Eating, Vibrant Living!
Costs Getting to You?
you and your family are anything like ours, you have
probably seen the cost of food skyrocket. We
live on a budget and it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay
within our budget with the rising cost of food, fuel and just about
everything else. Every time we
glance at the headlines, or catch a few moments of the evening news, it
seems that rising food costs are the primary topic.
So, I thought I would try to capture some of
the things we are doing during this financial crunch to minimize the
impact to our budget. Hopefully
these will also help you and your economic outlook.
We are cooking more
meals with beans - all kinds of beans.
dried and canned beans have seen a jump in price, they are still an
incredibly inexpensive way to enjoy healthy, hearty fare the whole
family will enjoy. For bean recipes, click here
We are using our slow
cooker to prepare meals.
long days of summer our air conditioner can make our electric bill
Rather than heating up the
house with the stove and oven, I simply prepare a meal in the crockpot
and let it simmer all day or overnight in the garage.
I've added two new crockpot recipes, Lentil and Kale Soup
and Farmer's Market Chili
Much to my surprise and delight, my kids love both of these!
We have been keeping a
very accurate and up-to-date shopping list so that we only have to make
one trip a week to the grocery store. I
have found that the more often I am in a store, the more I spend.
We have recently been
participating in a local co-op. I
have been pleasantly surprised at how much we have been able to save
while beginning to enjoy organic fruits and vegetables.
You may have to do a little networking
and detective work to find one, but I have found it is definitely worth
We have always paid
close attention to the price of food, and now we are even more diligent.
I have started planning my menu
after I have shopped the sales and kitchen produce at our local co-op.
It's been an interesting change.
Some weeks we gorge ourselves on plums
, and other
weeks on bananas
Some weeks on zucchini
weeks on eggplant
It makes for an interesting way to eat -
and one which we all love.
end of the week when plums were plentiful and inexpensive, we are ready
to move on to the next good deal.
kind of reminds me of how people must have eaten before the appearance
of the global marketplace and the advent of food preservation.
We have also become
hyper-vigilant about not wasting any of our food.
If I end up throwing some of our good
deals away, then they end up not being a good deal after all.
So, we pay close attention to our fresh
fruits and veggies.
appears to be slipping past its prime, I alter my menu for the day or
chop it and freeze it for future use.
fruit is always great in smoothies
vegetables are a great way to make a quick and easy stir-fry or soup.
Tim Russert, of NBC's Meet the Press, recently
passed away from a heart attack. Here is
an interesting article from Dr John McDougall, a leading authority on
health and nutrition. Read what he says could have saved Russert's
life, and will help to prolong yours.
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