Eat Healthier & More Affordably with Cassy Joy Garcia – EP 287

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Eating healthy should be manageable and easy, so we want to make it easier for you. A classic episode wherein we slice and dice eating more nutritious and affordable food with Cassy Joy Garcia. Cassy’s approach to meal prepping makes it attainable for you who may not have all the time of the week!

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Cassy Joy Garcia is the bestselling author of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit. Eager to share her healthy living secrets with the world, she started Fed + Fit in 2011. Since then, she became a holistic nutrition consultant and transitioned her personal blog into a tremendously supportive and nimble online wellness editorial, backed by a small but mighty team of writers, researchers, and editors

Making The Budget Work While Being Healthy

There’s nothing wrong if you don’t buy organic food. It’s ideal but Cassy thinks food is still food. In order to keep your grocery budget manageable, chase grocery sales wherever possible. They do organic produce sales from time to time. Stock up, and chase those local aisle sales–local products is going to be less expensive. You may also want to think about the nutrient density of what you’re investing in such as buying fresh goods (e.g eggs, butter). 

The Dinner Series Concept

Looking at what we’re spending on groceries, the most significant leak in our budget is wasted food. If we weave ingredients from one meal together to the next, not only can we save, but also we’re saving on energy because we’re only going to cook once and repurpose it into several different meals. This dinner series has 120 complete meals, which you can pair and repurpose into a completely different meal.

Kitchen Time Saving Tips

When you get home from the grocery store, you probably have an idea of what meal you want to make. But after two days, you might forget about it. Cassy advises storing your groceries in the refrigerator and organizing them by meal, making them better and more manageable. Another tip is you can meal prep by doing little things to get you ahead, like chopping garlic and onion, so when the recipe calls for a specific portion in the recipe, then you can use it for the next time.

Tips on Freezing Food

Lean on your freezer. If you have the space, optimize it because the freezer is a powerful tool for saving time, money, and energy in the kitchen. Organize it by category as well. Freeze your food ingredients in containers in what you may need for a meal. Some of the best food to be reheated for reheating are soup, stew, casserole, and more. Also, do not freeze all of your food; have it in portions.  

Our latest repurposed leftover dish

  • Cassy: Took a brisket, cooked it up, served it with a side, and then for the rest of the brisket, she thinly sliced it, pan sear it until it was a little bit crispy, and then made a sweet sauce.
  • Jen: Uses Cooks Smart as her meal planning app, and she had this pork loin which she made into a sandwich, while the other half she cut up into little chunks and made into pork fried rice. 
  • Jill: Had a whole pan of veggies and used it as a side dish. Afterward, she used it to make an omelet, then made it as a veggie wrap the next day.

Bill of The Week

Thank you Cassy for sharing your bill about testing the theory that cooking at home beats the price of take-out!

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