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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 1/13/2017

With grocery prices on the rise, many of us are cutting corners any way we can at the supermarket. Some people cut coupons, others have switched to wholesale grocery stores where they can buy in bulk to save. However, there are many ways you can be more frugal just by switching to some more cost-effective recipes. Here are some frugal cooking ideas that will help you save each week at the register.

Smart lunches

Preparing lunches can seem like a chore that no one has time for. Many people find themselves grabbing a can of soup while they run out the door. Others go out for fast food on their lunch break spending money on food and gas. There’s a solution to this problem that will save you money on lunches and save you time in the morning—bulk cooking.

Pick one or two lunches that you’d like to eat throughout the week and prepare them all Sunday morning. You could buy ingredients for a couple types of tacos to avoid getting sick of the same ones every day of the week.

Aside from tacos, other good lunch meals to cook in bulk include pizzas, stir fry meals, burritos, and pasta dishes.

Cook with the staple foods

You can save a huge amount of money at the grocery store by planning out meals that involve staples like rice, beans, pasta, and frozen vegetables. When bought in larger portions, you’ll save at the register but won’t sacrifice nutritional content because these food staples are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients.

Omit the meat on occasion

We eat a lot of animal products in America. The beef industry alone leaves a larger carbon footprint on the environment that the auto industry! Is your family the type that has some form of meat with every meal of the week? If so, you’re probably spending a lot more at the grocery store than need be. Vegetarian and vegan meal options are usually cheaper and just as healthy (if not healthier) than meals that have meat. If you’re worried about not feeling full from a vegetarian meal, try making recipes with hearty ingredients and plant-based proteins (beans, nuts, grains, etc.). A good example would be a burrito packed with rice, beans, and grilled vegetables.

Plan before you shop

Many people have a hard time saving money at the grocery sure because they’re just not sure what to cook. They arrive at the store with only a vague idea of what they want to eat and then fill their cart with all the possibilities. Plan out a weekly menu of your meals and snacks for the week and only buy those items you’ll need for your recipes.

Invest in a good frugal cook book

There are thousands of cook books out there. Many expert chefs have realized that the average person is just looking for some good meals to try that won’t break their wallet. Some even boast cookbooks that will feed your family for just a couple dollars per person per meal.

Now that you know some good frugal eating tips it’s time to turn them into habits. Start with just one tip for now and add the others as you become more comfortable. Soon you’ll be saving money and finding new favorite foods at the same time.





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 5/1/2015

Grilled Corn With Cilantro Lime Butter Nothing tastes better than a perfectly cooked ear of corn garnished with salty butter at a summertime cookout ! Most families cannot wait for the corn on the cob season to start. The following recipe will add a little spice to an old time favorite. Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn still in their husk
  • 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lime
Preparation:
  • Soak the corn in a large bowl of water for about 20 minutes
  • Pre heat the grill to medium heat
  • Mix together the butter, lime zest, cilantro, salt and lime juice in a small bowl and set it aside until needed.
  • With the corn still in the husk, place it on the grill to cook for 12 minutes
  • Rotate the ears from side to side while cooking
  • Remove from the grill and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool slightly
  • Carefully remove husk from the corn
  • Serve warm brushed with the cilantro butter mixture that has already been prepared
ENJOY !    




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