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How Much Can You Save by Eating at Home?

Mar
19

In the latest articles, I shared with you some methods of making a favorite food healthier, to make possible enjoying such foods completely guilt free. In today’s post, I would like to talk about an issue that many people are facing today: spending too much money on eating out. By choosing to eat at home, you can end up with plenty of money in your pocket, but the question is: how much can you really save by eating at home?snacks

When I thought about saving money by eating at home, the first thing I did was to write down everything I bought as food and drinks when outside the home. And I am talking about everything. You would be surprised to see how much money you can end up spending on snacks and diet cokes alone. While they may not seem like real food – which they aren’t – they still go inside your belly, and they still cost you money, and added up, you can easily see that you can spend quite a lot of money on trifle things like this.

fruits-vegetablesAnother thing I did was starting to go shopping for groceries on scheduled days. And, when I do that, I try to get in bulk as much as possible. Fruits and veggies are available in both fresh and canned format, and if you get enough ingredients for fill your pantry and your refrigerator for an entire week, you will notice that you will spend less money every day.

Here is another tip I have adopted and I am sticking to, in order to save money by cooking at home: I have a scheduled menu for the entire week. Although this may sound a bit too boring and too predictable, the truth is that I save a lot of time by knowing exactly what to cook and how to cook. Secondly, I cook food for 2 or 3 days so that I do not have to spend a lot of time cooking every day.

So, you may still wonder how much money can be saved by eating at home? According to my calculations, in a year, the savings amount can range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars. As anything in life, eating out is more of a habit than anything else, and you can drop it, as you would any bad habit that you know it is wrong and bad for your health and for your finances.

I hope this post motivates you to start cooking at home and saving money on the long run.

Can your favorite dish be healthy?

Mar
07

Oftentimes, enjoying my favorite food just won’t be possible if I am to stick to healthy eating habits. With quesadilla being my all-time favorite food, my resolution to observe healthy eating this year may need to be shelved for the nth time. Thankfully, I found this healthy quesadilla recipe that uses unique ingredients supplemented with healthy and light substitutes so I won’t have to sacrifice on the intense flavors I really love. Quick and easy to follow, this awesome Spicy Chicken Quesadilla recipe provides me that spicy Mexican-inspired flavor to make it a convenient go-to dinner time meal I can make in no time. I can even just forego the pickled jalapeno peppers to make a kid-friendly treat!quesadilla

Oh, and of course, this recipe won’t be prepared the best way without a good quesadilla maker, which I was lucky to track down thanks to the valuable information I found on this cool site.

Like I said, the ingredients are healthy. I start with a cup of chopped boneless and skinless rotisserie chicken breast. quesadilla2I combine that with ¼ cup of unsalted canned black beans that I first rinse and drain before this step. I add ⅓ cup refrigerated fresh salsa to the first two ingredients. Salsa is chock full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, which is great for gum disease. I add ¼ cup of frozen kernel corn that I thaw beforehand and add this to the other ingredients. The last ingredient to go into the mixture is 1.5 tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapenos, which, as I said earlier, can be left out if you are serving this healthy quesadilla to your kids. I make sure all the ingredients are incorporated thoroughly into one another. I make it a point to use a medium bowl so there’s enough space to do all the mixing.quesadilla 3

I then divide the chicken mixture into even-sized tortillas, making about four quesadillas in all. I recommend using eight 6-inch flour tortillas for this recipe. I sprinkle cheese evenly on each quesadilla and then top with the four other tortillas. You can always use a large skillet over medium-high heat, but I have found that a premium quality quesadilla maker provides the best results. I cook the quesadillas one by one, and the quesadilla maker I use has always been able to deliver that delightfully golden brown color and fantastic texture I want in an authentic Mexican-style quesadilla. For a more intense flavor, I serve the spicy chicken quesadillas with 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream.

There you have it! A terrific Mexican style quesadilla that won’t add in the pounds but is tops on the flavor meter!