Adele - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
Buy multipacks of meats in the supermarket, split them when you get them home, for example,
Chicken thighs, , only use one per person when making an evening meal.
MInce, buy the stores cheapest large pack and split into two or three, this allows for 2 meals. One could be used for a curry, the other for a shepherds pie, and so on.
Other meats, find a reputable butcher, and only buy what you need, go on how many people in family and work out what each member will eat (quantity wise), for example:- Dad will eat 4 sausages, the two kids will eat 2 each and I'll only eat 2, here you will buy 10 sausages, which the butcher will weigh out for you...
Also make a meal planner for the week ahead, and only buy in for what you will need on the days of the week.
Buy frozem mixed vegetables because buying fresh means it wont keep for too long. Only buy (if you have it) fresh for The sunday roast dinner..... rest of the week use frozen. Let young kids eat from the selection, the colours they like, at least this way they will eat some veg, and hopefully, there's no argument about not eating veggies... I did this with my sons as they grew up, But, don't ever argue over brussel sprouts..... leave well alone!!
Base each week as, what everyone will eat for breakfast,
what lunches will be needed - kids school, dad at work... try to make
these the same.
And the evening meal for everyone... Try to eat the same as each other,
don't cook differently for others, unless they've a special need etc..
All in all try to buy as healthy as money will allow.