Vegetable Platter – Money Saver
Every time I see a ready assembled vegetable platter at a grocery store, just to pick up and go to a party, I cringe at its cost. I think it mostly reflects the price of labor, rather than the value of the veggies.
I can understand if you are in a hurry and rally do not have time to put it all together, but even that is not a good enough excuse.
It doesn’t take a culinary genius to cut up raw vegetables, and to arrange them on a platter.
Even if you still have to buy the ready made dip, you will save money, doing the platter yourself.
Here is what you will need:
- Baby carrots (1/2 bag)
- Celery stalks ( 3 stalks)
- Green Peppers (1)
- Red Pepper (optional)
- Yellow Peppers (optional)
- Cherry Tomatoes (1 container)
- Cucumber (one)
I know once you add up the cost of these items you might come up close to what the platter costs, but you will not use up all of these vegetables for this one platter. You will have leftovers for your own use.
If you want to cut down the price even further, skip the peppers all together, and fill up that space with celery. Also, instead of cherry tomatoes you can select broccoli and cauliflower.
You may also substitute the baby carrots with regular carrots, peeled and cut them up to chunks (french fries size), these will also cut down on the cost of carrots. It all depends on your budget and the current price of vegetables.
Maybe you don’t have a vegetable platter to arrange these on, or you don’t want to use your own and worry about bringing it back home. In that case, stop at a Dollar store and purchase one for a Dollar.
Once all assembled, wrap it up with foil, or plastic wrap, and off you go. Not only you will same some money, you will feel good about your creation, and maybe impress someone as well.
TIP: To make a quick and easy vegetable dip, use 1 cup of sour cream, add 1/2 packet of Good Seasons Zesty Italian
flavored salad dressing mix, mix it all up, spoon it in a plastic container and it’s ready. Money saved again. This whole platter will cost about $6, if you do it yourself.