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Meal Plan Monday: 3 Tips on Saving Money Using Up Fresh Herbs

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how-to-save-money-using-fresh-herbsAnswer this question quickly:

Do you use up all of your fresh herbs?

I’m thinking the answer is probably no.

Whether you grow them at home or purchase them, if they end up in the garbage, then your money is wasted.

According to EndHunger.org, it costs the United States a billion dollars a year to dispose of food waste. Not to mention the methane that it creates in the landfills.

If time and time again you end up with a half-used container of fresh herbs, don’t miss how to maximize your food budget savings.


Give Your Food Budget a Boost in a Non-obvious Way

To save money and help the environment, you need an action plan that works so you can eat as much of your food as possible.

Here are 3 Tips with an insanely helpful list of recipes to help use up all of your herbs.


1. Freeze your way to savings.

Whether you grow fresh herbs at home or purchase them, freeze what you don’t use. According to BHG, certain herbs freeze better than others. Use some now and save some for later. Chives, lemongrass, basil, tarragon, thyme, sage, and other freeze well. Put them in an ice cube tray. They fit nicely in the compartments. Cover with plastic wrap then freeze them. Once frozen, take them out of the tray and put them in freezer bags. Label them and you will have fresh herbs on demand. All you have to do is thaw, drain, and dry them.


2 . In a recent post called Stock Up on Staples to Spend Less, I mentioned making a Pinterest board for staples so you would have go-to recipes for your favorite food that you tend to stock up on. I used the same idea for my favorite herbs. I  set up a Pinterest board solely devoted to cilantro. If you grow herbs or always have extra left that you aren’t sure what to do with, consider doing the same.

I happen to love guacamole and make it about once a month. I always forget to make another recipe using the cilantro.  I repeatedly throw out the wasted herb which breaks my heart. So I just started a board on Pinterest just for cilantro. Now I have a go-to board for recipes based on herbs that I love to use and don’t want to waste.

3. Yes, I googled it!

I don’t know about you but at times I draw a blank for how to use the herbs when we have them sitting in the container. Maybe we look on the internet for a recipe or two in the moment but just can’t find the right one to rescue us from wasting the herb when we need it. Before you know it, they end up in the garbage can. I do better searching when I’m not in a rush. So I rounded up some useful recipes so you can have them ready and waiting. Here are 10 websites to check out that have recipes using herbs.

1. 156 Cheap, Healthy Recipes for 10 Common Herbs [Cheap, Healthy, Good]

2. Ridiculously Easy Herb Compound Butter [Betty Crocker]

3. Easy Focaccia Recipe with Herbs [Inspired Taste]

4. Herb Citrus Chicken [Taste of Home]

5. 5 Spring Recipes and Herbs [She Knows]

6. Spaghetti with Herbs, Chilies, and Eggs [REAL Simple]

7. Lemon Infused Gluten-Free Pasta with Asparagus and Herbs [Gluten Free Goddess]

8. Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken [Comfort of Cooking]

9. Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lemon [Epicurious]

10. Thai Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lime Vinagrette [Once Upon  Chef]

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