Turns out Rachael Ray is a Fit Foodie, which I learned when I had the chance to meet her at the Ziploc FreshOver event last week. I know she’s not famous for low cal, carb conscious recipes but being a Fit Foodie is about enjoying food to the fullest—within healthy parameters of course! It’s also about living a life that is healthy enough to tolerate the occasional indulgence without guilt or regret and it’s about eating, and living, well within a budget. Enter Rachael Ray.
You may be familiar with Rachael’s show $40 a Day but at the event, she talked about living on $40 a week when she was younger. My first thought was, ‘$40 a week? Not impressed.’ I eat quite well for less than that. But Rachael did share one money saving tip I loved, and hadn’t thought of. Parboiling, which is when you partially cook something in boiling water allowing you to freeze it for future use.
Sure I already buy all my fresh produce on sale. If it’s not on sale, I’m heading to the freezer aisle, but parboiling opens up a whole new world to me. Rachael explained how she used to buy veggies at their cheapest, in bulk, parboil, and freeze them for a later time. What I love about this is I won’t be stuck eating a week of eggplant Parmesan, babaganoush, grilled eggplant sandwiches, and pasta alla Norma just to use up my on sale eggplant before it goes bad. Now I can use the part I want and parboil the rest for later use. AND I can finally have stir-fry with a variety of vegetables by pulling a few items out of the freezer rather than relying on the one or two veggies that are currently on sale at my grocery store.
Do you have any money saving tips that help you eat right? Please share them in the comments below. This Fit Foodie is on a tight budget and will give anything a try to eat right and save a few dollars! And head over to our Fit & Famous blog to get Rachael Ray’s all-time favorite healthy recipe.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.