Do you wish to prepare tasty dishes without breaking the bank or compromising flavors? You won’t believe how easy it is to cook your favorite dishes using beloved ingredients from your pantry, especially when you organize the latter from time to time and when you plan a consistent and budget-friendly meal calendar for several weeks!
Ramadan is a month that encourages generosity and charity. However, you might find yourself overspending during this holy month, especially if you throw gatherings for a large group of guests. That said, we put together a step by step guide that includes tips and tricks to help you prepare mouthwatering Iftars while spending less money!
Rule number 1: Stick to a budget
If you are a mom on a budget, you already know it’s necessary to plan things even on ordinary days. And the holy month of Ramadan is no exception. Start by setting a budget and intend not to cross it. The best way is to check if you’re missing necessary items only and write them on a piece of paper before you head to the supermarket. Shopping promo items and keeping them in the cabinet is the perfect way to save money without depriving yourself!
Rule number 2: Prepare quick and economical appetizers
Healthy appetizers add richness to the Iftar table and help prepare the stomach to digest large quantities of food after a day of fasting. To put together a generous feast without breaking the bank, turn to economical appetizers that are delicious and easy to prepare. California Garden Fava Beans and Hummus Tahina Dip make excellent starters, and everyone can dig in a while waiting for the main course. For a pop of color and even more flavors, you can prepare the hummus in 5 different ways. The more, the merrier!
Rule number 3: Cook large batches of main courses
Cooking large quantities of main dishes ensures you get leftovers that can help you prepare the following night’s Iftar. This way, you can have yourself 2 main courses for the price of one and ensure your family (and wallet) are happy and satisfied. You can use leftover rice and cooked chicken to create new dishes such as pilaf or fried rice with chicken!