The struggle of cooking is real. It is just not cooking, it is the writing of the grocery list, driving to the store, shopping with a mask on, buying your groceries, prepping, chopping, and then cooking. You spend maybe 30-minutes eating, then you have to clean up. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Some of us are having to live with fewer funds these days. When operating with a tight budget, food shopping is a struggle and we don’t always make the best choices. You can eat well and healthy on a budget. A little preplanning can go a long way. Here are my tips on getting good and healthy food on a budget.
Not the most glamorous topic but to be successful at meal prep you need to have a good understanding of food storage. So here is a little food storage 101 to make sure that your hard work doesn’t get wasted.
Here is a super easy slow cooker recipe for you – Taco Meat! You can make up a big batch for easy meals throughout the week or freeze for future meals. You can use it for traditional tacos, in salad or in a taco bowl. Also great with eggs or tossed with a bunch of roasted veggies.
Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki is very tender and flavorful, you can serve it with a mix of rice and cauliflower rice or over zucchini noodles. Makes enough to feed a family and the leftovers are yummy. Double the ingredients and stick half in the freezer for future meals. Made with simple ingredients, this meal is a good one to keep in rotation. Serve it with sauteed veggies or steamed broccoli or a large green salad on the side.
Finding yourself eating the same old meals over and over? Are you in a food rut? So how do you get out of a food rut? The simple answer is to eat something different. 😊 To help you think of what different foods to try, I have put together a list of real whole food options to get you thinking.
Italian Meat Sauce!!!
This my favorite meat sauce!! It’s an easy homemade Italian meat sauce recipe that is hearty and tasty. It freezes great so that makes it perfect for batch cooking. Easy go-to meal for busy weeks. Just defrost, add in some sautéed mushrooms and serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. Great dish for real food, paleo, keto and whole 30 eaters.
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” -Edward Stanley
When it comes to eating healthy, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success. As a nutritionist, my role is to help my clients create meal plans. This is a much-needed life skill that will help you improve your health for the long run.
Bone broth is loaded with flavor and nutrients and can be made easily in your crock-pot. I always have it on-hand in my freezer. It’s great for sipping or as a base for soups, stews, or sauces. Also, the chicken cooked in the crock-pot is always flavorful and tender. I will freeze it in one to two cups packs and use for salads, soups, tacos, any recipe that calls for cooked chicken.
Instant Pot – Got One?
I love my Instant Pot. It has made my meal prep fast and easy. I have had mine for over 18 months now and I think I’m using it at least two times per week if not more. I can’t imagine my kitchen without it. It’s perfect for the person that is embracing cooking with real whole foods but doesn’t have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen.
Hello! I'm Jori Zimmerman, a nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Savvy. I work with individuals that are looking to make dietary and lifestyle changes that will lead them to living a healthier and higher quality of life.