Easy Recipes with a Southern Soul –
Month after month you sit down, get all your bills out, look at your online statements, and realize, “Wow, we spent a fortune going out to eat!”. Not to mention, you feel tired (and bloated) from eating all of that restaurant food (I know from experience).
“That’s it!”, you decide from now on we are eating home cooked meals to try and save your budget (and waistline). You scour Pinterest for easy, healthy, and affordable home cooked meals, but after a while you feel intimidated from all the beautiful pictures and complicated ingredients. You try to get organized and meal plan, but you don’t know how to start. What ingredients do I buy?
It seems like all of these seasoned chefs come home after work and just magically have all the ingredients they need for every recipe! How do they do that? So you spend a small fortune at the grocery store thinking you will make all these wonderful meals this week …
Then Monday comes along, and you have your meal prep meal from Sunday to eat, and you feel so accomplished.
On Tuesday, you’re kind of sick of the meal prep meal, and your significant other (and children if you have them) don’t want to eat that meal again. So you look up the other recipes you planned for the week. Since you have the ingredients on hand you decide to whip up dinner real fast. Two hours later (the recipe said it would take 30 minutes!!) you serve dinner.
Wednesday, you’re tired from staying up late making dinner last night, but your determined to keep your promise to avoid the restaurants. Since apparently no one else in the house will eat leftovers (ugh!) your stuck making something new. You find an easy recipe (my go to is beans and rice). You get home and you are out of beans somehow! You look around and realize you are missing one ingredient from every recipe you were going to make! Pizza delivery it is …
By Thursday you feel ashamed because you ordered take out, so you make another trip to the store to pick up those ingredients you were missing. You try out a new recipe, and it turns out horrible. “That’s it!” you scream. Tomorrow we are eating out! And before you know it your eating out almost every night again and your budgets blown.
You look back the next week at your grocery bill and think, I almost spent as much on groceries as I did going out! So you feel justified.
How do I know all this? Because this was me (minus the kids). When I first started cooking I was horrible. I spent and wasted so much money on groceries. I had meltdowns, and it was hard. But the more experience I gained I learned little tricks along the way to make things easier. Suddenly I started to enjoy the process! Grocery shopping became fun, and if I accidentally left my list at home I wasn’t in a panic! Now I can whip things up even if I don’t have exactly all of the ingredients! Now we eat wholesome meals at home 6 days a week, and (as a bonus) we save a lot of money too! I am here to tell you it is possible! Trust me! And I will let in in on how to do it!