The Four Basic Steps to My Eat Healthy on a Budget Plan
#1 – Shop Sales and Buy Large Quantities of What is on Sale – it really is worth it to follow sales and learn what a good deal is and use the sales to meal plan. When you see a good deal, stock up on it! Join my mailing list and I will share with you the resources I use to help me decide what a good deal is.
#2 – Cook Huge Batches of Food – using an easy method such as the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Focus on freezer-friendly meals (I will give you ideas I have tried myself)
#3 – Eat one meal of your large batch of food then immediately freeze what is left – I use individual containers so each person can have something different but you may want to freeze family-size portions.
#4 – Repeat steps 2-3 once or twice a week (or less) and the rest of the week heat your frozen meals quickly and don’t worry about making dinner.
That’s the basics. I have tons of additional ideas in each of these categories I’m excited to share with you.
Some of the Main Benefits
- Most days you only have to reheat your food and maybe add to it a bit. An example is spaghetti. You will pre-cook the sauce and freeze it then the day you eat it you will cook the pasta fresh and reheat your sauce either in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- You don’t have to worry about what to cook for dinner every night. It’s so freeing to not be at home at dinner time but know that as soon as you get home you can quickly eat and if your family is at home that they can quickly heat up some food whenever they want.
- We pretty much don’t eat out anymore because we know we have food we actually like ready and waiting at home that we don’t have to prepare. Talk about a money saver . . .
- It is barely any more work to cook a large batch of food than a small one (at least if you use the recipes I do).
- We are eating healthier than we used to because our meals are pre-planned so it is easier to be consistent, rather than doing well most of the time but then slipping up every once in a while (or more).
- We eat way more veggies because I pre-cook those too and freeze them individual containers so they are easy to reheat and don’t go bad in the fridge.
- It’s amazing how much money you can save by buying in bulk and on sale.
- Meal planning is super fast because you only have to plan two meals – and even faster if you do what I do and just rotate between 10 meals or so.
- It’s a flexible plan so if you want to add some non-freezer meals into your meal plan that’s totally doable.
- Once you figure out dinner you can do a similar method for breakfast and lunch.