Posted at 9:28 am , on April 27, 2015
Preparation is the key to success. Why not apply that golden principle to grocery shopping?
Once you’ve mastered a few skills you will be able to greatly reduce your weekly grocery bill and still bring home healthy food in the process.
First, you must get a general sense of what items cost. I always try to look over the weekly flyers to get an idea of the baseline prices for each grocer. It also keeps me in tune with how prices are adjusting for seasonal changes. It might seem like common sense, but shop at the store with the best deals that week.
Also, some stores promote price matching and you are missing out if you are not taking advantage of this! You could fund a family vacation with the savings you recoup from price matching each week. It takes a little practice, but this extra step will save you a lot of money. I’m not ashamed to say I try to price match often. I’ve come up with a great system that works really well and keeps me organized. Perhaps I’ll detail it in another post!
Sadly, healthy food can be expensive and we need to be smart shoppers in order to feed nourishing food to ourselves and our families.
Here’s a great healthy soup my family loves and won’t cost you a lot to make!
Posted at 9:32 am , on March 31, 2015
When I think of comfort food my mind turns to chili. Chili is an incredibly versatile one pot dish. Pack in a thermos for a day trip, serve it to friends at a party or snuggle up and enjoy yourself while watching a movie. If you’re into sports, chili is right up there with nachos and pizza for essential game day eating. It feeds a large crowd for a reasonable price and provides excellent leftovers.
This chili is remarkably easy to make and can be cooked in a big batch. I think it’s perfectly balanced with just the right amount of spices, hearty chunks of meat, spiced tomato-y sauce and filling beans. If you’re looking for true Paleo version just forgo the beans and you’re set.
While it is sometimes considered a cold weather food, I enjoy chili year-round and you should to! It is one of my go-to meals for busy days because I can have a filling healthy meal that feeds my whole family (with leftovers) in about a half hour.
We are heading out with the kids today for skating lessons, followed by grocery shopping and then my husband’s soccer game. Can you guess what I’m throwing on to simplify dinner?
Hearty Chili Recipe
Posted at 8:17 am , on January 6, 2015
Premade hummus is an expensive item at the grocery store. Also, the containers they come in are too small and don’t provide nearly enough hummus to satiate my family’s hummus requirements. When my family wants hummus, they want LOTS of hummus!
I much prefer to make my own though and you should too. Making your own hummus is ridiculously easy and is also ten times better than those pre-made versions from the grocery store.
The hummus on store shelves will often contain preservatives, stabilizers, and oils that I’d much prefer to avoid. Homemade hummus contains real ingredients like organic olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic and tahini.
The best news? You can make this hummus in 4 steps! It’s super creamy and tastes just like the hummus sold at my favourite Lebanese restaurant. It also very cheap to make.. especially if you opt for dried chickpeas. Continue reading
Posted at 10:49 am , on December 5, 2014
Have you ever wondered what to do with that leftover cranberry sauce hanging around in your fridge? Perhaps it’s not the most common thing to ponder but it’s exactly what prompted me to make these babies.
Fluffy and soft with hidden bursts of cranberries and gooey ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ dark chocolate. These are a wonderful grain-free dessert option made with real whole food ingredients. Ladies and gentlemen – feel free to indulge!
As these muffins baked, the scent of cinnamon, cranberries and melting chocolate filled the air. Who needs pricey scented candles? Just bake a batch of these and let yourself be surrounded with their magical aromas!
These are grain free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so they make a great allergen friendly option.
Posted at 11:13 am , on December 2, 2014
Hi everyone! It feels great to be writing again after being out of commission for nearly a month with a vicious cold. I’m feeling much better now and fingers crossed, but I think I’ve finally turned the corner and I’m looking forward to getting active with the blog again.
In addition to being sick, I was also busy with finishing my remaining tasks for my cooking school. I’m happy to announce that I have completed the program and now have a professional cook certificate!
Last month, the Paleo Parents sent me a copy of their new cook book Real Life Paleo and I’ve finally had the chance to try out a few of the recipes and get some thoughts on the book written down. Continue reading