Don’t Give Your Money To The Restaurants On The Weekends

I am a self-proclaimed foodie, and I love trying out new restaurants on the weekends.

A lot of times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it is so much easier for me to grab something and bring it home. I don’t have to heat up the kitchen, or make a big mess. From pizza and wings, to burgers and fries, to Mexican, to barbecue – there are so many options on the way home from the 9 to 5. Most nights, it would be a to-go meal, but on date nights we would get lunch or dinner before or after the event. (Oh, and don’t let it be “customer appreciation day where we give you some free food because you came in the restaurant” – I am ALL over it!)

Nothing wrong with that picture at all, right?

But the convenience of grabbing a meal on the way home comes with the challenge of eating healthy. Restaurants don’t usually have your best interests in mind when preparing your meal. So usually, it has increased salt, sugar, and fat content. (Not great if you are focused on better nutrition.) Plus, you could be spending up to $500.00 (or more) extra every single month that would be better spent elsewhere in your household.

So what are you supposed to do?

Simple solution: Keep your money in your wallet and make your meal at home!

That’s right!

If you plan on going grocery shopping anyway, then why not purchase items that you can enjoy on the weekends with your family?

You can control the flavor content of the dish.

You can control how much salt you add to the meal.

You can make healthier substitutions in meals that you enjoy.

You can decide how you wish to serve the food you make (buffet style, on the “good china”, meat on top of rice or to the side, etc.).

Let’s walk through an example together….

Your family loves going to the catfish joint after worship service. This particular catfish joint fries EVERYTHING – nothing is without grease. The coleslaw is more mayo than veggies. Even the salad dressing for the tossed salad has a thick layer of oil before you reach the flavor portion. You spend $30.00 feeding your family of 4, since the kids can share a plate for now.

Why not buy some cod, some red potatoes, and some mixed spring greens, plus panko bread crumbs, egg whites, coconut oil, vinaigrette, and seasonings, at the grocery store? Then you can cut the fish into smaller strips, dip in egg whites and bread with bread crumbs and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Then cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces and toss on a baking sheet with oil and seasonings and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Finally, put the plate together with the salad and serve. Much healthier meal where you controlled what goes into your body AND you probably spent less because there are leftovers for another day.

Do you need help with putting together meals like this for the weekends? Praises and Platters will be ready in a few days, and I cannot wait to share this with you!

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