In the hubbub of daily life, it seems like there is always something or someone pulling on you, demanding your attention and keeping you occupied. Whether it’s your toddler, husband, house or work or a combination thereof, it’s always something! Keeping everyone fed and happy can be a huge challenge too, especially when you have grocery store flyers tempting you with sales, coupons adding to that fire and television commercials adding their two cents to this overabundant information overload. How do you know what to buy and what not to buy?
Obviously you need a plan, but you also need a general sense of direction. We’ve talked a lot about reading labels and being vigilant with our own nutrition and that of our family’s. The bottom line is by keeping food simple and identifiable, you have more options than you would with say boxed convenience foods or any frozen entr?e. There is only one way to eat that kind of food and the cost and ingredients are both too much!
Let’s take a look at what you can do with a whole chicken for example. You can cut it up, bake it, saute it, marinate it and grill it. You can leave it whole and roast it with a whole bevy of different seasonings and flavors. You can have it for dinner one night, leftovers for lunch the next day and then make soup out of the carcass. The point is, that’s one flexible chicken! You wouldn’t get those same options with something you just heat and eat.
Broccoli is another example. It can be a salad, side dish of many different forms and makes great soups, also in many different forms and flavors. Broccoli too, is a flexible food.
Dollars are not flexible, but the kind of foods I am talking about, are. You get more bang for your buck when you buy stuff that is easily identifiable, flexible and thrifty.
Keep this in mind this week when you’re making your grocery list. Let’s all K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie) our perfectionistic traits of making the “perfect” menus goodbye! Keep It Simple Sweetie and watch how readily your meals will come together!
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva
Saving Your Dinner since 2001