How To Save Time And Money In The Kitchen

Always scrambling to get dinner done at the last minute?  Blowing the budget on groceries each week? These clever tips will have you sorted:

  1. Use pre-made shopping lists. Make up a printed shopping list of the things you always buy at each grocery shop. Print out multiple copies and stick them on your fridge. Have everyone in your household tick when items are getting low or have run out. By the time your next shop comes around your shopping list has been done for you.
  2. Write up meal plans for the week. Aim to use the most perishable items at the beginning of the week and the longer lasting ones toward the end. For example, use up lettuce and spinach at the beginning of the week and broccoli and the end.
  3. Aim to buy in bulk. Meats can be frozen and, if you do you meals plans well, veggies wont go off. Buying in bulk will save you time because your not having to head to the shops to restock so often.Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's market
  4. Prep your foods. Pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower in florets and store in tupperware ready to use. Cook a big batch of brown rice and dig in for the rest of the week.  Keep boiled eggs in the fridge for on-the-go snacks. You get the idea.
  5. Make lunch the night before.  This is a no-brainer because you will be saving so much money at the local lunch bar. The 10 minute your save yourself in the morning can mean a little extra morning meditation in bed.packed lunch
  6. Soup is your savour. Make up a big batch each week. Pack it full of vegies, anything you have spare will do. Add different herbs and spices each week so you don’t get bored. While you may not want to eat soup everyday, you will be grateful that it’s there when you just can’t be bothered cooking but don’t want to miss out on your healthy hit of vitamins. If you don’t have time to eat it all before it goes off, freeze it in batched for later.asp soup
  7. Cut the Crap. Say no to pre-packaged stuff masquerading at food. The perception that fresh food is an expensive option is wrong. A perfect example is your afternoon snack. A chocolate bar will cost about $2.50, will leave you unsatisfied and hitting a sugar slump in half an hour. A banana however, will cost about 50c is a far better energy option to keep you going through your 3.30-itis.
  8. Cook up big and save the leftovers. Left over roast meat is great in wraps, salads and omelettes. Left over roast vegies can be pureed up and added to other sauces and dishes later for an added vitamin boost. A bit of  leftover roast pumpkin, pureed up and added to a spag-bol is a tasty way to hide extra veggies from the kids too. veg on wood
  9. Buy in season. Your food will be way fresher and cheaper. Not to mention the quality will be better is you purchase in season produce.

Love Jess x

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