealso">Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h3>1. Southwestern Egg and Bean Wrap</h3> <p>The beans are optional in this quick <a href="http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Southwestern-Egg-and-Bean-Wraps-5199.html">breakfast wrap</a>, and if you're counting calories you can always remove them (or another ingredient of your choice). At only 245 calories though, it's filling and delicious.</p> <h3>2. Kale Egg Bake</h3> <p>The buzzword of the moment seems to be kale. It's everywhere, and with good reason. It's versatile (try making kale chips; even the kids love them), and it's full of flavor. This <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Baked-egg-and-kale-cups-364788">baked egg and kale dish</a> is very easy to prepare, and if you make several you can reheat them for days after. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>3. Quinoa Breakfast Bake</h3> <p>Quinoa for breakfast? Sure, why not? And this <a href="http://greatist.com/health/quinoa-breakfast-bake-healthy-recipe">breakfast quinoa recipe</a> is actually more like oatmeal, flavored with cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, and berries. Very simple to make, it bakes for an hour (it'll be ready right after you finish the Sunday crossword), and it is delicious. Leftovers taste even better.</p> <h3>4. Quick Breakfast Burrito</h3> <p>Mmmm, burritos. They are up there with sandwiches as a very versatile and easy-to-make meal. Fill them with fruits, meats, vegetables&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;you name it. This </span><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-breakfast-burritos-10000001911261/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">breakfast burrito recipe</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> calls for the traditional blend of eggs, tomatoes, and chilis. And it's delicious.</span></p> <h3>5. Egg in a Frame</h3> <p><a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=718467">Egg in a Frame</a> was introduced to me by my wife when I first moved to America, and I had a hard time believing it had taken me 26 years to try it. It's also one of the simplest breakfasts to cook, and you can vary the recipe by adding a little bacon, spinach, or different types of bread. You can even use raisin bread for a sweet and salty treat.</p> <h3>6. Bacon and Apple Fast Wrap</h3> <p>This <a href="http://ca.askmen.com/sports/galleries/10-minute-meals-10.html">very quick and easy breakfast wrap</a> uses bacon, cheese, and a whole wheat tortilla. You can also vary the ingredients, substituting or adding avocado, lettuce, tomato, and banana peppers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go?ref=seealso">Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go</a>)</p> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-476416107-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Lunch</h2> <p>Forget the fast-food trap&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;it's loaded with calories and costs can really add up if you go daily. Most of these can be prepared at home quickly and easily.</span></p> <h3>7. Apple Curry Turkey Pita</h3> <p>Anything with curry in it gets my vote. In fact, did you know that curry has the same addictive qualities as chocolate, and releases the same endorphins? Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-curry-turkey-pita/">curried turkey with apple</a> for a sweet and tangy lunch. Add a little mango chutney for extra sweetness.</p> <h3>8. Shrimp-Filled Sweet Potato</h3> <p>This recipe for a <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001046787,00.html">baked sweet potato</a> contains as much protein as four slices of turkey breast. But the flavor far exceeds anything turkey could ever bring to the table, thanks to the kielbasa and tangy shrimp. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Sweet Potato Dishes</a>)</p> <h3>9. Chicken Satay</h3> <p>What's better than meat on sticks? Well, some would say meat in a cone, but I think sticks have it beat. <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-satay-recipe.html">Chicken Satay</a> is delicious, very easy to make, and low in calories.</p> <h3>10. Spicy Couscous Soup</h3> <p>More Indian flavors come to the party, this time in a vegetarian dish that takes little preparation and cooking time. As with most Indian food, the flavors are bold and complex, but the recipe isn't. Enjoy this <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/spicedcouscous.htm">very filling soup</a> that's low in calories</p> <h3>11. Chili-Spiced Salmon Salad</h3> <p>Make use of your blender or food processor to whiz up a <a href="http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipe/chili-spiced-salmon-salad.aspx">tasty sauce for this salad</a>, which can be assembled in minutes. And the flavors are well worth it.</p> <h3>12. Whole-Wheat Chicken Panini</h3> <p>At 570 calories per serving, this <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Chicken-salad-panini-297180">chicken panini</a> proves that tasty food doesn't have to be fattening. If you don't have a panini press, you can get the same results from a hot pan. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses?ref=seealso">Best Panini Presses</a>)</p> <h3>13. Prosciutto and Fig Panini</h3> <p>The wonderfully complex but complementary flavors in this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/prosciutto-fontina-fig-panini-10000001895945/">lunch panini</a> are well worth the shopping trip. You will need to pick up Fontina cheese and the best prosciutto you can find, but your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you. And all it takes is 10 minutes.