Cutting Food Expenses while Boosting Nutrition
With todays commodity prices, eating a nutritious diet means having to spend more. And one option to cut food spending is to eat at home. But be sure that your food contain the healthiest ingredients like whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
People think that cheap foods are unhealthy and does not contain the vitamins needed by our body. Dont be surprised, here is the list of some foods that would greatly cut food expenses but still boosting nutrition.
1. Brown Rice
Great for: Side dishes, rice salads, fried rice, casseroles, soups, and stews.
2. Whole-Wheat or Multigrain Pasta
Great for: Hot and cold pasta dishes.
3. 100% Whole-Wheat Bread
Great for: Hot and cold sandwiches, bread stuffing, bread pudding, and breakfast strata.
4. Whole-Wheat Flour (stone-ground)
Great for: Breakfast recipes like pancakes and waffles, plusall baking recipes (use half whole wheat flour and half white flour), including breads, muffins, cakes, and cookies.
5. Oats (Old-Fashioned or Quick)
Great for: Hot or cold cereal, granola, crumb toppings for desserts, and muffins.
6. Frozen Vegetables
Great for: Side dishes, casseroles, and stews.
7. Potato (Russet)
Great for: Baked potatoes, breakfast potatoes, salads, casseroles, and stews.
8. Fresh Bagged Spinach
Great for: Quick salads,egg dishes, casseroles, soups, and stews.
9. Canned Refried Beans
Great for: Burritos, nachos, dips, enchiladas, or a quick side dish.
10. Canned Tuna (solid white albacore or chunk light in water)
Great for: Sandwiches, casseroles, several types of salads, and to serve with crackers.
11. Canned or Jarred Marinara Sauce
Great for: Pasta dishes, pizza, casseroles,appetizers,Italian sandwiches, and stews.
12. Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Great for: Making pizzas, flatbread appetizers, and hot or cold sandwiches.
13. Nulaid Reddi Eggs (egg substitute)
Great for: Making quick omelets, or as an ingredient in fried rice. You can also blend halfegg substitute and half eggs to make quiches, frittatas,egg casseroles, andstratas.
14. Frozen Edamame (Soybeans)
Great for: Snacks and appetizers or as a side dish with your meal. If the edamame are shelled (without pods), you can easily add them to fried rice, stews, casseroles, and more.
15. Canned Crabmeat (with 15% leg meat)
Great for: Casseroles, sandwiches, salads and as filling for omelets, quiche, enchiladas,and more.