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I am trying to cook more food at home to reduce cost of eating out. What ingredients would you recommend for meal planning?

What are some good meal plans that I can follow?

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Jane
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 3w ago

I bring my own lunch almost every single day since I started working. I wanted to save money and also eat healthier (I know if I buy lunch everyday I would be more prone to buying something fried or unhealthy welp) My office pantry (unfortunately) does not have a microwave so my recommendations are mostly food that I don’t mind eating cold/room temperature.

Some things I’ve meal prepped:

-soba noodles

-pasta

-sandwiches

-wraps/burritos

-salads

-sushi

-cauliflower “fried rice”

-poke bowl

-yesterday night’s leftovers (ahahaha)

On top of this I usually bring a fruit like an apple or a bunch of grapes for my snack. I save about $150 every month compared to when I went out to buy lunch everyday. The time I spend cooking is about ~20mins so I just get up earlier in the morning to prepare food. I know there was one week when I purposely cooked more for dinner everyday so I could use the leftovers and I didn’t need to wake up early to prepare lunch ahahahaha. Just look online for recipes and go with what works best for you.

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Hi Anon!

I've prepared for meals to bring to work in the past and having the right ingredients is really the key for these meals to last through the week! In fact just last week, one of my colleagues meal-prepped his lunch to bring to work for the week. But on Friday, his sweet potato turn slightly greenish and weird tasting! So we definitely want to avoid that!

Ingredients that have low-water content are usually the best for meal prepping. These include ingredients such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, carrots, corn. You want to avoid ingredients with high-water content as they may cause your food to turn wet or moist, which is not good.

As for the staples, rice or pasta are usually my favourite go-tos. If you are having salads, you can consider adding dried foods and fruits such as raisins, cranberries, nuts. Also refrain from adding your salad dressing when packing as your veggies might get soggy by the end of the week. You should pour the dressing when it's time for you to eat it.

Hope this helps!

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Brandon Ho
Brandon Ho

2w ago

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Clara Ng
Clara Ng

2w ago

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Shaun Wq Lim
Level 6. Master
Answered 2w ago

I prefer simple and easy to clean up methods.

For my case, I do steaming and veggies.

And without the usual salad dressings or sauces.

Olive oil and vinegar mainly.

Less of a mess to clean up which makes it easier to stick to the plan. Path of least resistance!

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Crystal Tan
Crystal Tan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated 2w ago

Being a broke student abroad once, I can definitely relate!

Here's what kept me afloat on a super low budget in an expensive city (aka Singapore):

Grocery Shopping List

I. Highly durable ingredients

Root vegetables (Carrots, Corn, Potatoes)

Hardy fruits like Apples, Pears & Oranges

Onions & Garlic

Olive Oil (I highly rec you invest in a good one :") it's worth it)

II. Necessary Nutrients

Eggs

Meat - Chicken / Pork / Beef etc (Can be frozen to last longer)

Fish (Can be frozen to last longer)

Veggies - Broccoli (most hardy), Tomatoes, Capsicum (for that burst of color) & other greens

III. Healthy Indulgences

Yoghurt (Tims' Dairy is amazing)

Dried Cranberries / Fruits & Nut mix

Avocado

Peanut Butter

These are just things off the top of my head. With these ingredients, you can already make some super amazing stuff:

Guacamole dip!

Fresh fruit yoghurt!

Apple slices with peanut butter!

Full dinner meals - complete with egg, veg, meat!

PS: What I love about this grocery list's ingredients is that they're really flexible: I can steam, stew, stir-fry, even throw 'em into soups and 1000 different flavors emerge -- frying 'em onions & garlic in fragrant olive oil is the secret key.

Anyway, that's how I survived my eat-at-home days :") it doesn't have to be a constraint, but an experiment! Hope that helps.​​​

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Lim Ziqing
Level 2. Rookie
Answered 3w ago

Bread, pasta and cauliflower are what i eat when i meal prep.

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Lok Yang Teng
Lok Yang Teng
Level 8. Wizard
Answered 3w ago

All depends on you. The thing about meal planning is it allows for flexibility. You can check out the various videos on Youtube for some examples.

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