Seasonal Eats: Spring

How many times have you told yourself you are going to start eating healthier? Then feel overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what to eat, how to eat it, and stay within your budget? I’ve been there.

I used to prowl the internet (pinterest especially) in search of the most creative, fun, and budget friendly recipes. I found tons of recipes that I wanted to try…but that wasn’t the problem! The problem was looking at the list of ingredients and realizing that most of what the recipe called for was either out of season (and therefore not as budget friendly), something I didn’t like the taste of, or something I couldn’t even pronounce the name of.

What fun is that? It made meal planning and grocery shopping time consuming and extremely stressful for me, so I procrastinated (or just avoided it all together by stopping at a fast food drive- thru window, or my favorite deli that ended up costing me more than I wanted to spend). So there I was, back to square one. Over the years I have fine- tuned my meal planning/grocery shopping process, and learned a few tricks.

Most of these tricks come down to knowing what is in season. If you know what is in season, you can substitute any ingredient for one that you actually like, get your grocery shopping done in half the time (no more wasting time comparing prices), and accomplish your budget goals! **Next week’s blog is all about foods and flavors that compliment each other, so stay tuned, friends!**

I created a list of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season in Wisconsin RIGHT NOW. It is spring here in the midwest at the moment, but don’t worry, I will keep you updated as the seasons change! I hope this makes your shopping and meal planning easier! Do you have any tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, or just food in general? I’d love to hear what works for you! Comment below, and let’s create a positive community that helps each other grow!!

Fruits & Vegetables

March – May

Best DealsIn Season
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All of these fruits/vegetables are in season. The left column is the most budget friendly. The right column is considered affordable.

Save Those Dollars!

  • Buy fruits and veggies that are in season!
  • Fresh fruits and veggies have better flavor, less additives, and MORE nutrients than fast food or processed foods!
  • Green beans that are in season cost less per serving than canned green beans!

  • Higher costing items are placed on the shelves at eye level. Check the top and bottom shelves for lower prices!
  • Buy swiss and cheddar cheese in bricks. Slicing them at home saves you money on handling and packaging.
  • Save your vegetable trimmings! They add flavor to soups and stews.
  • You can stretch your recipes, get more out of it, and add flavor by adding a little water and a few bouillon cubes.