Recipes found online, in cookbooks, magazines, or on food packages often yield more than 1 serving, which may mean throwing away food that you can't eat. When you're living on a tight budget, wasting food is not a good idea. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to avoid wasting food and money. Check it out!
- Check the yield and serving size of a recipe first. Most recipes can be cut down to only yield 1 or 2 servings. For example, if a pasta dish yields 4 (1 cup) servings and you want to just make 1 serving, simply divide the amount of each ingredients by 4 and use that instead!
- Be smart with your leftovers. If you do cook something that makes more than 1 serving, don't throw out the leftovers. Instead, divide the remainders into single serving containers and refrigerate or even freeze. That way you have a precooked meal at your disposal for later! Pasta and rice dishes, soups, chilies, and stir fries can all be easily frozen and reheated. Important: When reheating leftovers, you only want to reheat once! So dividing up leftovers into smaller containers is a better idea than in one large container.
- Make it how you want it. Sometimes a recipe can be discouraging if it has a long ingredient list. For instance, a homemade pizza recipe that lists 10 different ingredients may not be appealing. Change the recipe to better fit your time frame and taste buds! Just use the recipe as a general guideline, but only use a few ingredients you really like. For the pizza, you could use a pre-made crust, pre-made tomato sauce, cheese, and a couple of your favorite veggies.