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-476009523-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>It's probably the trickiest meal of the day to prepare. Everyone's home, and everyone's got different tastes (especially the kiddos). These ideas should keep even the fussiest family members happy and healthy. Some of these recipes are for one person, so increase according to servings required. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance?ref=seealso">Easy Make-Ahead Dinner Party Dishes</a>)</p> <h3>14. Chicken Florentine</h3> <p>This delicious and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-and-healthy-chicken-florentine/">healthy version of the classic chicken Florentine</a> dish takes a little time, but it's not complicated at all. And when you're done, you will hardly believe this can be good for you.</p> <h3>15. No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese</h3> <p>Who needs the hassle of baking a mac 'n' cheese dish? This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/no_bake_macaroni_cheese.html">simple crowd-pleaser</a> takes just 25 minutes to create, and it's both healthy and delicious. The addition of broccoli gives it a more well-rounded flavor than traditional mac 'n' cheese, but the kids should be fine with it. After all, everything's covered in a tasty cheese sauce.</p> <h3>16. Turkey Chili</h3> <p>Chili is all about good spices and long simmering. Although this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-healthy-turkey-chili/">turkey chili</a> is ready in just thirty minutes, if you want the best flavors, let it simmer on low for a few hours.</p> <h3>17. Healthy Chicken Nuggets and Blackberry-Mustard Sauce</h3> <p>You don't have to feel guilty about serving up chicken nuggets. These <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_nuggets_blackberry_mustard.html">chicken nuggets</a> are not deep-fried, but simply flipped in a pan with a little hot oil. And the cornmeal gives them a great crunch!</p> <h3>18. Creamy Avocado Pasta</h3> <p>You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can throw together a <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/">tasty pasta dish</a> &mdash; just 15 minutes, a little over the time it makes to boil the pasta! And the results are worth sharing.</p> <h3>19. Zesty Stir-Fried Shrimp</h3> <p>The reduced fat and reduced salt ingredients in this <a href="http://www.sunkist.com/recipes/zesty-stir-fry-shrimp-and-vegetables_1093.aspx">zesty stir-fried shrimp recipe</a> keep it healthy, but the tangy lemons and shrimp keep it a treat for the tastebuds. It's easy and impressive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">70 Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-178714431-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Dessert</h2> <p>Finally, dessert. Many of these recipes are also low calorie, so you can splurge a little. And thankfully, these ideas are also just as good for your body as well as your hectic schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>20. Cantaloupe Granita</h3> <p>If you're looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream, this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cantaloupe-Granita-232509">cantaloupe granita</a> is perfect. It takes about an hour to set, but only requires about 10 minutes of actual work.</p> <h3>21. Light Peach Parfait</h3> <p>Take just 10 minutes out of your busy day to prepare a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brookes-light-and-lovely-peach-parfaits-recipe.html">dessert parfait</a> everyone will love. Make sure you use fresh peaches (grilled really makes a difference, too) and fat free topping.</p> <h3>22. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries</h3> <p>A favorite around Valentine's Day, there is no reason not to enjoy this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberries_dipped_in_chocolate.html">decadent little treat</a> after any meal. As the main ingredient is fresh strawberries, you're being good to yourself, too.</p> <h3>23. Instant Apple Crisp</h3> <p>Rolled oats are the secret to this family favorite. But unlike traditional apple crisp, this <a href="http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2012/11/healthy-apple-crisp-under-10-minutes/">quick apple crisp</a> will take just 10 minutes and won't be a guilty pleasure.</p> <h3>24. Baby Tiramisu</h3> <p>It's not often you see the word <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/baby_tiramis.html">tiramisu</a> on a list of quick and/or healthy desserts, but this one is the exception to the rule. It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it's delicious.</p> <h3>25. Instant Rice Pudding</h3> <p>Well, instant may be a strong word, but it's very quick. The addition of fresh fruit and the smart use of cooked rice (use brown for an even healthier version) makes this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robin-miller/instant-rice-pudding-with-cinnamon-cardamom-and-blueberries-recipe.html">rice pudding</a> a winner.