How to cook like a Chef without breaking the bank

How to cook like a Chef without breaking the bank

Eating out brings certain benefits; someone else prepares the food for you and there are no greasy dishes for you to deal with. But, there are also some drawbacks; eating out is often expensive and not all that healthy. It is always a better option to prepare your meals at home, and there are ways to make your cooking both cost-efficient and healthier. With a little planning and several simple techniques, you will have a chance to cook like a chef, preparing cheap and healthy meals with ease.

Do Some Planning



    You can easily sabotage yourself if you do not plan ahead, but don’t be afraid, planning meals for the whole week does not involve long shopping lists and complex spreadsheets. Try cooking homemade meals a couple of days a week and then plan to repurpose the leftovers into new meals, like reforming a leftover salmon into a salmon cake. If you are purchasing ingredients like herbs, consider how you can add them into other dishes during the week, so that you can eat them all before they go bad.

    If you want to extend the life of your herbs you can wrap them in a paper towel or put them in a jar of water in the fridge. When you are going grocery shopping, divide your list into three categories, where you will list fruits and vegetables on the left side, rice and pastas in the middle and foods from the freezer section on the right. This way you will easily circle your way around the grocery store and won’t zigzag back and forth.


    Opt For Double-Duty Foods

    When you are browsing the shelves in the supermarket, aim to purchase foods that can be reused in several ways. For instance, instead of buying lettuce to add crunchiness and greens to your sandwiches, opt for spinach.

    You may wonder why. Well, spinach is more versatile than lettuce; you can use it to top your sandwiches and cook it into a dinnertime side dish, mix it with stir-fry vegetables or add it to an omelet. And the extra lettuce will, on the other hand, just slowly turn to disgusting brown goop in your freezer.


    Make a Room in Your Heart for Leftovers


      Make a commitment of repurposing the meals you prepare into fresh dishes later in the week. For instance, make a homemade marinara sauce or taco filing on Monday. That same taco filling can be turned into a salad the next night and a nacho topping on the third night. Also, homemade pasta sauce can be used for making a pizza and then the next night be folded into lasagna.


      Stock Up Your Pantry

      Having several ingredients on hand will make it easy to prepare a good meal instead of hitting a fast food joint or overpay already prepared meals. Always have a carton of eggs in your fridge and if you mix them with frozen peas, rice, hot sauce and a couple of spices like cumin and curry powder, you can prepare a tasty fried rice dish in no time. Ingredients that last long time like potatoes, onions, shallots and lemons are good to always have on hand and the best part is that they can be used in many recipes.

      Always keep canned beans in your pantry, because they can go into almost anything and are a great source of protein. The majority of these ingredients can be found on coupons and vouchers, so go online to find them and save a nice amount of money on your grocery shopping. Make sure to get enough frozen vegetables like corn and peas, because you will be able to easily integrate veggies into your meals without having to buy fresh ones all the time.

      Even if, in some cases, it may seem like a pain to cook by yourself, you need to remember that the skills you learn by cooking regularly will rub off on your partner and your kids, and the best way to save some money in the kitchen is to learn how to cook.

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      Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

      1. It burns more fat.

      Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.


      2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

      Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

      3. It saves you money.

      Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!


      4. It increases your immune system.

      Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

      5. It makes you face your fears head on.

      People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.


      6. You will feel better in your clothes.

      When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

      7. You will embrace vulnerability.

      When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.


      8. You will show the world the real you.

      Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

      9. You will have fun.

      Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

      10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

      Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

      What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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