Dr Oz is always talking about how to eat healthy on a budget, so he brought on the fabulous Rachael Ray to teach us how to make a weeks worth of meals in just a day. Rachael Ray’s Recipes from this segment of the Doctor Oz Show include the following:
Rachael Ray said that she learned a lot of cooking skills from her grandpa, but that everyone in her family cooks and if she can do it – then so can we! She started giving time saving cooking tips on 30 Minute Meals and has now written 18 cookbooks and has an Emmy Award Winning TV Talk Show. Healthy food does not have to break the bank, so here are some tips from Rachael Ray and her new cooking show called the Week in a Day Cooking Show!
Rachael Ray’s Budget Strategies
1. Freeze Fresh Produce
Rachael Ray told Dr Oz that you should buy whatever is a great price. So if broccoli is on sale that week, buy some extra and blanch your vegetables so that you can freeze them. To blanch vegetables, you just drop them into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, and them drop them into a bowl of ice water. I wonder if this is really cheaper than just buying frozen vegetables though – I get organic frozen vegetables at Costco for a great price.
2. Buy The Whole Chicken
Rachael Ray said to buy the whole chicken and poach it, because all you need is a pot, water and a chicken and you will have an inexpensive protein that you can use all week long in pizzas, tex-mex or other recipes.
3. Food Fund
Rachael Ray said that she keeps a mason jar on her counter and fills it with her lose change. Then they take it to the grocery store and put it into the Coinstar machine so they can spend the money on groceries.
Rachael Ray’s Supermarket Deals
1. Buy Bulk Foods
Dr Oz seemed to be a big fan of bulk foods. You can buy everything from lentils to beans in bulk, and since you are not paying for packaging, you save lots of money.
2. Unit Price
Dr Oz showed an example of a price sticker at the grocery. Rachael Ray said that you should never shop based on the actual price of the product, because each product could have different amounts inside. Instead, look at the smaller number that is often in an orange or yellow square on the left, that is the unit price.
3. Loss Leaders
Rachael Ray said to pick up the circular and usually the front page contains the loss leaders, which are the things the store is giving away in order to get you into the store. Buy extra of the loss leaders!
Rachael Ray Week in a Day Review:
Day 1 – Three Bean Minestrone for soup (click here for the Rachael Ray Minestrone Soup Recipe)
Day 2 – Serve marinara sauce on spaghetti squash (click here for the Rachael Ray Roasted Tomato Recipe)
Day 3 – Make a stock with different vegetables and chicken and serve it on top of polenta (click here for the Rachael Ray Chicken Over Polenta Recipe)
Day 4 – Mexican Pesto with Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Day 5 – Eggplant Stacks with Rachael Ray’s Roasted Tomatoes (click here for the Rachael Ray Eggplant Parm Stack Recipe)