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite easy, healthy dishes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">Cheaper and Healthier Than Store-Bought: 10 Great Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less">9 Satisfying Stir-Fries in 20 Minutes or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fuel-up-your-kids-frugally">Fuel Up Your Kids -- Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty cheap recipes easy meals healthy meals quick meals Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:36:46 +0000 Paul Michael 1133368 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6274802557_e2e915a3b7_z.jpg" alt="making breakfast" title="making breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have planned menus for the duration of my marriage (nearly 31 years). Every Saturday morning, I do a couple of things. First, I make a fresh cup of coffee. Then I get out a piece of paper and a pencil, and I start planning my week&rsquo;s menus.</p> <p>The following method works for me and has enabled me to stay within a household grocery budget for years. I&rsquo;m a bit of a foodie, so it&rsquo;s really important to me that food tastes really great. We could eat more cheaply, but to me, food is one of life&rsquo;s great pleasures. It is also important to me that meals I cook are family-friendly and both the husband and daughter will eat them happily. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a>)</p> <p>A few general notes about grocery shopping:</p> <ul> <li>I rarely use coupons, because I have learned that I&rsquo;ll just forget them at the register. If you can remember to use them, bonus points. I do, however, participate in my store&rsquo;s discount program, so I receive 5% off every two weeks on my receipt. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I do look at the grocery ads each week to see what is on sale, and I try to buy things we will use. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Once every two months, we do a big Costco shopping. (We would go more often, but our nearest Costco is two hours away.) <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I shop at the same store every week because I know where everything is. Time is money, right? <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables.</li> </ul> <p>When I learned to cook back in the Stone Age, we were taught that a balanced meal was comprised of a protein, a starch, a vegetable or two, and fruit.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve evolved a little from that, but for the most part, that&rsquo;s the way I roll. While I am not a nutritionist, I believe the meals presented here are pretty nutritionally sound.</p> <p>You will notice that several of the &ldquo;proteins&rdquo; come up more than once during the month. For instance, in this plan you will see that fish comes up several times in different forms. However, it&rsquo;s all from the same bag of (frozen) fish. Buying in bulk is cheaper, but gang, we have to use it up. On the subject of proteins, you will notice that a few of the recipes can easily be made vegetarian, such as the split-pea soup, chili, and spring rolls.&nbsp; Similarly, you may &ldquo;lighten&rdquo; recipes by using turkey burger instead of hamburger or egg substitute instead of scrambled eggs.</p> <p>For purposes of brevity, I need to assume that you know how to make chicken stock or various types of potatoes. If not, the Internet has a wealth of recipes and video demonstrations, and I hope you aren&rsquo;t daunted by the prospect of picking up a new cooking skill.</p> <p>I also advocate large <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us">batch cooking</a> and freezing portions. I work full-time, and on those nights when I can pop half of a lasagna into the oven or defrost some frozen soup, I think that&rsquo;s pretty great. This post also presumes that you have access to a microwave at work for re-heating leftovers.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am sure you will need to make some substitutions here and there. Keep in mind when you do that to look ahead on the menu plan &mdash; because we are using up leftovers here, your substitution might need to be worked into a meal on another date.</p> <h2>Week One</h2> <p>Notes about this week's menu:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of hard-boiled eggs, wash and re-pack lettuce greens, and make a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Shrimp is affordable if you buy it frozen and cook/clean it yourself.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Yogurt is cheaper if you buy the large tubs and repack into small plastic containers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save ends of French bread and freeze for later use as croutons.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Here's my recipe for easy huevos rancheros: To two cans of fat-free refried beans, add &frac12; cup water and &frac12; cup salsa; heat. Crack four eggs into heated beans, gently spoon bean mixture over eggs, cover, and cook about 8 minutes, or until eggs are set. Add shredded cheddar cheese and serve over shredded lettuce with taco chips.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese and English muffins. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Tuna sandwiches on whole-wheat bread with green onion, pickle relish, capers and avocado; chips; apple slices; and cookies. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/vegetable-spring-rolls-with-peanut-dipping-sauce/">Spring rolls</a> with vegetables and cooked shrimp, peanut sauce, and rice (save leftover vegetables).</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Pancakes and sausage links (make double recipe and refrigerate half).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover tuna salad with crackers, tomato soup, string cheese, pear slices, and cookies. