If you read my article on saving money by shopping according to the seasonal growing calendar, you may be thinking, “Who has the time for that?” Not to worry, there is a series of books out there that list entire weeks of meals, using food that is in season. You do not even have to think about it—readers are provided grocery checklists to go by.
The series is called, “Saving Dinner,” by Leanne Ely, and will amaze you. Your local library might even have one of her books. They are so organized that you just might, if you don’t already, renew your relationship with your kitchen.
One of her books is perfect for the upcoming holidays, “Saving Dinner for the Holidays: Menus, Recipes, Shopping Lists, and Time Lines for, Stress-Free Holidays and Family Celebrations.” If you are not into planning meals around the seasons–a task that is done for you in this series of books–and find that perusing recipes and making grocery lists ranks up there with going to the dentist, then you will want to try out Leanne’s books. Leanne, a nutritionist, has done all the work for you. She also has a book titled, “Saving Dinner Basics—How to cook even if you don’t know (my kind of cookbook). Watching your weight? Check out her “Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way.” And, her newest book is on the paleo way of eating.
These books will help you prepare nutritious meals (Leanne Ely is a nutritionist), save money by buying food “in season,” help minimize waste by following a shopping list for only what you need to buy, and help you stay on a healthy eating plan because your entire year’s balanced meals are organized around what is in seasons. These books have it all–your grocery shopping list, the menus, and time lines for preparation. The bulk of the planning work has been done for you, and all you need to do is cook the meals and clean up!
Try your local library or bookstore–these may just be the cookbooks you actually USE, rather than the ones that sit on a shelf, only to gather dust.