I'm in college and ordered take out for most of the semester, so my New Years resolution is to eat as healthy as possible. Being cheap would be a bonus.
Any suggestions or links to point me in the right direction?
Most Helpful Guy
Alright, I've actually got a TON of experience in this.
Due to certain medical conditions, everything I eat is home cooked, and 90% of it is organic. It's actually a lot cheaper than when we could get bags of frozen food and prepackaged stuff. You end up going to the store more often, but if you do it right you can get away with only actually cooking a few times a week, rather than every day. So my diet consistes of mostly chicken, turkey, and beef for meat, and carrots, broccoli, leeks, and potatoes for vegetables. It's pretty limited, and obviously you can use way more than me, but even with what I can eat, we make a lot of different things. The trick is to cook in cycles so you don't throw out stuff. Make food that will give you leftovers for 4 days (about how long you should keep food in the fridge before tossing it). What we do is pick two or three things we want to eat that weeks and alternate. Like this week is burgers and fries, and breaded chicken with veggies and potato wedges. So we made enough of each for 4 days and for lunch and super we alternate. We also save everything to use later. The grease from the burgers is frozen for gravy later. The crust of the bread is frozen for breaded chicken later. Bones from turkey and chicken and saved for stew, or we use the broth to cook rice in for extra flavour. It really depends on how healthy you want to go. Like we are pretty extreme. Anything with preservatives or artificial colours, etc is a big NO.
But in the long run cooking organic and healthy is actually cheaper for us. And, it's made it really easy to keep my weight the same. Again, certain medical conditions limit my mobility. I haven't really been able to do much physical activity for 3 years. And I eat big portions for my size (I'm about 5'4), plus, I eat bread EVERYDAY. Like french toast is my breakfast every morning with a shit tone of syrup. Plus every week I eat breaded chicken, burgers (so I eat the buns too). So lots of carbs, but with an all natural diet and no sugar other than the syrup and some cane sugar in the bread and buns, my weight has stayed consistently at around 120.0
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Most Helpful Girl
Every Sunday I do meal prep for the week, I'll make lunch and dinner for mon/tue/wed and box up thurs and Friday and freeze it. I choose three meals and buy in bulk then we can choose on that day what to eat.
I only freeze certain meals as others don't do as well.
Bulk foods like lasagne, curries, satay chicken, savoury mince freeze well and can be stretched further with grated vegetables in the sauces.
Grilled meat with sweet potato mash and steamed greens will last a few days in the fridge and reheat well0