[ Part 5 (awai method program) “The Power of One Idea”
– Mock Blog Post (topic: thriftier home cooking) ]
In today’s fast-paced world, workers get to work on time and perform the best they can. This often means time management, for men, women, parents, and young adults. More efficient life habits mean more rest and a more productive life.
And when the bills come in and we pay them, what is there left? If there is close to nothing (or worse), then there are those reasons people more attentively pay attention to a stricter budget. We all attempt to minimize our costs or ‘extra’ spending. We think, “If I buy this thing, I will be a happier person.” It works well for many items, such as a new art set. One notion that people consider all the time, as we eat, is cooking vs. eating out and what to choose between the two.
It takes time to cook, and eating out may taste better or be less healthy. The time to cook at home is commonly minimized with more than one method. Of course, a frozen TV dinner, healthy or not, takes less time than the preparation of a more traditional meal, yet often costs about 110% more, depending, and may not have the same quality of meat or produce.
So, how can we find a go-between?
Homemade TV dinners.
[note – One thing to do is to live off what you already have as you ease these notions into your dietary habits.]
Bulk purchases are (almost always) less per amount of food. 3lb of meat may cost five dollars, when twelve might cost fourteen. The difference is there. Buy a larger amount of meat, vegetables, a starch, and a cheese. How a creamy sauce is prepared, gravy, cheese, etc., affects your goals with minimizing costs. You want your frozen dishes to be very tasty, even if they were re-heated.
[One dinner = a meat, a vegetable, a starch, optional gravy, sauce, or other ingredients.
Example = Plate of (powdered) mashed potatoes, handful of lettuce, stir-fried beef, brown gravy, cheddar.]
Cook these ‘bulk’ items in portions, as if you were going to feed eight people in a sitting, then seal and freeze the meals. (This is a ‘per person’ technique, and ‘can’ work for couples and even families). It costs less, and reheating a frozen meal becomes easy and time-efficient with practice. Variations and combinations are endless. Fish or beef or chicken for a meat; potatoes or noodles or toast (etc.) for starch; a head of lettuce, cans of green beans/corn/carrots for the vegetable, gravy or cheese sauce or other soup-like sauce to make it ‘tasty-est.’
It may cost depending on how many times you buy enough to make 6-12 dinners to freeze, yet before you eat all of one of your top three combinations, make those and one or two more. It sounds like a larger amount; in the long run (five-week time frame) it is much less. With at least four main kinds of frozen dinners, about five apiece, one can vary their diet, easily, and still ‘want’ to eat what they prepared. It is not hard to rival restaurant dishes. You can.
Fish, then beef, then chicken, then beef, chicken, then fish. The main ingredient being a meat, four or five frozen kinds of dinners can make for a new dish, even if one you’ve tried and liked before, every day. Your freezer may be full, yet you can rotate it. And, always remember that this is a bare necessity approach to better living, your efforts are void if you buy anything extra that you might not need or that may go bad. Though, so long as you eat it, it is not a total waste. With practice, this technique can become its most beneficial, reward-wise. You can retain a 1900+ calorie daily diet by eating one or two of these frozen dishes a day, and it will save you tons of money, especially over the course of a year. Know of an expensive plate in a restaurant? Cook eight of them and freeze them*. Your e-bill will look like a less ferocious monster. 😊
*For instance, a great alfredo chicken pasta plate, so huge it would be hard for one person to eat it, may run 17$ at a nice restaurant (it wouldn’t even include a vegetable). Three of those would total 51$. How much chicken pasta do you think you can cook for 50$? You could still spend 10% of your savings on frozen vegetables. 🙂