Eating out is great but when you’re trying to save money, it can be an expensive hassle. If you’re looking to save some money but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, here are some absolute staples you need to keep handy
This is a root that should be a part of every kitchen. It’s loaded with great health benefits and has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Ayurveda. Ginger is known to help with digestive issues such as gas, nausea and vomiting. It’s got a substance called gingerol that is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-cancer food. You can use it to make tea or in your baking.
It’s a spice that many eat in other foods but it’s more than that. Cinnamon is great at lowering blood sugar naturally in those with diabetes. You can add it to desserts as well as savory dishes like curries or even meat sauces.
Garlic is a natural antiseptic, antifungal, antiseptic food thanks to a substance called allicin. Its health benefits include helping to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. You can add to stews, meats, and soups. You can even use it in salsa with some blue corn chips
4. Olive Oil
This is one of the most versatile oils around. It’s a staple in Mediterranean diets and is a great source of omega-6 fatty acids. The extra virgin olive oil can be used to cook or it can be used to make salad dressings or in baking. You really can’t go wrong with olive oil, and that’s why it’s such an essential.
There are a lot of people who will scoff at this but if you’re honest, you’ll admit that everything tastes better with bacon. It doesn’t have to be the fatty pork kind; there are some great healthy turkey alternatives. Bacon really adds that special smoky flavor to anything and it makes a great appetizer especially when you wrap it around some asparagus and bake for 20 minutes.
Not many can take onions in their raw form but it’s a seasoning agent that adds special sweetness to anything. You can sauté them and use them to top burgers, you can add them to soups and if you have the special sweet onions, you can add them to salads.
Oats, especially the steel cut kind, is a great source of dietary fiber that helps your cholesterol and your colon. Oats are also a great source of protein that’s comparable what you find in milk, egg and even meat. You can make your own oatmeal, add some to your smoothie, or bake them into cookies.
Yes, they are a great source of potassium, which is needed for a healthy heart. What some may not know is that bananas can help relieve heartburn.
9. Ground Turkey
A quick source of lean protein, you can ground turkey to make hamburgers, meatloaf or meat sauce to serve with pasta. You can season it with whatever herbs you want and it holds its flavor nicely.
Eggs are a great source of protein and can go with almost anything. You can fry, poach, bake, boil, or scramble them with vegetables or even a potato. One of the best breakfasts involved cooking up some potatoes with seasoning, scrambling some eggs, top with some cheese (another must-have) and bake for 20 minutes.
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