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Creative Ideas for Meals During Pandemic

If there is one good thing that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been flexing their culinary skills. Whether you’re making an effort to minimize your time in grocery stores, avoiding restaurants, or working from home, you too can join the fun of cooking from home. Here are a few ideas to get creative in the kitchen.

Start a recipe exchange.

This once-thought aged tradition has once again risen in popularity as people look for new things to make for their families. Apps like Allrecipes or Tasty are great ways to access an online network of recipes you can share, or start one of your own with friends and family through your favorite chat app.

Ditch the grocery store (occasionally) for home-grown produce.

If the idea of frequenting grocery stores right now doesn’t give you the best vibes, you’re not alone. Some farmers markets, fruit and vegetable stands and produce exchanges are still open, which can be a nice alternative in the fresh outdoor fresh air. Stock up and look up some veggie-based meals, and you can extend your grocery run for much longer. Plus, you’ll have some healthy options for your family to enjoy.

If you do hit the grocery store, be selective.

Many of you have kids that have been home much more than normal, which means your pantry is likely running low at a quicker rate. If that sounds like your situation, your grocery budget may start to take a serious hit. If you aren’t already trying a budget-friendly grocery option like Aldi, now’s the time to consider it. Plus, they rotate items on their shelves weekly so you’ll have fun trying new things each week. Put convenience aside for the time being if you don’t have a location nearby so you can stock up on a dime. You’ll be surprised at the savings.

Whether you’re getting the itch to have some fun in the kitchen or are looking to mix up your weekly meal menu, give these wallet-friendly alternatives a try. Bon Appetit!


Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.

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