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view2/bobbys_lighter_baked_spaghetti/">Bobby Dean&rsquo;s Lighter Baked Spaghetti</a> (freeze half), garlic bread, and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cereal with sliced bananas, hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Turkey sandwiches on whole-wheat bread, chips, sliced pears, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Huevos rancheros over shredded lettuce, tortilla chips.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Leftover pancake-and-sausage sandwiches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Turkey sandwich wraps, chips, yogurt, banana, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/seafoodrecipe1/r/salmonpatties.htm">Salmon patties</a>, rice, steamed broccoli with Dijon mustard-butter sauce and baked sweet potatoes (save extra potatoes for Thursday/Friday breakfast).</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice (use leftover rice) with egg and leftover vegetables from Sunday.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches, leftover tortilla chips, yogurt, cookies, banana-pear cup.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Chicken legs in BBQ sauce (slather with pre-made sauce and either cook in a slow cooker or in the oven at 350 for 1.5 hours.), mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-muffins/">Sweet Potato muffins</a> and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover BBQ chicken sandwiches; carrot sticks, chips, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner:<b>&nbsp; </b><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/the-best-beef-stew-sam-choy-378913">Sam Choy&rsquo;s Beef Stew</a>, garlic bread, and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday </b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp;Sweet potato muffins and cottage cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover beef stew, crackers, cheese, yogurt, pears and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-joes-ii/">Sloppy Joes</a>, French fries, and coleslaw.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Two</h2> <p>Notes about this week's menu:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of Rice Krispies treats&nbsp;(this week's &quot;cookies&quot;) and hard-boil some eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Never toss out extra French bread &mdash; put it in your freezer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Costco makes a cheaper rotisserie chicken than I can make, myself. In fact, my neighbors always get two and freeze the meat from the second one.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp;Whole-wheat tortilla wraps filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Shrimp-salad stuffed tomatoes and crackers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Rotisserie <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-with-Tarragon-Caper-Sauce-with-Mixed-Greens-108454">chicken with tarragon sauce</a>, salad greens, sliced beets, French bread. (Save half of chicken meat. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">Make broth with the chicken carcass</a> and freeze the chicken broth.)</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast:&nbsp; Yogurt-fruit-cereal bowls and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Chicken wraps with lettuce, tomato, and leftover tarragon sauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Easy-Split-Pea-Soup-1919">Split-pea soup</a> (freeze half); biscuits (from mix), carrot sticks (save extra for Wednesday's breakfast).</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Whole-wheat tortillas with peanut butter, bananas, and raisins.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Pasta salad with cheese cubes, cucumbers, olives, tuna, celery, and dressing (make double batch); crackers; yogurt; cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-chicken-potpie-50400000110383/">Lighter chicken pot pie</a>, sliced tomatoes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Banana pancakes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chicken pot pie, crackers, cheese, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Tilapia with tomatoes and rice; broccoli (save leftover rice and broccoli). To make the tilapia, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Add tilapia filets and sprinkle with oregano, salt, and pepper. Top with sliced tomatoes, bread crumbs, and lots of parmesan. Bake at 375 for thirty minutes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice with carrots and broccoli.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover pasta salad, crackers and cheese, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-chili-190598">Chili</a>, cornbread, and celery sticks.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter and raisins, apple slices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chili, cornbread, and celery sticks (stuff with light cream cheese); cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=403446">Veggie calzones</a> and salad.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cup of instant miso soup with tofu and a hard-boiled egg, an orange.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover calzone and salad; yogurt and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Meat-Loaf-with-Barbecue-Sauce-102658">Meatloaf</a> with BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Three</h2> <p>Notes about this week's recipes:</p> <ul> <li>After shopping on Saturday, make a double batch of peanut-butter cookies and your hard-boiled eggs.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Wash lettuces and repackage.