Here at Morguard, we pride ourselves in our communities’ comprehensive amenities including our fully equipped kitchens. Take advantage of your Morguard kitchen with these healthy eating tips from small-space experts and health-conscious eaters. At Morguard, we not only care about delivering quality service to our residents, but also providing resources for health and wellness, to maximize a quality lifestyle.
Between work, family, errands, working out (if we have time), and that elusive thing called free time, it’s no wonder that many of us struggle to have a plan for preparing healthy meals on a reasonable budget. That’s where we come in. Whether you have a spacious or compact kitchen, our Morguard green living focus on efficiency and smarter food choices pays dividends.
Grocery Game Plans, Maximizing Your Kitchen, and Eating Healthy
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make healthy choices while staying within your budget, and the USDA has some great strategies to help everyone with what you choose to put on your plate. Before heading to the grocery store, developing a “game plan” can help you get organized and save money. It also allows you to rethink your food choices and pick healthier options. Shop smart and use tips and tricks for every aisle. Farmers markets are another great resource for fresh, locally-sourced produce. Prepare healthy meals faster with proven kitchen timesavers and channel your inner chef.
Organize your kitchen. Keep frequently used items such as cooking oils/sprays, spatulas, cutting boards, and spices within easy reach. This will save you from having to search for them later.
Clear the clutter. Before you start cooking, clear off your counters. This allows more room for prep space.
Chop extra. When chopping up veggies for a meal, chop more than you need. Take the extra, place in a reusable container and freeze. Then next time you need it, you can skip a step.
Have everything in place. Grab all ingredients needed for your meal – vegetables chopped, spices measured, and meats thawed. It will be easier to spot missing items and avoid skipping steps.
Double your recipe. For your next casserole or stew, try doubling the recipe and freezing the extra. You’ll save time and make cooking next week’s dinner a snap!
Clean as you go. Fill up the sink with soapy water and wash the dishes as you cook. It’ll make clean up go much smoother!
Save some for later. Freeze leftover soups, sauces, or gravies in small reusable containers.
We include budget-conscious 2-week menus for you to consider.
Getting the Most out of Your Kitchen and Your Budget
The Simple Dollar article, by Trent Hamm, shares great ideas for not only eating healthy, but doing it efficiently in any size kitchen. In Ideas for Preparing Food at Home Cheaply with Minimal Space and Resources, the strategies include:
Idea #1: Augmentation - Say you are craving Ramen noodles. It’s very easy to augment that package with a chicken breast or fresh vegetables, making your meal healthier.
Idea #2: Beans - Skip the bread or pasta and add beans to your dish. It’s a great source of vegetarian protein and can be the backbone of many simple meals.
Idea #3: Eggs - They are another extremely inexpensive and easy to prepare source of healthy protein. Try tarragon in your eggs or rosemary on your chicken breasts or cumin cooked in with your beans. It’s a quick way to make something bland into something quite tasty. Here are the spices considered essential in a basic kitchen.
Idea #4: Fruits and Vegetables in Season
Many vegetables can be deliciously cooked with a bit of olive oil and a few spices to make a very delicious, simple, and cheap meal. Almost every fruit can be chopped up and stored in a small container as a perfect snack when you’re hungry.
Idea #5: Tuna - It’s quite inexpensive and very healthy. Add tuna in with savory fresh vegetables, like onions, garlic, celery, and peas.
Idea #6: Oatmeal - It can be prepared in countless different ways, and when you buy a large container of it, it’s very inexpensive. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers help to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
We hope these tips have given you food for thought on how to enjoy green apartment living, in the form of smart shopping, healthy food preparation, and efficiently using your Morguard kitchen space. If you know someone who shares the same vision as our culture at Morguard, consider us for those seeking jobs in apartment management and property management.