A few months ago, I became the owner of a new InstaPot. My husband has been an enthusiastic user, trying out lots of different recipes. I have to admit that it’s been fun for me to learn how to use it too. I’ve been learning to cook better over the past few years (does the InstaPot count?) as well as cutting back on my food spending and food waste. Time will tell if the InstaPot helps me do more of those things. But in celebration of more home cooking, I decided to put together a roundup of 101 tasty budget-friendly meals that you’ll actually want to eat.
A few years ago, you wouldn't have believed how bad I was at cooking. I didn't even know how to sauté onions! Not only that, I wasn't really interested in learning how to either. It's not that I don't like eating (I do!), but the process of cooking didn't appeal to me. I could just go to the store or a restaurant to buy whatever food I wanted when I wanted it, right?
It’s Wednesday afternoon. You’ve already eaten your leftovers from last weekend, so you have to cook tonight. You still have a lot to get done at work before you head to the grocery store and try to put something together for dinner. Thinking about how much time it takes to shop, prepare a meal, eat, and wash dishes, you see yourself running around for another few hours. You might not relax until 8 pm at the earliest.
A few months ago, I had a carton of eggs sitting in the refrigerator for several weeks. Eggs are one of those strange things that I will love and gorge on for a while, then suddenly dislike and won’t touch for weeks or months at a time. Sometimes I’ll have gotten halfway through a carton of eggs and just can’t bring myself eat the other half. Do you ever feel that way about food?
As a frugal living and personal finance blogger, I love spending and saving wisely. It’s not just about dollars and cents. I don’t like to waste utilities, household items, or really anything if I can help it. The one area in which I flop on this is food, which is why I started keeping track of the items in my kitchen.
Earlier I posted about learning how to start cooking. Now I want to follow-up with another cooking-related post sharing my experience using a meal kit delivery service and helping you decide if it’s right for you. Meal kit delivery is a booming business right now.
Have you ever looked a picture of a delicious edible and wanted to make it, only to give up after reading its ingredient list? Or shown up to a potluck with some store-bought chips and dip, only to wish you could have brought the handmade entree sitting spotlight on the communal table? I used to be that person who gave up on recipes and brought sides to potlucks but not anymore.