We know grocery shopping cooking for one can be hard, so we wanted to share some tips that our chefs use to shop smarter, control portion size, and reduce waste. A home cooked meal is so much better for you and less expensive than eating out. Enjoy!
- Take advantage of the salad bar: they aren’t just useful for making a healthy salad for lunch; you can also opt for the salad bar instead of the produce aisle! For example, if you only need a small amount of vegetables for a stir-fry use the salad bar instead of buying the ingredients in bulk in the produce section.
- If your local grocer doesn’t have a salad bar, visit the frozen aisle: Contrary to popular belief, frozen fruits and veggies are just as healthy (if not healthier) than their fresh counterparts. Most are picked at their peak ripeness and flash frozen. The advantage of frozen items is you can use what you need, and easily store the rest in the freezer for next time.
- Get to know your butcher: Instead of buying a family-pack, visit the butcher section where you can buy individual portions of meat and seafood.
- Use smaller pans: If you’re making just 1 or 2 servings of something, you shouldn’t use a large pan because you run the risk of it overheating and potentially burning the food. Opt for smaller sauté pans.
- Invest in reusable containers: If you do end up making a little extra, invest in some reusable plastic or glass food storage containers instead of using disposable. It’s better for the environment and will save you money in the long run.