From low-fat recipes to recipes designed for persons with diabetes, Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, shares recipes and advice to create healthy meals that are guaranteed to please. [Editor's note: Elaine no longer contributes to Silver Planet, but we have made her archived blog entries available as a service to our readers.]
For a little bit of food and a whole lot of packaging, frozen entrees can run you anywhere from $3 to $5 apiece. But you can make your own frozen meals by using microwave containers that are about the size and shape of typical frozen entrees. This is a big health bonus if you need to limit your sodium, because most frozen dinners are loaded with sodium—some even have as much as 1,500 milligrams (enough for an entire day).
Individual microwave dishes (with covers) that are freezer and microwave safe require an initial investment of about $5 ($9 for a divided dish with cover). But it’s a gift that keeps on giving, because each time you pack your leftovers in one of these convenient containers and freeze them, you are saving several dollars! Here are some other ways you’ll also be saving money—and living “greener”:
I found a couple of different individual container options from Nordic Ware (made in the USA): Nordic Ware Microwave Oval Casserole (2-cup capacity), for $5.50 Nordic Ware Microwave Divided Dish with Cover, for $9.95.
In these challenging times, every little bit helps. Give this a try!
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
The Recipe Doctor Blog