I have really been getting into cooking lately. I have tried all kinds of recipes. Just last night I made a poached coconut Blue Hake fish with mixed greens and quinoa. I love making intricate meals and winging recipes, but I can’t do it every day. With a busy schedule like mine, you have to find cheap and easy ways to feed your family. I just started looking into slow cooking. It’s known to be cost-effective and doesn’t require too much effort for you. If you are interested, follow along to learn how slow cooking can save you money.
When it comes to a fast-paced lifestyle, you get busy all day and are tired when it’s time to go home. That results in a lot of eating out. My fast-food habit runs me upwards of $500 a month. With a dump-and-go policy, you can easily throw a few ingredients together in your slow cooker. Just turn it on and have a delicious meal ready and waiting when you walk through the door. Not only will the meal be cost-effective, but it will also probably be more nutritious.
When your cooking fancy meals in the kitchen, they usually require a lot of ingredients. My poached fish meal required liquid aminos, coconut milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a host of other kitchen staples. While I improvised, you don’t have to run through a lengthy list of ingredients for slow cooker recipes. You can make meals with a simple broth, a cheap cut of meat, and a few vegetables. This will help cut down your grocery bill.
Aside from simpler meals, slow cooker meals are a breeze. When I’m cooking regular meals, I use a lot of spoons, knives, plates, and pans. With slow cooker meals, you only need your slow cooker and maybe a spook for mixing and tasting. Less cooking utensils and pans make for an easier cleanup process. I hear that using a slow cooker can also save you money on your energy bill.
No matter how much you like to cook, in a busy week you are probably not up to it. Instead of picking up fast-food or spending time cooking, dump and go with an easy to assemble slow cooker meal. Not only are they delicious, but slow cooking can save you money.
Shatel Huntley has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she works with special needs adults and travels the world. Her interests include traveling to off the beaten path destinations, shopping, couponing, and saving.