One of the things that Oliver & I absolutely adore doing together is cooking. We love to plan out recipes, grocery shop, cook together, pair our meats with wines, and evaluate new meals for our collection of “married people” meals. Ever since the wedding (which I can proudly say we cooked quite a bit on our honeymoon), we have noticed a decline in our budget when it comes to groceries. This, of course, meant we had to start getting creative with our cooking adventures. Here’s a few tips that we have gathered (both during our time dating and marriage) when it comes to saving money in the kitchen.
Once upon a time, I’m sifting through a small market near our apartment in Brooklyn picking up a few last minute things for dinner, and I come across the isle that has cereal, oatmeal, granola, and all the other crunchy breakfast essentials one would need. Now I know NYC is expensive enough, but I couldn’t get over the fact that the cheapest granola on that shelf was $8.99. EIGHT NINETY-NINE. For not even two cups of granola! Plus to top it all off, the amount of sugar and other products that coat that granola makes me cringe. Determined, I came back to my apartment and decided to make a batch of granola from scratch.
A few days ago I came upon this brilliant article by The Every Girl titled “The Only Grocery Shopping List You’ll Ever Need,” I was amazed at how simple yet perfect their list was, and how quick that meal plan is to put together.
Wanting something like this myself, I decided to put together a small graphic for all of you on the fruits and vegetables to focus on in the spring, summer, winter, and fall. Save yourself the energy of having to decipher what is in-season and out-of-season by saving this on your phone, your desktop, your Pinterest, etc.
This past weekend, I really, really, wanted brunch. I’m a huge fan of brunch, because every brunch food you could ever think of fall under the category of “my favorite foods.” Yet, going to brunch would mean spending money, and the last thing I wanted to do was get in the cold and go spend money that I didn’t feel like spending in the first place. Hence the experimenting I did in the kitchen, and the creation of this delicious Turkey & Green Pepper Frittata.
Now a frittata is basically a crustless quiche. You could make any quiche dish without the crust, saving you money and the extra calories, and still get the same tasty results. So after a bit of research on how to make a crustless quiche, I decided to try one of my own. I think what made me fall in love with this recipe is the fact that I already owned all the ingredients! Talk about saving great money!
Another series that I’m excited to present to you this week is Debunked. Basically, I’m going to pick a few of my favorite items to buy (maybe food, clothes, house decor, etc) and see if I can try and create the same for a cheaper price. Although I love buying the things that I do, such as a Non-Fat Vanilla Latte before my night class, it’s a bit of a reality check when I compare the price to a homemade version.
So first for the series, as told, is a 12-ounce Non-Fat Vanilla Latte.