Today we’d like to talk about food! How do you think about weekly planning and menus? Do you check out the stores weekly discounts before choosing dishes, or do you buy whatever tempts you when at the store? If you're in the latter category or if you're feeling a little uninspired when it comes to food, this post is perfect for you!
Firstly: you save money by planning in advance. It takes a little time but it’s worth it. When you plan, try to make sure that you "eat the rainbow", i.e. get many different colors into your meals and thus ensure that your diet is both varied and nutritious. It’s absolutely too hard to get all the colors in every day, but reasonably doable spread over the entire week.
A good formula to follow is two main dishes, two quick dishes. Make a big batch of one of the "main dishes" on Sunday night and another one some other night of the week, then plan for a couple of quick dishes too. That way, you have many portions of food but you don't have to eat the same food every day. Such a week’s menu might look like this:
- Main course 1: Potato salad with broccoli, beans or lentils, lettuce or herbs and dressing of some kind (like honey and Dijon mustard or squeezed lemon)
- Main course 2: Carrot soup topped with something like quiona and feta cheese.
- Quick dish 1: Pasta with grilled pepper+white bean creamy sauce topped with roasted sunflower seeds.
- Quick dish 2: Omelet
Start a list where you write down dishes you like that make good food boxes or are easy to cook.
We wrote omelette as a tip for a quick dish up here, but even a couple of sandwiches with eggs or some kind of spread can be a really nice dinner. Good food doesn't have to be super sophisticated. And speaking of sandwiches: bread is easy to make yourself and costs A LOT less per loaf compared to store-bought bread.
There you go, hope we could inspire you a little. Food is fun!