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Cooking On A Budget

What is this article all about? Well, not all of us are lucky enough to be able to go to all the high class supermarkets and buy all the expensive products. But are they really nutritious? are they really good value for money? Could you feed your family for half the cost of someone using the likes of Asda or Sainsbury’s? Let’s find out shall we.

Cooking on a budget is very important to many families in today’s economic climate. Statistics show that the biggest part of the family budget goes to buying food – but that does not prevent you from buying good nutritious, healthy food for the family. ‘Cheap meals’ does not mean unhealthy meals. Fresh fruit and vegetables are not expensive and some can be totally free simply by growing them yourself. You don’t even need a garden or allotment to grow your vegetables, or herbs. We will show you how later in the article.

You can make a lot of things from scratch and in bulk and either freeze it or bottle it for future use. A few simple techniques like shopping in the markets just before closing time – especially on a Saturday, brings exceptionally good deals. The stall-holders don’t want to be stuck with fruit and veg that will not be fresh on Monday morning. So what do they do – they sell it off cheap to get rid of it. Try it out for yourself. Visit the market an hour before closing time and see for yourself. A few bags of cheap fruit and veg can feed your family one way or another for weeks – if you use it correctly.

Budget cooking or cooking on a budget can be so easy. Budget cooking is not a science. A few Bags of vegetables and a bag of dried beans and pulses – barley, dried peas, lentils provide all and body and additional nutrition to those vitamins & nutrients already present in the fresh vegetables, providing a healthy and filling meal for all the family. You can freeze what you don’t use in plastic bags and this provides additional meals at a later date. We will give you all the recipes you will need for all types of nutritious, healthy soups using vegetables and pulses – without the additives and E numbers to provide the taste and flavour that have been lost during processing. Budget cooking is not difficult. It just needs a bit of thought and forward planning.

Tomato Soup is great example of how to use up a few ripe tomatoes, an onion and a handful of herbs and spices. all the recipes for this and other vegetable based soups are available to you simply by clicking on the links to these recipe pages. Always remember, budget recipes are not cheap recipes – they are recipes based on good quality but cheap ingredients. There is nothing cheap about the quality or nutritional value of the resulting product.

Salads In summer, we all love salads. They are naturally healthy because of the vegetables used, but you can easily turn a salad into a filling and healthy meal by simply adding pasta, meat or seafood. We will show you how.

Desserts There are dozens of gorgeous desserts that can be made for next to nothing. Don’t throw away your old bread – turn it into a bread and butter pudding by simply adding milk and egg and maybe a handful of sultanas or dried apricots.. It’s so easy.

Main Courses You don’t have to invest in a Roast of beef or loin of pork to give the family meat for dinner. Use minced beef or minced pork. There are hundreds of recipes for using mincemeat. Use cheaper cuts of beef and cook it long and slow to tenderize it. You can do so much without breaking the bank to get meat onto the table

If you want to know more, or need recipes for cooking cheap and easy (but healthy and nourishing) meals, visit us at Bill and Sheila Cookbook. We will also show you how to grow your own veg in the back yard. We have been having gorgeous new potatoes with our Christmas Dinner for the past 8 years. All you do is put a handful of old potatoes in a bucket in September. Cover them with peat and water them. As the green shoots appear, cover them with more peat until the bucket is full. By Christmas day you will have a bucketful of fresh wonderfully tasting new potatoes – so easy and FREE. You would probably have thrown away those old green spouting potatoes lying in the bottom of the pantry in August.

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Cooking on a Budget

Cooking can be such a daunting task for any one whose heart isn’t set to it. They are saying that there are folk who aren’t born for the art of cooking but just for the art of tasting. However, there are certain eventualities in life that would leave you with no choice. If you’re a student and staying remotely from your house, doing your own meal planning and food budgeting for the first time, then the following pointers might provide advantage to you in making cooking a delightful experience as precise as a cooking laser thermometer.

Correctly balance both your diet and money. Avoid being tempted to buy things that you don’t actually eat just because they’re on bargain. The freezer is useful for stocking and saving meals or part meals that you get in bulk. Fresh food guarantees you more value, so go visit the flea market or local greengrocer or butcher instead of the supermarket.

Carbohydrates are energy foods and will keep you feeling satisfied for much longer as the day progresses, thus making you avoid between snacks or junks. Great sources for your protein needs are baked beans, fish, chicken and eggs, so get a load of them. Pulses are great possibilities for vegans or people who are not fond of eating meat. Milk is widely called the best source of protein as well, so even a glass a day guarantees a healthy day for you. Of course fruit and vegetables form part of a well-balanced diet, so five portions a day will do it.

A rule of cleanliness is to bathe up after eating. It might be that bombsite kitchen is present in each student home, but it is unhygienic and will be source of unwanted pathogen and bacteria. Make an improvised book stand to swiftly have your recipe while cooking. Although you can get a lot online recipes, it’s a bit of a hassle to go to and fro your personal computer simply to follow the recipes!

Cookwares are your tools in cooking, so be sure to use the suitable size pan or pot to suit your menu. If you are a first time cook, why not exploit a starter pack to help you get moving in the kitchen? The least spoken tool is the laser thermometer.

Cooking is great fun if you know how to run the kitchen smartly. Just begin with simple recipes for pasta and rice dishes, and you will be revved up enjoying your every meal preparation. Cooking can be an art, so go ahead and eat your own way to a healthy healthy diet and give your buddies as well the loudest belch they can come up with after eating your personally prepared meals!

Kelly has been writing for many years. Come visit her newest site over at http://laserthermometer.org/ which helps people who love cooking find a great laser thermometer and information they are looking for when doing temperature gauging.

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