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Smart ways to cook on a budget

Cooking on a budget may be more important to families now than ever before. Despite the challenges that may come with the pandemic, there are many ways you can keep your family healthy without overspending. Here are some valuable strategies that you can incorporate into your weekly routine.

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Plan ahead

This ensures that you have the items you need for a healthy meal on hand. Review your pantry and freezer items and check out the sale flyers to help create your plan.

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Use what you have

This ensures that you have the items you need for a healthy meal on hand. Review your pantry and freezer items and check out the sale flyers to help create your plan.

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Use affordable ingredients 

Choose meals that include budget-friendly ingredients such as:

  • Dried beans, peas and lentils
  • Eggs
  • Frozen vegetables
  • High-protein grains such as quinoa, barley, wheat berries, bulger and farro
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Tofu and soy products such as edamame
  • Tuna
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Stick to your list

Avoid impulse purchases. A great way to do this is to order your groceries online and utilize the free pickup services. Pickup services can also help you to limit contact and reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Shop smart

Look for sales and buy foods that are in season. Purchase simple ingredients that can be used for multiple meals rather than more costly, already-prepared convenience foods.

Setting aside the time to plan meals in advance can save you money and can also save you time in your daily schedule. Using healthy recipe resources, you will feel confident that you are fueling up with well balanced, nourishing foods – resulting in peace of mind and increased health for you and your family.

For more valuable advice on staying well throughout the pandemic, and to stay connected to others, we encourage you to join the QuadMed Well-being Facebook group or subscribe to the QuadMed YouTube channel, where you can find exercise videos and more to keep you active, healthy and engaged.

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