Hey guys! Long time no chat. Life has been a bit crazy and hectic with spring break, now soccer is starting. So I needed to get this out to you to help with crazy life styles like ours. Hope you find something useful and share the blog with someone else on social media!
I make a meal replacement shake everyday, typically in the morning but sometimes lunch or dinner. In that shake I add 4-6 medium size frozen strawberries. Well if you look in the freezer section a bag of frozen berries is like $5. What I do is when they are running strawberries on special like 2/$4 or 3/$5 I grab as many as I can and take them home rinse, cut the stems and sometimes cut in half and place in a gallon freezer bag. This saves so much money and you control that there is no preservatives in that frozen bag. I do the same thing with blueberries as our puppy loves these as a treat.
Do you have bananas on your counter going bad? Peel them and cut in half throw them in the freezer too. Now you didn’t throw away the banana to go buy new and you still can use in your shakes!
Now for the GREENS!!! I typically from time to time will buy spinach and kale to throw in to the shakes but not all the time. Since greens go bad fairly quickly and I love a cold not watered down shake (no ice added for me) here is something that will save the Greens. Take the greens and put in your blender with a little bit of water. Blend up as you would a shake consistency. Now pour the mixture into a muffin pan filling it up half way. Freeze and when solid pop out the hockey puck of greens from the muffin tray and into a freezer bag. Now you have frozen greens when you want them for your shakes!
Another tip I do almost weekly is with meats. You know if you go early in the morning they are marking meats down. Grab the ground beef, turkey, chicken whatever you like and take it home, brown it up you can even season it for specific things like spaghetti, Sloppy joes, Mexican dishes etc. Label your freezer bag with the name of what the meat will be used for – Tacos or Spaghetti. Then divide up and let it cool with the bag open. Once cooled completely then close it up with no air and lay flat for best storage in your freezer. Chicken cut in cubes is also great and quick to cook up in a hurry. Finding whole chickens on sale is a bonus too cause I boil it up and shred it and place in baggies for quesadilla’s or for the puppy, yes she is spolied! Now when you get home after work, or sports and forgot to pull something out you can pop this in the microwave to defrost while kids are doing homework or showers and dinner on the table in under 30 mins.
Green, red, or yellow peppers along with onion they run these on special all the time in the grocery. Buy them up and cut into slices like for stir fry dishes then place in baggies per dish. So you grab one bag throw it with some meat and make some rice and BAM dinner is served You can also add meat and a marinade to this bag and its all in one bag when you are ready to cook.
hope these tips helped you and as I come up with more I will share. But I would love for you to share with me one of your money/time saving tips with food below!
Have a great day!