</li> </ul> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: French toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover meatloaf sandwiches with pickles, cheddar, and lettuce; fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Tacos, fat-free refried beans, and rice.</li> </ul> <p><b>Sunday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-breakfast-strata/">Breakfast strata</a> (save half for Monday breakfast), fresh fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Taco salad (using extra lettuce and leftover taco ingredients from Saturday).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2011/02/01/1700359/meatball-minestrone-soup-a-hearty.html">Minestrone</a> (using your frozen chicken broth) &mdash; make double batch of meatballs.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Leftover breakfast strata and fresh fruit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Reheated minestrone soup, cheese sandwiches, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Scalloped potatoes with ham, baby peas, and broiled tomato halves.</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Bagels with light cream cheese and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover scalloped potatoes, salad, cookies, apple slices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Shrimp salad with home-made croutons, hard-cooked eggs, and avocado; French bread. To make the croutons, defrost leftover French bread and cut into cubes. Heat olive oil on stove and add bread; sprinkle with garlic salt. Toss until crunchy; drain on paper towels.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with leftover ham and broiled tomatoes (from Monday dinner), toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Meatball sandwiches (using meatballs from Sunday), string cheese, chips, celery sticks, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/vegetable-stew-giambotta-recipe/index.html">Vegetable stew</a> with cheese toasts and couscous.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Bagels with cream cheese and hard-boiled eggs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover vegetable stew with couscous, celery with peanut butter, string cheese, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotturkeyrecipes/r/r80418b.htm">Island BBQ&rsquo;d turkey legs</a> (slow cooker) with rice and bok choy.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Fried rice with leftover rice and bok choy, orange sections.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover turkey sandwiches, cottage cheese, carrot and celery sticks, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1743,130181-244195,00.html">Beef salad</a>, rolls.</li> </ul> <h2>Week Four</h2> <p>After shopping on Saturday, make a batch of <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/millys-oatmeal-brownies/detail.aspx">oatmeal brownies</a>.</p> <p><b>Saturday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cereal and toast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Chicken-noodle soup (canned), whole-grain crackers, cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Breaded tilapia sandwiches with caper mayo on wheat buns, sweet potato French fries.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Sunday</strong></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Coffee cake.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Tuna sandwich (with mayo, capers, celery and lettuce) in wheat pita bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1826,151180-245206,00.html">Cowboy beans</a>; corn bread (from mix); plate of carrots, celery, and cucumbers.</li> </ul> <p><b>Monday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-oatmeal-muffins/">Oatmeal muffins</a> and applesauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover cowboy beans and corn bread, yogurt, string cheese and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Defrosted/reheated Bobby Dean&rsquo;s lighter baked spaghetti; Caesar salad (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">use up any frozen French bread</a> and make croutons).</li> </ul> <p><b>Tuesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Oatmeal muffins.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover spaghetti, salad, yogurt, breadsticks, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Baked chicken thighs, twice-baked potatoes, sliced tomatoes.</li> </ul> <p><b>Wednesday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Whole-grain waffles with peanut butter and bananas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover chicken thighs, leftover potatoes, orange-banana cup with yogurt and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/hamburger-stroganoff-65570">Hamburger stroganoff</a> over noodles, cooked carrots, bread sticks.</li> </ul> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: Cup of miso soup with tofu and hard-boiled egg.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Leftover stroganoff and breadsticks, fruit cup, cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: Defrosted/reheated split pea soup and English muffin pizza halves.</li> </ul> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <ul> <li>Breakfast: English muffins with peanut butter and applesauce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches, chips, yogurt, and cookies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dinner: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/campbells-golden-mushroom-soup-pork-chops-111798">Baked pork chops in mushroom-sherry sauce</a> (I like to substitute sherry for the water listed in the recipe); dilled carrots; rice.