I'm trying to save money and eat healthier by cooking more often. In the past we would go to the grocery store and load up on everything that looked good to eat. The result was that we would eat about half of what we bought and the rest would go bad and have to be thrown out or sit in the pantry for years. That approach is not much cheaper than eating out.
I drive by at least three grocery stores on my way home from school every day, so I am trying a different approach. I'm actually planning menus and only shopping for one or two meals at a time. It's easy enough to stop and buy the ingredients after school and eat leftovers or sandwiches on the days I don't want to cook.
We've been trying out different recipes from the books and magazines I've collected but rarely used. I made Turkey Minestrone from Taste of Home's Pasta Cookbook. I thought it was pretty good and my daughter ate it without complaining. I like making big pots of soup like this and freezing the leftovers.
We had a half pound of ground turkey and three-fourths pound of turkey sausage left over and I told my daughter we need to find something to do with them before they spoil. I don't want to keep throwing food away. She decided she wanted to make turkey burgers with the leftover ground turkey. I stopped by the grocery store on the way home and found buns on sale for a dollar. Cheese slices were 3 packages for a dollar. Dinner only cost me $2.70 and I didn't even have to cook!
I found a recipe for chili to utilize the leftover turkey sausage. All I had to do was cook the sausage then open three cans and a bottle of salsa. It doesn't get much easier. It won't win any chili cook-off's, but it's not bad. My daughter said it was awesome. I froze a bag of these leftovers as well.
Now I've got leftover hamburger buns I need to use. I found a recipe for pulled pork sandwiches in my Rival Crock Pot cookbook. I stopped again on my way home to buy the shoulder roast and the other ingredients that I didn't already have. I can smell it cooking now and it's making me very hungry.