I am hosting an amazing giveaway this Christmas, a $200 Target gift card and to enter all you have to do is share your secret tip for a great Christmas roast or Christmas pie!
We all know that eating junk food is a lot cheaper than trying to stay fit and healthy eating healthy meals. But this is not an excuse now! There are some pretty easy ways that you can use to afford healthy food much better. Don’t believe me? Read this article right now and discover that affording healthy food is a not a problem anymore!
Buy in bulk
This is nothing new: then you buy products in a bulk, it is much cheaper instantly. You should use this trick while purchasing healthy food as well! All the products that can be stocked for long are definitely worth to purchase in big numbers. For example big blocks of cheese, sides of beef, bulk grains, bulk beans, a gallon of coconut oil, and so on, are a great way to save money and eat healthily. So – why not try that and see it by yourself?
If you want fresh vegetables and fruits all year long, then start buying it all frozen. It can be easily stocked if you have a freezer, so you can buy it in a bulk as well. And in fact, frozen vegetables and fruits have the same food value as fresh ones, and it is definitely cheaper to buy them deep frozen. So, try this out for bigger savings right now!
Shop at local markets
For seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as dairy products and meat, you can always win by shopping at your local farmers markets. In fact, it is always cheaper to buy it directly from a manufacturer and you can be guaranteed that all products are fresh and healthy. After some time visiting those markets, you might befriend your local farmer and always get the freshest products for sure! It is definitely worth to try, isn’t it?
If you want to shop at big brand stores and you still can’t afford healthy food then use coupons to make those prices drop low for you. It will certainly work and it will gift you many great discounts which you can use shopping for groceries too! In fact, these Target’s coupons I recently found at ChameleonJohn.com let you afford healthy groceries much better. And not only at Target but at many other big brand name stores (like Whole Food) you can use coupons and make it all a lot cheaper instantly. So – don’t be shy and start using coupons – it is free and it will let you afford everything.
Grow your own
You can also play it a little bit different and spend zero dollars if you plan and grow your own vegetables! It is quite easy and it can work as a therapeutical activity as well. You will forget everything at the same moment your hands will touch the dirt, I promise. And you will surely save money on all these ‘greens’ too! So become a mini-farmer and start growing your own food. It is not that hard after all!
Buy whole chicken and fish
Forget about buying only parts of chicken or fish. Start buying it whole and you will eat healthily and save money! Retailers tend to value their work cutting and tearing apart chickens and fished by money. So why pay for things you can do yourself? And in fact, you can use absolutely all parts of it in many different meals. Just freeze the parts you are not going to use soon and you will be just fine! It is cheap and it is healthy without a doubt!
We are finally getting back to our Pizza Date Nights!!!! Every time my mom and dad come to visit they bring me fresh andouille sausage from home…YUM! I put it in everything from grits to gumbo and of course pizza. It adds amazing flavor to any dish. I’ve made pizzas before with andouille and I’ve made Muffuletta pizza, Muffuletta calzones, and Muffuletta bites so I sort of brought the two together. Capicola is one of my favorite ingredients on a muffuletta and adding it to pizza with andouille is truly delicious!
I could go on and on about these unique mouthwatering meats, but on to the recipe…
- Pre-made thin crust pizza dough
- Sauce (recipe to follow)
- Andouille sausage, diced
- Capicola, thinly sliced
- Pepperoni slices
- ½ cup Sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1 bag of Italian mixed cheese
- Pizza/Baking stone
- To make the sauce
- Cut an X in the bottom of 4 roma tomatoes. Steam in water until skins can be removed easily. Remove from heat and peel the skin off each tomato. In a food processor, add the tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, ½ teaspoon sea salt mixed with red chili flakes, ½ teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning, ½ teaspoon onion powder, and ½ teaspoon splenda. Pulse until tomatoes are chunky.
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
- While the oven is pre-heating, remove the pizza dough from the container and spread it onto the stone.
- Lightly brush the dough with olive oil
- Bake the pizza dough for 8 minutes on the lower rack of the oven.
- Remove from oven and top with the tomato sauce, white cheddar, Italian cheese blend, Andouille, Capicola, and pepperoni.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
It would take a very strong heart to say no to fresh, home-baked cookies or a moist, pineapple-upside down cake straight from the oven. If you are in love with desserts as we are, here is an amazing infographic from the Vanilla Valley, taking a close look at some of our favorite sugary treats from around the world. What’s more, it also has some handy facts and figures for the dessert lover in you. For instance, did you know that women are 25% more likely than men to order desserts? Or that cake is the most gender-neutral dessert, accounting for more than a quarter of all dessert orders?
Take the delicious bloody mary to the next level by making chilled gazpacho shooters that are perfect during these HOT summer days!
- 1 pound Creole or vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- Bloody Mary Mix
- 1 English cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup chopped sweet onion
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- Juice of 1 larger or 2 small limes
- 2 teaspoons Tabasco Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Spicy basil for garnish
- Note: Reserve some of the chopped vegetables for topping.
- Quick boil the chopped tomatoes just until soft. Transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking and cool.
- Combine the tomatoes and enough bloody mary mix to make 2 cups. Place into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients except for the basil. Place a cup at a time in a blender and puree for 20 seconds. Return the mixture to the bowl. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
- Serve in glasses and top with remaining chopped vegetables and basil. Enjoy!