My pantry at home is always well-stocked. (Actually most people would probably call it overstocked.) I don’t feel right if my cupboards are bare. And once I started working on our new book, EatingWell on a Budget, I realized that my pantry-stocking obsession also had the benefit of helping me save money: when I have key ingredients on hand to make dinner, I’m much less likely to call for delivery or go out. (Plus cooking at home is almost always cheaper than going out.)
Here are eight of my favorite ingredients to keep on hand that help stretch my food dollars further.
Cost: about 44¢ apiece
Russet potatoes, which are a good source of...
When I started doing research for our latest book, EatingWell on a Budget, I was blown away by the stats I came across. The one that sums it all up for me: a third of adults and 16 percent of children in the U.S. are obese and the highest obesity rates are associated with the lowest incomes and education levels, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adam Drewnowski, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, says, “Simply put, fats and sweets cost less, whereas many healthier foods cost more.” For many Americans, cooking healthy food on a budget seems impossible.
But it doesn’t need to be that way. A couple years ago we started costing out EatingWell recipes and we found that if you cook at home, with basic, all-...read full post »
I swim a couple mornings a week and recently I’ve had to share a lane at the gym pool (which almost never happens). I asked one of the other regular swimmers next to me why it was so crowded. Swimsuit season. (Click here for our easy, 4-week weight-loss meal plan to slim down in time for summer.)
Just like those resolutions in January, the anticipation of going out in public in a bathing suit is enough to get many of us flocking to the gym to drop pounds.
If you’re trying to get “beach-ready” putting in extra time at the gym is great, but it also makes sense to watch what you eat. As the food editor at EatingWell Magazine and the author of our delicious diet book...read full post »
I’ve been cooking dinners from our new book EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners five nights a week for a few weeks now as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner challenge. I’ve also talked with people about the book a lot, and one of the questions that keeps coming up is about cost. People wonder (or perhaps assume) that if you’re going to cook these great dinners every night it’s going to cost a lot of money.
I’m not sure why people think it’s going to be expensive...because in fact many of the recipes in the book cost less than $3 a serving. Plus one of the keys to losing weight can also help you...read full post »
For the past few weeks I’ve been challenging myself to eat 500-calorie dinners 5 nights a week from our new book EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. I have a small confession to make: I haven’t been sticking to the menus...exactly. I have been keeping my dinners to 500 calories, but I’ve also been making a few substitutions here and there. Check out my menu for this week here.
I keep swapping in one thing over and over. No, it’s not wine. And it’s not ice cream. It’s one of my secret weapons for making this diet work for me. It’s ...read full post »