Meal Planning: Buying Large Quantities

24 Feb

Another great way to save money and help fill your pantry, fridge or freezer with good healthy foods is to buy in large quantities.  I’m lucky enough to have a Costco near my house so I really get to take advantage of doing this.

In my most recent trip to Costco I really went all out with fruits and vegetables.  Jacob and I go through a lot of these so these big quantities really works for us.

What I bought:

Organic gala apples
Navel oranges
Lean ground turkey
Organic baby spinach
Crimini mushrooms
Asparagus
Tri-color bell peppers
D’Anjo pears
Bananas
5 dozen eggs
Hummus
Multigrain chips

I make sure to put the ground turkey in individual freezer bags then in the freezer.  That way all I have to do is thaw out a pack and I’ve got a great lean protein to add to my meal.  We eat a lot of eggs, and mainly egg whites so those 5 dozen are gone in just couple of weeks.

How do I make all that fruit a good purchase before it goes bad?  Well the pears needed to ripen so I couldn’t start eating those for a few days, the bananas can be frozen to add to my oatmeal, smoothies or baked goods once they get too yellow,and  the oranges last quite a long time in the fridge.  They will be good for 1-2  months in the fridge for sure.  The apples… well an apple a day keeps the doctor away right?  They’ll be gone in a week or so.

You can always chop up your fruit and put it in the freezer for later use in smoothies or to be baked with.  Unless it has bad spots on it, freeze it!  Same with the vegetables.  Instead of buying already frozen veggies, you can freeze your own!  Either chop the veggies fresh and put it in a freezer bag, or you can blanch them for a minute, let it cool and then freeze for later use.

Having a well stocked kitchen can help with meal planning and save money you some money too because the price is usually better when you buy in big quantities.

Here are a few recipes I like to make after a trip like the one above
Potato-y, Mushroom-y Asparagus Frittata
Individual Turkey Meatloaf
Texan Turkey and Peppers with Cornmeal Pancakes

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5 Responses to “Meal Planning: Buying Large Quantities”

  1. Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 24, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    LOOOVE costco!! I found a HUGE container of chobani there last time for 4.99!!

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes February 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I haven’t been to Costco in a while, but when I go, I buy similar things you bought. I agree, meal planning and buying large quantities is a great way to save money. Nice job! 🙂

  3. eatingRD February 25, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    such good tips! many things are just cheaper to buy in bulk so it’s important to prep which I sometimes fall behind on 🙂 Going to have to check out those cornmeal pancakes mmm Thanks for your comment about hills, have to get through them with positive thinking! 🙂

  4. David Dierking February 25, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I just can’t bring myself to buy in bulk. We can’t finished a regular bottle of ketchup before it expires let alone finish a 5 pound bottle of it!

  5. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} February 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Agreed Heather, I always love to have my healthy foods at the ready!

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