Four Money-Saving Ideas for Delicious Dishes

Cooking delicious meals for you and your family takes more time – and money – than many realize. Not only do you have to spend time picking up the ingredients from the supermarket, but you also have to spend time in the kitchen bringing it to life. Such is the life of any home-maker!

While reducing the amount of time spent slaving away in the kitchen may not always be so easy, there are plenty of ways to reduce the amount spent on each meal. To all of you home chefs out there who are willing to roll up your sleeves and get creative, there are many unique ways to cook without breaking the bank.

Today, we’ll review four great ideas that can save you big money while still producing delectable dishes.

Go with the Casserole

One of the best ways to save money on cooking expenses is to find ways to create meals that can be enjoyed over and over again. Generally, cooking in bulk helps save money and can take a load off of you having to cook multiple meals each day.

One of the best examples is a casserole or hot-dish. Casseroles can be made from just about anything, meaning you already have many or all of the delicious ingredients you need in the kitchen. They also are the perfect item to cook when wanting to prepare something that’ll keep feeding the family for at least a couple of days.

There are literally thousands of casseroles and hot-dish recipes available online: check out this low-cost ham and egg casserole dish from pocketchangegourmet.com.

Use a Crock Pot

One of the easiest ways to simplify the cooking process while saving money is by using slow-cookers, pressure cookers and/or crock pots to prepare meals. With a crock pot, you can cook up virtually any dish imaginable.

Perfect for those who work full-time, a crock pot can be used to slowly cook meals to perfection while away from the house. Virtually any meat and vegetable combination can be used to cook healthy, inexpensive meals with minimal work.

One hot item on the market now is The Instant Pot, which uses a combination of slow-cooking and pressure cooking to generate crock pot-like results in a fraction of the time.

Replace Meat with Other Proteins

One of the most expensive ingredients in any meal is meat. Those who have transitioned fully to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle will tell you that preparing meals at home without meat significantly cut their grocery bills.

You don’t have to completely eliminate meat in order to enjoy savings, however. Protein is absolutely needed in a healthy meal, and you can find a variety of sources for it. From eggs and beans to peanut butter and various cheeses, focus on recipes that are filling but reduce or eliminate the amount of meat needed.

Buy in Bulk

It may seem like very broad advice, but shopping for groceries in bulk from one of many wholesale outlets or stores like Costco can help save huge sums when making delicious dishes. Whether you’re buying enough meat to last for one month or freezing huge blocks of cheese to use later, buying all of your basic ingredients in bulk can save as much as one-third of your total grocery bill.

Ultimately, saving money doesn’t mean ditching the delicious dishes you love. You can make a meal plan work on virtually any budget – as long as you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease. Whether it’s buying in bulk, using slow cookers, replacing meat with other proteins or cooking big dishes that use affordable ingredients, put these tips to work for you and start saving today!

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