That’s 6,760 dinners!!
Typically, I make dinner Sunday – Thursday. If we don’t do anything Friday night, Jay and I will just eat leftovers. I might just have popcorn and red wine. Or perogies and red wine. Basically, anything and red wine. 😉
We almost always have something planned Saturday night and, if not, we’ll go out for a meal – even if it’s just to Chipotle.
Tonight, we’re invited to a friend’s annual soup party so I’ll actually cook something – soup or a dessert. But I won’t be cooking tomorrow night!
Anyway, the point is that cooking dinner the majority of the time saves a ton of money. I understand that not everyone is comfortable in the kitchen. (Cutting Home Ec out of the curriculum was a BAD idea.) But, if you want to save money, learning to cook is a necessity. If you’re a newbie, or intimidated by cooking, here’s a simple guideline to help calm your fears.
Dinner = protein + greens/veggies + starch
fish (salmon, tuna, trout, cod, halibut…)
seafood (shrimp, scallops…)
beans (kidney, pinto, black…)
cauliflower (I know it’s not green)
corn (a starch not a veggie)
You can simply cook up one of each category and you have a meal. You don’t even need to know how to follow a recipe. You can grill, pan fry, bake, or broil your protein. Pretty much the same goes for your veggie. It’s that simple.
Dinner = macaroni + cheese + salad
Dinner = chicken + corn + brocolli
Dinner = steak + asparagus + french bread
Once you’ve gained some competence and/or confidence, you can move on to actual recipes. Everything you need to know can be found on the internet. A simple lasagne has your protein (ground beef/cheese) and starch (lasagne noodles). Pair it with a salad and you’ve got dinner!
Make more than you need and you’ve got lunch the next day.