November 12, 2019

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Dinner for Less


POSTED BY | POSTED IN Healthy Bites Articles | POSTED ON 7-2-2014

cheesy_broc_macWatch-the-video-button2-300x631There’s no need to sacrifice quality, flavor or nutrients when shopping and eating on a budget. By dining in, planning your meals and strategizing amongst the aisles, you can eat nutritiously and deliciously for a fraction of the cost. Use these six tips to do dinner for less.

Cook at Home
Cutting back on restaurant meals is an easy way to spend less on food. With the right ingredients, you can create great-tasting family meals right at home. Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch is packed in a convenient vacuum-sealed pouch and is recipe-ready for use in budget-friendly meals like salads, casseroles, quesadillas and sandwiches. It’s an excellent source of omega-3’s and now contains 40 percent less sodium. To get even more omega-3 bang for your buck, try their Omega-3 Prime Fillet® Albacore Tuna Pouch that’s packed in tuna oil.

Value All Year-Round
Canned foods are a pantry staple you can find at a reasonable cost all year-round. Stock up on vegetables, beans, fruits and proteins for last-minute meals and snacks. When craving classic baked beans without the hassle of making them from scratch, try Bush’s Best® Grillin’ and Baked Beans. They are slow-cooked with the finest ingredients, are deliciously bold-tasting and ready-to-serve in minutes.

Use Store Brands
The products in our Weis Quality family of brands are carefully designed and formulated to be equal to or better than the national brand for less—satisfaction guaranteed! From produce to frozen, fresh meats and packaged foods, you’ll find a large assortment of Weis Quality products to fit your family’s needs. Shopping for premium or all-natural, certified organic Weis products? Give our Weis Five Star and Full Circle product lines a try!

Buy Fresh
Check sell-by dates on dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry and seafood to find the freshest food possible. In hot weather, or if you aren’t immediately returning home to properly store these foods, consider transporting them in a cooler to prevent spoilage. All varieties of Horizon Organic® Milk, including plain and chocolate, Whole, 2%, 1% and Fat-Free, are produced without added growth hormones, pesticides or antibiotics. Special DHA fortified varieties also supply healthful fats that may support eye, heart and brain health when included in your diet.

Make it Meatless
Eating meatless meals at least once a week may help you eat more healthfully, while cutting your costs at checkout! For protein rich meatless meals, try serving an egg-based dish like an omelet or frittata, substituting an extra can of beans into tacos and chili and using Barilla® Plus® Multigrain Pasta in vegetarian pasta dishes. Each serving supplies 17 grams of protein, a good source of fiber and heart-healthy ALA omega-3s. Look for it in popular shapes like Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Farfalle and give it a try in our recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Mac.

Cook Once, Eat Twice
Double or even triple the batch size of soups, stews and stirfries and freeze portions for later use. Store extra batches and leftovers in Gladware® Food Storage Containers to keep food fresh and tasty. Proper storage of leftovers can help reduce food waste too! All sizes including Family Size, Soup & Salad, Small Snack and Mini Rounds of these dishwasher-, freezer- and microwave-safe containers stack neatly in place to save space and keep your cabinets and refrigerator clutter-free.

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