I wanted to take some time to discuss cooking and what you an do to make it easier on you. How to make it a little bit more of a “no brainer”
Whether you are cooking for 1, 2 or an entire brood it can be difficult and stressful just trying to come up with something so I wanted to share some of my ideas and habits with you.
For me, as I am on a budget, I can not go out all the time and just decided I want to make this or that and run to get what I need. So one of the most important things I can tell you (at least for me) is when ever I go to the store, I look at the meats. Sometimes the meat section has meats that are on sale. This is usually because the use or freeze by date is near. This doesn’t bother me. If I can find a good sized pack of meat that is going to cost me 50% or more less, I am on it! After all, it’s just going to go into my freezer anyway.
**I will not however purchase any meat that appears to have a lower price because the packaging was broken. I don’t want anything that has been exposed to who knows what**
After a while of doing this have had so much meat that I didn’t know what to do with it all! And to me, that is a great thing since we are talking about the most expensive part of a meal.
More importantly though is what to do with your meat once you have it. And believe it or not, your pantry ingredients, the same ones can be turned into so many varieties of foods and tastes. So for me I try to keep on hand the things that make my life easier and allow me to get my brain going. (My husbands favorite thing is when I want to cook and start thinking. I come up with some of our families favorite things this way)
So in my pantry here are some of the things that I always keep on hand….
Spices & Herbs etc:
salt pepper garlic powder onion powder chili powder chicken and beef bullion red pepper flakes lemon pepper chipotle powder Italian herb blend thyme dill oregano basil bay leaves sage canola oil olive oil white vinegar red wine vinegar apple cider vinegar
flour granulated sugar brown sugar powdered sugar cornstarch baking soda baking powder jasmine rice brown rice various pastas dried beans breads
various beans tomato sauce tomato puree tuna canned chicken black olives green beans peas beef broth chicken broth peanut butter jelly honey
butter eggs milk various cheeses soy sauce
I’m telling you. If you keep these on hand, your life in the kitchen will be much simpler. You will be set to throw something easy together and have the tools already on hand to go for something more extravagant.
Have a great day!!!
♥ D ♥
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