Lately, I’m into making meals with foods I already have at home; rather than running out to the store out of habit every week. I rummage thru the whole kitchen, pantry, freezer, and the refrigerator and there are usually unused foods that can be turned into healthy, easy, and delicious meals. This saves money, time, and energy I could spend on having fun over the weekend, not to mention it creates more kitchen space. Imagine that!

Studies show most Americans have more food than they need stacked and stuffed in their kitchen. I know this first hand. As a nutritional consultant, I go to client’s homes and there’s never been one that wasn’t packed with food; some predating the dinosaurs. The answer is not bigger kitchen but using foods we already have. That’s the smart way.
I’m sure your refrigerator, pantry, and counter top have edible foods right now. So, this weekend, use what you already have in your home to make simple and healthy meals. Look in the top and back of your whole kitchen, and you’ll find foods begging to be eaten. Here are some meal ideas without a recipe to get you started:

Soup: Put a bunch of veggies (fresh and/or frozen) hanging around in your refrigerator along with some veggie or mushroom broth or water, and good amount of salt and pepper, and herbs (if you have any, fresh or dry), minced garlic, and you have soup! If you have canned beans or short pasta, throw that in too. It’s hearty and delicious and it feels great to get rid of old foods in the kitchen.

Roast: Chop up some veggies with onions, garlic and toss with organic olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or whatever vinegar you have, sprinkle some coconut or organic sugar, salt and pepper and into the oven 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or stir fry the veggies with some olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil, and voila! you have a delicious meal without spending a cent. Throw in some shrimp and noodles or pasta and it become chow mein, or serve it over rice, preferably brown and/or quinoa, farrow, etc.

Desserts: Don’t need elaborate desserts at home. Puree some bananas and put into the freezer and you have banana ice cream. Puree some melons, berries, or watermelon or a combo with some lime/lemon juice (optional) and turn it into popsicles. In place of molds, I use my mini or regular muffin tins and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Don’t even need popsicle sticks. Why go out and buy things you won’t use much? Waste of money and kitchen space. I just use old take out chopsticks I cut in half or insert dessert forks. Again, there are already things in your house you can use over and over and save money and time.

Use your imagination, the stove, the oven, the blender, the food processor, etc., with foods you already have. Best part –  It feels wonderful to clean up the kitchen and have space everywhere. It’s like losing weight! And, you can spend the money you save on fun things or eating out at your favorite eatery with your family and friends. It’s a win win!



Happy weekend y’all!

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