If you’re the kind of person who likes to spend lots of money buying your breakfast, lunch & dinner outside of your home every day of the week, then, this post is not for you.
I’m not a one-star chef, but, I cook.
I love to cook because it’s fun, calming, and it saves me money. I’ll talk more about the non-financial aspects of cooking in other posts.
You know that you should cook to save money. You might feel short on time, or be afraid to get started if you’ve never cooked before.
I’ll write a few posts to introduce some really simple ideas, such as batch cooking.
I invest 2 to 3 hours on Sunday mornings to cook my dinners ahead for the entire week.
To clarify, I will make the main ingredient, or the base, on Sunday. Like, I’ll roast a $10 family pack of Organic chicken from Trader Joe’s in the oven for an hour.
Not only does that cost $10, it takes like zero skills. Pat the chicken dry. Rub some spices on it if you like. Put it on a baking sheet and bake it at 400 for about a total of 45 minutes. Turn it over once in the middle. When the juices are running clear, it’s done. If you over cook it a little the first time, it’s not a big deal; raw chicken isn’t very good for you.
Now you have 4 drumsticks and 2 huge breasts all done, and, while that was roasting, you also made an additional bunch of vegetables to go with it. (I’ll post some recipes for those soon.) If that’s not enough chicken for you to eat Monday through Friday, buy 2 packs.
Portion the pieces into individual, oven-safe containers for quick re-heating. All you have to do when you get home from work every night is heat and serve.
If you get bored of any ‘base’ ingredient you made on Sunday, then, add a quick-cooking grain or sauce to it, which can always be done in 10 minutes. Or, chop up the chicken & make chicken salad.
Personally, I rarely tire of eating the same thing all week, but, there are infinite ways to vary it if that’s what you need.
$10-$20 plus 2 hours to cook & clean up is well worth a week’s worth of chicken dinners to me.