</li> </ul> <p>I hope this helps you out, readers!&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner">15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meals frugal meal planning healthy meals Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:36:46 +0000 Marla Walters 954959 at http://www.wisebread.com Fuel Up Your Kids -- Frugally http://www.wisebread.com/fuel-up-your-kids-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fuel-up-your-kids-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3855271737_b4b98e557c.jpg" alt="fruits" title="fruits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From cardboard pastries and sugar-laden cereals to full-of-fat nuggets and greasy pizza, it's no wonder that as many as one in three kids in the U.S. are considered obese. Fueling up with fat, sodium, and sweet stuff is no way to cruise through the day. The good news is that, despite the sluggish economy, you can provide low-fat and low-cost breakfast options and cheapskate lunches that pack a nutritional punch.</p> <h2>Jump Startin' the Day</h2> <p>While simple carbs may offer a quick pick-me-up, it's the more complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and calcium-rich foods that will help sustain kids throughout the school day. Best of all, whipping up nutritious breakfast options is heart-healthy and wallet friendly. Besides, isn't it better to bond with your kids at the kitchen table versus the drive-through of your local fast-food joint?</p> <p>Try these flash-fast morning meals that can be made in minutes and for less than a buck:</p> <ul> <li>Oatmeal mixed with fresh fruit and skim milk<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Whole-grain tortilla with peanut butter and sliced bananas<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Scrambled eggs with spinach and reduced-fat cheese<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fruit smoothie made from low-fat plain yogurt, frozen fruit, and 100-percent fruit juice<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Whole-grain bagel sandwich filled with scrambled eggs and turkey bacon or lean ham.<span style="display: none;" id="1258435103060E">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <p>If you have more time...</p> <ul> <li>whip up a batch of oat bran muffins with an antioxidant boost of blueberries, or<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>make a frittata with reduced-fat cheese and loads of veggies.</li> </ul> <h2>Lunches With Lasting Power</h2> <p>It's no surprise that many kids will opt for burgers, fries, and pizza in the school cafeteria while nixing the fruits and vegetables. Packing lunch, however, gives you more control over the nutritional content of your child's meal <em>and your budget</em>. According to the School Nutrition Association, the average price for a lunch bought at a public school for '08-'09 was $2.08. And depending on the length of the school year, that translates to $300-$400 a year, <em>per child</em>. I don't know about you, but I could think of much better ways to spend that money on my family.</p> <p>Some suggestions that will leave your kids satisfied until that after-school refrigerator raid:</p> <ul> <li>Forgo pricey pre-packaged kid lunches and pack lean turkey or ham (choose nitrite-free) and reduced fat cheese (cut into shapes using cookies cutters). Add whole grain crackers and a piece of fruit and you've got lunch. Kids will have fun making this one, too.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Whole-grain pita filled with lean cuts of turkey, ham or roast beef, mustard, lettuce, and tomato<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Peanut butter and sliced banana sandwich on whole-grain bread<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Whole-grain pita filled with hummus and veggies such as cucumbers and shredded carrots<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Multi-grain bagel filled with reduced fat cream cheese.</li> </ul> <p>Round out your child's healthy lunch with smart snacks and sides. Some good choices include string cheese, cups of unsweetened applesauce, baby carrots and hummus or low-fat Ranch dressing, whole grain crackers, and raisins. To keep your costs down even more, buy in bulk and consider store brands over name brands. Often, the ingredients and taste are identical.</p> <h2>Be Green on the Lunch Scene</h2> <p>Saving money on school lunches extends beyond food. By investing in a reusable lunch tote and stainless thermos, for example, you can watch your budget and help the environment in the process. According to the EPA, the United States consumes more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks, and wraps every year.</p> <p>Reusable lunch sacks, sandwich containers, and stainless water bottles can be used over and over, cutting down on landfill waste and regular paper and plastic purchases.</p> <h2>Getting the Kids on Board</h2> <p>If your kids have grown accustomed to making less than optimal choices at breakfast or lunch, it's never too late to change course and create healthier eating habits. Enlist their help in packing lunches and let them choose from several healthy selections each day. Lastly, give them a simple economics lesson and show them just how much your family can save when you pack each day. Perhaps even set aside the money you would have spent on school lunches and use it for something the entire family can enjoy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Caroline Reno Wilder, a freelance writer and SAHM who enjoys perusing thrift shops.