We know grocery shopping and 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. Many of our clients are shocked by how much money their chef can save them at the grocery store by following these tips. And it’s worth it for more than just financial reasons, a home cooked meal is so much better for you and less expensive than eating out.
Take advantage of the salad bar: They aren’t just useful for making a healthy salad; 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. This also gives you an opportunity to examine the product you’ll be buying.
Buy bulk dry goods: Most grocery stores have a bulk dry goods area, where you can buy grains, nuts, and dried fruits in the exact quantities you’d like.
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. It’s better for the environment and will save you money in the long run.
Don’t be too strict with your recipes: Get creative with your recipes, and try to utilize ingredients for multiple dishes. For example, if you buy broccoli to make broccoli-cheddar soup and you’re also making a frittata, add the rest of the broccoli to it.
If you or your loved ones find cooking for one to be a challenge, reach out to Chefs For Seniors by clicking below. Making tasty, nutritious meals for just one or two people is what we specialize in!