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Use Spices To Cook Like A Connoisseur On A
by Beth Scott
Don’t have the money to make delectable dishes?
Or just don’t know the secrets of flavoring with spices and herbs, and
making food stretch?
The former is never right no matter what your income is.
If you have the money to buy enough food to at least feed your family
then you have enough money to make whatever you feed them enjoyable,
even if it’s a vegetable dish.
Yes, with the right spices or herbs, and recipes, the children in your
family will come to love vegetables.
My family has several favorite veggie dishes, that our kids like so
much they want seconds. And the main secret to them are the
different spices we use.
These dishes range from ratatouille, eggplant parmigiani, to stewed
tomatoes and stuffed zucchini.
Just as they do with vegetables; spices, herbs, and sweeteners are the
secrets to making all foods delicious.
These three food miracle workers can be relatively inexpensive if you
know where to look.
Saving Money While Shopping
In most health food stores (and in select supermarkets in growing
numbers) there is a wondrous invention called a BULK section.
I’m sure everyone knows what this is, but in case you don’t I’ll
It’s a section of a store that has all types of different flours,
beans, cereals, spices, herbs, and much more.
Each of which are in separate containers or large plastic buckets with
a scoop, that allows you to buy as much or as little as you want of
what ever spices or other food they carry.
The store provides you with bags and twist ties, for your
Spices are an excellent example of how cheap it can be to shop in
Most small jars of spices or herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, etc...
cost any where from 2 dollars a bottle to 4.99 (which is technically 5
dollars a bottle).
In a bulk section you can buy these same spices, getting twice as much
(or more) for less than a dollar or a little over.
Talk about savings! Herbs and all kinds of spices are much
cheaper bought this way than paying the extravagant prices you are
charged for a pre packaged bottle of the same spices.
Flour and other cooking and baking necessities are also much cheaper if
bought in a bulk section
buying in a bulk section does not mean you have to buy a lot of
everything! You could buy only one cup of flour in a bulk section
if you wanted to or one tablespoon of any spices or herbs.
Ideally you should shop around at whatever different stores in your
area have bulk sections, and compare prices to make sure you’re getting
the cheapest price.
Bring a calculator to the store and be prepared to do a little brain
work to figure it out.
Another money saving trick is to substitute ground turkey for ground
beef in recipes. Here you might prefer the taste of beef but in
terms of the money you save it will certainly taste heavenly to your
You can spice up bland omelets, scrambled eggs, soups, meat patties and
more with the correct spices, and herbs.
Here is a recipe for deliciously spicy
eggs, that won’t dent your wallet:
For scrambled eggs try using:
1/4 teaspoon thyme and pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt and oregano
Mix the eggs, spices, and herbs together in a bowl.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat until very hot, then add your oil
(preferably olive oil or coconut oil) to the pan. Wait a few
seconds until the oil starts to smoke, then pour the eggs from your
bowl into the pan.
Have a fork in your hand ready to scramble the eggs with, because
they’ll start cooking instantly. Scramble the eggs for 30 seconds
to a minute. Then use a spatula to scoop them out onto a plate.
Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to start saving money today.
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