Right, so I've come up with a new snack that I think is excellent.
1 cup spanish rice
1 finely chopped bell pepper (yea, it is a pain to do)
1/2 ish cup of finely chopped carrots (by now you are real tired of chopping)
Basically make the rice, when it's almost done just add the bell pepper and carrots then let it finish.
Friends added some 99% lean ground beef they had made earlier, to the mixture.
Then I just store it. Later you can put some in a bowl and microwave it for a quick snack. Add -50% sugar and salt ketchup as a great addition (especially if ground beef is in it).
Because the ingredients used this actually takes up a lot of volume so its quite filling and uses a large storage container in the fridge.
Over the past month I have changed what I eat. I have not changed the products so much, I've mostly changed the vendors I buy from. This leads me to my new favorite: Siggis Skyr (marketed and sold as a yogurt) Raspberry. With 120 calories, 16g of protein and 11g of sugar this is a great snack. Paired with a low sugar organic granola and you are set. A big part of what attracted me to Siggis was their choice of ingredients. Their list of ingredients is small, and the sources are clean.
Another change has been in the eggs I buy! I found a brand called FamHouse Eggs who has organic eggs with cage free birds who are guaranteed 108 sq/ft each and the facility is powered by solar. So that one is a win all the way around.
Links to both in order of appearance:
In this article I want to disclose some of my favorite dinner recipies from 2016.
In 1st place: Baked Chicken with Artichoke
This simple dish only has 3 primary ingredients (chicken, tomatoes, artichoke) and can be prepared in 1 dish making it ideal for bachelors on a budget.
In 2nd place: Slow Cooker Taco Chicken
Another throw together meal. It will cover your nutritional bases with black beans, chicken, corn, salasa, add brown rice at the end and you have a weeks worth of dinner burritos.
In 3rd place: Penne Pasta with Greens
Not as healthy as the first two, but if you make it with plenty of vegetables, whole grain pasta, and turkey sausage this one is a winner.
There you have it, my top 3 easy to make healthy dinners that go easy on your budget and waistline.
For detailed recipies and other delicious snacks, check out: https://www.budgetbytes.com
.No, you don't have to get all wild about it and clip coupons for hours. There are a few simple ways to save considerable money when shopping, I'll share the easy ones that I do.
1. Ally cash back credit card 2% off groceries
2. Redeem Ally rewards into Ally checking account for +10% bonus of reward amount
3. Digital coupons loaded on store rewards card
4. Grocery store rewards card to get money off gas
5. Reusable bags $0.10 off per bag I bring in and use
Then when getting gas: Rewards points, + 2% off gas, +10% bonus award
There you have it! By simply using the most advantageous pieces of plastic to pay for your groceries you can save money, and then turn around and save again at the gas pump. Nice.
Note: Your gas savings is NOT incentive to drive more. Simply makes it cheaper when you have to.
Well, I've been cooking at home for a couple weeks now and it's finally getting easier to plan meals. I've figured out that "mincing" garlic is far too much effort so I just use the powder. Also, cooking with cast iron is tricky in the beginning, but it seems to be getting better.
So where are the snacks? In my fridge! And it's so much cheaper than going to a restaurant.
This weekend I watched an interview with Roy Sebag and Josh Crumb, and Roy mentioned creating an archive of food prices. So now when I shop I've been keeping a .xml file of what I buy and it's cost, to track the increase of food prices over time. Once I have about 6 months of data I'll upload the results here for everyone to analyze.
Side note: Slow cookers are awesome. I got home from 4th of July festivities around midnight last night and could smell the chicken taco bowls from outside my door.
If you live alone like I do then you know all too well the temptation of going out to eat. It's easy, and gives you a chance to get out of the house. However, going out to eat comes at a high cost, one that you can certainly do without. Don't get me wrong, I still go out to lunch once a week, and usually one night on the weekends, but that's a lot less than before.
We grew up in a time where our parents worked, usually a lot. This left little time for them to teach us time consuming skills like cooking. As such, when I moved I had limited knowledge about cooking for myself. This was a contributing factor to eating out often.
After about a year of eating out three meals a day, I realized what a colossal amount of money it was costing. That's when I decided to do the millennial thing, and Google it. After some searching around I came across BudgetBytes. The sites owner Beth Moncel is money conscious and articulate which makes this a great place to start.
Her site has a large collection of easy to make recipes accompanied by pictures and step-by-step instructions. She has already done the math for each recipe so you know about how much each one will cost you to make. Overall it's been a huge money saver, and it's fun to cook instead of simply sitting down somewhere to be served.
I've found that the easiest way to do this is to make all of your meals over the weekend. That way you can put them into individual storage containers and consume them throughout the week. This also ensures that your food at home is always more convenient than going out, which makes it easier when you've had a long day.