Guest Post: Save More Green When Cooking on a Budget

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healthyfoodA lot of debate happens around the cost of eating green versus the cost of eating processed food.

It’s true that if you don’t know what you are doing in the kitchen, you can spend a lot of unnecessary money on items that you end up wasting.

Unfortunately, sometimes it seems that an entire generation of young people has in fact missed out on the cooking instruction that was de rigueur in times past.

As dinner turned into microwave meals and take-out food, fewer mothers took the time to teach daughters how to cook because they weren’t doing it themselves.

It’s easy to cook wholesome, homemade foods and even save money while you’re doing it, with a little training.

As the article, “Cooking on a budget doesn’t have to be boring” looks at there are some examples of homemade dishes that are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and delightful on the tongue.

Among them:

Homemade Vegetable Broth

Any time you are cutting up vegetables in the kitchen, save the scraps.

Set aside the end pieces, onion skins, and the all the parts you would normally throw away.

Get a large plastic freezer bag and put all the vegetable scraps into it each time you cook. When the baggy is full, take it out of the freezer and make homemade vegetable broth.

Get out a big soup pot and fill it with filtered water. Dump all your vegetable scraps into it, and bring to the boil.

After it reaches a rolling boil, turn the heat down to simmer, and let it simmer away for 30 minutes to an hour.

Take out a large bowl and place a colander on top of it.

Pour out your stock pot water and vegetable scraps so the water goes in the bowl and the scraps stay in the colander. (Use the scraps to add to a compost pile if you have one. Otherwise; discard.)

You now have a big batch of homemade vegetable broth that is chock full of vitamins and minerals. Store it inside a sealed Mason jar.

You can freeze some for later and use some now. Vegetable broth can be drunk on its own or used as a base for soup and stew.

Salad Wraps

Salad wraps are like burritos, but instead of fatty meat and cheese, you are going to fill it with salad. Make or buy large flour tortillas.

On Sunday night, mix up a giant salad using any kind of lettuce you like, and all the freshest vegetables you enjoy.

Each morning of your workweek, lay out a tortilla and spoon in a giant helping of the salad right down the middle of the tortilla. Roll it up tightly and wrap it inside of aluminum foil for an inexpensive, healthy and green lunch on the go.

As you can see, making homemade, green meals for yourself and your family is a lot easier than you might think.

Just these simple recipes will hopefully change the way you feel about eating healthy, not to mention provide less waste that will ultimately go in landfills.

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About the Author: Kate Supino is an avid cook who enjoys sharing her kitchen skills with others.

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