“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
~Jim Davis (Good Reads)
I’ve been saving glass jars for months now, & now I know why! I got an email today about Clean Eating Spinach Salad in Jars & it clicked why I need all those jars. (Actually I have used some for various purposes, fyi.) I’ve seen the idea before, but at the time I didn’t have jars & by the time I had jars I forgot about it. I also have some ideas for overnight oatmeal in jars pinned, which I’m going to try out now that I have half a pantry shelf full of empty jars.
For your own ideas, here are a couple of links to inspire you:
Given the tangent I went on behind this jump, I almost retitled this Trying to Eat Healthy When You’re Broke & Hate to Cook.
I’ve been trying to get more fruits & veggies into our diet, as well as protein. Low-carb eating is recommended for PCOS, & I saw a study recently saying low-carb, high-protein eating is good for Bipolar Disorder but can’t find it now. (Honestly, I’m beginning to feel like I imagined it.)
The food budget is limited, so it’s been a lot of ramen, rice, & toast. (We live near a bread store, so I can get a giant loaf of bread for $1! Plus, I mastered making toast in the oven which is so much better than from the toaster.) Thankfully I also enjoy eggs & beans, which are cheap protein sources. It does get boring though. Peanut butter is good too because it’s very versatile, fairly cheap, & shelf stable. Peanut butter, honey, & banana sandwiches on wheat bread! Flourless pb cookies! Peanut noodles! I tend to go frozen for veggies; cheaper & easier than fresh, & better for your body than canned (plus less mushy).
Typically the only meat I care to cook with is boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I hate food with bones in it. I have branched out though. I cooked drumsticks for the first time last night. OMG bones & skin & muscle & tendons & blood. It was fresh when I usually get frozen, & it was bloody. >_< I know, dead animals are bloody. My formative cooking years were college when lived with vegetarians, & even was one for a year (a bad one), so I didn’t have much exposure to cooking meat. However, I took advantage of the nearest grocery store’s Pick 5 for $19.99 meat dept special. Chicken-wise my options were drumsticks or thighs. When given my options for eating chicken with bones I always go for the legs.
I have also discovered the crockpot which has made cooking a lot more appealing because I don’t have to worry over the stove or something in the oven. I am forgetful, impatient, & easily distracted, all terrible qualities in a cook. If you hate to cook, or don’t have the ability to cook for some reason, & don’t want to live off fast food & convenience foods, I highly recommend getting one. You can get one for under $20. If you don’t have a kitchen, they don’t typically get too hot (some older models might) so you can have it on a table or desk. I recommend putting a towel under it, just in case, & to catch anything that might splash or drip when you are adding & removing foods or taking off the lid.
If anyone is interested, here is what I cooked last night:
And what am I making right now? This was my birthday cake & I wanted to try it again with a few changes. (I add mandarin orange slices, so it’s like health food.)