I am challenging myself to cut costs in my food budget and welcome you to join me in the challenge. I’m personally on a mission to read more labels and discern ingredients in things I choose to eat. And the one ingredient I choose not to eat any more is High Fructose Corn Syrup. Big food companies and corn producers continue to insist there’s no difference between High Fructose Corn Syrup and sugar.
My challenge to you is to do your own research into this product, read labels and I’m sure you will be as shocked as I am, and have been, to see what all they pump this product into. Have a look at lunch meat, frozen meats (hamburgers, chicken, etc.), crackers, almost any and all processed and packaged foods.
Reduced Time & Costs
What’s a consumer to do? What in the world will we eat? Most people seem to think it takes too much time to cook meals from scratch so one can know exactly what is used for ingredients. A great base for many meals is stock made from bones. Using the carcass of a chicken you’ve cooked, whether roasted, stewed or even the carcass of a deli-prepared chicken and adding some onions, carrots, celery and a few spices, you can cook up a nutritious broth unattended.
You can also use beef or pork bones with the same results. This broth can be used as the liquid to make soup or cook pasta, rice, and potatoes both for flavour and nutrition. If you are interested in learning about the steps for making the most nutritious broth you can, contact me and I will give you step-by-step directions.
Quicker Than Drive-Through
Many meals can be made with only five ingredients and cook as quickly as the time it takes to drive through a drive-through. Peruse the grocery ads and find chicken on sale and stock up as much as you can. Another great way to save on meat is to purchase beef that is close to the expiration date and reduced as much as 50%. If you use this immediately or put it in the freezer, it will provide you meat for several dinners. You can make easy stir-fry with any of these meats by adding fresh or frozen vegetables, a little onion and your choice of liquids, whether you favour soy sauce, stir-fry sauce or even water.
Keep your salads healthier by avoiding prepared salad dressings and making your own. A very tasty and cheap salad dressing is mixing two parts extra virgin olive oil and one part apple cider vinegar. You can add Dijon or honey mustard, spices of your choice or a splash of honey to sweeten to your liking.
I project that I can reduce my grocery costs by 25-35% by not buying products with High Fructose Corn Syrup in them. I also know that I will come out healthier in the end by eating better. Have you started reading labels or are you reading them more closely? I’d love to hear from you with your thoughts.