6 Ways to Cut Your Food Costs & Still Eat Healthy

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Holiday season is heating up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start on your New Year’s resolutions. Besides getting control of your finances, you probably want to eat healthier. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control, while obesity among school children is still too high. Not only is that an unhealthy way to live, it can put a strain on bank account. Here are six habits you can try to turn your lifestyle around.

1. Join a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture asks members to pay upfront, but once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of seasonal fruit and vegetables — direct from local farms — at a lower cost than grocery stores. You’d be amazed at how much fresher the produce tastes, too.

2. Get a Slow Cooker

Not only are they convenient — put ingredients in the pot in the morning, and dinner’s ready by the time you come home — they can easily save your family hundreds of dollars a year. As Trent Hamm writes in U.S. News and World Report Money, “it’s pretty easy to assemble a slow cooker meal for all of us for less than $2 per meal.” You can make cooking stock, batches of oatmeal and the list goes on and on. The key is making use of leftovers.

3. Repurpose Meats

Another way to make use of leftovers? Finding ways to repurpose them, over and over. Whether it’s making a turkey sandwich from a Thanksgiving-style feast or adding last night’s brisket to this morning’s quesadilla, you’ll begin to look at leftovers differently and think twice about going out.

4. Plan Ahead

Prepping dinner in the morning sounds like extra work, but it also means being less likely to run out to the store for any last-minute purchases or leave ingredients to rot in the fridge. You can make a list of what you need for next week’s meals, and potentially stop wasting groceries (plus the money you would have spent on them) for good.

5. Don’t Shop Hungry

The old advice still holds true: When you’re hungry, you end up buying more than you need. The rule applies to regular shopping as well, according to a study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Said Alison Jing Xu, assistant professor of marketing: People “may spend more money online or in a store if they’re hungry while they shop.”

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7 Ways to Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Hearty Meals – LEGAL APPROVED

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Many throw in the towel after maxing out during the Thanksgiving holiday and may not even want to look at food for the next few days. Others may live on leftovers for quite a while. What do your families do with their Thanksgiving leftovers?

Don’t let those casseroles and pieces of turkey go to waste in your pet’s food dish anymore. Let that inner chef shine through and really awe your family with these recipe ideas for the following week with a different type of cuisine for each night!

First, you’ll want to pack and freeze that meat and other leftovers for your later Martha Stewart use. If not, you’ll need to eat them within the next few days.

Le Francais? For the French Palette: CROQUE MONSIEUR

Yes, your leftover ham may be great for making Denver omelets for breakfast for the kids, but try switching it up with a Croque Monsieur! Found all over France in cafés & bistros everywhere, a Croque Monsieur is a glorified ham & cheese sandwich, as we know it in the states. Easy to prep and to make, it’s great for breakfast, for lunch, or for dinner! Don’t forget the egg on top in the am!

Italiano: TURKEY BOLOGNESE

Have the itch for Italian and craving those carbs? Ragu Bolognese in Italian is a meat-based sauce originated from Bologna, Italy. Usually made with ground meats varying from beef, veal, and pork, you can easily substitute the dish with leftover turkey.

Indian: TURKEY TIKKA MASALA

This is a spin on the Chicken Tikka Masala; however, the recipe substitutes the chicken with leftover turkey. If you have a taste for ethnic spices, this is the perfect dish for you and is also very easy to make.

Asian: TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS

Similar to the popular chicken lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s, this recipe from Pinterest calls for another substitution of chicken for turkey and can be prepared in just 20 minutes. You can make a meal out of it, or since it’s quite light, it can be prepared as an appetizer or a side dish along with your meal.

Mexican: TURKEY ENCHILADAS

The enchilada originated in Mexico, as the act of rolling tortillas around different foods is known to be dated back to Mayan times. You can make your enchilada stuffed with leftover turkey instead of beef or chicken. Don’t forget the mole sauce!

All American: TURKEY NOODLE SOUP

Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol chicken noodle soup simmered with various vegetables and noodles? Another comfort food, here is a great recipe substituting chicken for turkey to make for the family to keep the cold away for the holidays!

Old English: COTTAGE or SHEPHERD’S PIE

Is it the last day before your leftovers reach their expiration date? How about a hot cottage pie with the remaining leftovers? Originally known as cottage pie in the 1700s for the poor, it is also synonymous with the shepherd’s pie, created as a way to use up leftover roasted meats. The nice thing about a cottage, or better known as shepherd’s pie is, you can throw in any or all of the odd assorted remains from dinner to your liking to create the ultimate comfort food.

You don’t have to be a master chef to experiment in the kitchen with these recipe ideas. Enlighten your family’s palette with these 7 easy recipes from cuisines around the world, and skip the trip to the grocery store for at least another week following your Thanksgiving dinner!

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