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/caroline-reno-wilder">Caroline Reno Wilder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fuel-up-your-kids-frugally">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-get-calcium">Great Ways to Get Calcium</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/herbal-supplements-know-what-you-re-getting">Herbal Supplements: Know What You’re Getting!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-in-defense-of-food">Book review: In Defense of Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink Health and Beauty healthy meals kids food nutrition Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:00:02 +0000 Caroline Reno Wilder 3843 at http://www.wisebread.com Start a Cooking Club: Cook Up Some Frugal Fun http://www.wisebread.com/start-a-cooking-club-cook-up-some-frugal-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/start-a-cooking-club-cook-up-some-frugal-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/CookingClubThanksgivingSides2007_005_sized.jpg" alt="" title="Cooking Club" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's becoming a big trend in households across the nation to stop dining out and start eating at the dinner table. However, as growing families continue to race from play practice and soccer practice, their tendency to pull into a drive-thru is still strong simply because it is convenient. Parents today have less time to do domestic activities but as frugality is becoming a lifestyle, people are looking to change their ways.</p> <p>While people have every intention of cooking from scratch and preparing more homemade, healthier meals, it may take some motivation to stay on task. That's why starting a community or family cooking club can be just the right incentive to get going. A cooking club is something like a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-a-book-club">book club</a> or a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/entertainment-value-start-a-frugal-club">frugal club</a>, but instead of reading, why not trying cooking? Families and friends can get together once or twice a month and have some fun in the kitchen. There are many ways to be creative with this idea but the end result is the same: more quality time with family and friends, plus some great time-saving meals for weeks to come!</p> <p>Here are some ideas that you can use as a springboard to coming up with your own cooking club.</p> <p><strong>Start by asking friends, family, and neighbors to find out who enjoys time spent in the kitchen.</strong> When you have a good list of people who are interested, start planning to host your first &quot;open kitchen&quot; Discuss different ideas people have for hosting a cooking party.</p> <p><strong>Send out invitations (cards, emails, or word-of-mouth).</strong> Ask those planning to attend to send over their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/restaurant-recipes-at-home-cooked-prices">favorite recipes </a> that are freezer-friendly and cost-effective to make in bulk. Get the invites out early, as you'd have some planning to do. Keep in mind that you can only invite as many people as will fit comfortably in your kitchen.</p> <p><strong>As you receive the replies and recipes, make a list of the ingredients that is needed.</strong> You will also need to include other supplies such as freezer paper and bags, cooking utensils, pots, pans, cooking sprays, spices, and the like. When you have your list complete, check off the items you already have in stock and then pass along the list to the other invitees asking them to do the same. Remember that you will need to have enough ingredients to make dishes for each member. If you have 4 attendees, you'll need to be able to make 4 of every recipe.</p> <p><strong>When the list has been returned, you can either divide up the list of what is still needed among attendees or, as the hostess, you can get the items.</strong> Provide the attendees with the lists of who is to bring what, along with the party details.</p> <p><strong>Prepare to host the cooking soiree.</strong> You might want to some wine and hors d'oeuvres for your guests. Be sure your cooking and preparation areas are cleared, clean, and ready to go.</p> <p><strong>During the first club meeting, there will likely be different kinks to be worked out, but over time the club meetings will likely run themselves.</strong> A bit of investment may be required in the beginning but in time each members pantry will likely become stocked with all of the essentials and cost will be less of an issue. Perhaps the club would be willing to invest in a membership to <a href="http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/index.jsp">Sam's Club</a> or <a href="http://www.costco.com/">Costco</a> and buy ingredients in bulk to start.</p> <p><strong>When everyone is ready to get cooking, select one recipe and everyone can pitch in to complete it.</strong> Some people can be designated to slice and dice. Others can be relegated to the stove. The point is to have fun and create family-friendly meals each member can wrap for the freezer and pop in the oven during a busy week.</p> <p><strong>As the club grows, ideas and creativity will likely grow too.</strong> There are many ideas that can come out of starting a cooking club but the best outcome will be time together, low-cost meals, and an incredible smelling kitchen!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-a-cooking-club-cook-up-some-frugal-fun">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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