Do you find you eat better when you are broke or doing this challenge?
When I am in spend mode we are more likely to buy what we want to eat or order out. When we are in savings mode and/or broke, we eat so much more healthfully and the food is usually better!
For example, this week if I could have I likely would have gone to the store and picked up some veggie burgers, buns, and a bagged salad and potato chips (
) for dinner on thursday. (Sadly, and scarily, I had that $160 spending spree a week ago and there's very little left to show for it already.)
But I couldn't go shopping, so instead I made Meowee's veggie burgers (that I can't stop raving about, made from lentils and brown rice), made the buns from scratch, foraged for enough lettuce to eat from the anemic lettuce patch in the garden (incentive to start watering more often). Then I roasted chunked potatoes with olive oil, garlic and sprinkled on sea salt and nutritional yeast, and defrosted some homemade applesauce that has been languishing in the freezer for ages. that meal was 10x, no, 25x better than what we would have had if we just bought the stuff! We feasted!
Today is another example... I really wanted some pasta e fagioli from my favorite restaurant but instead I made a big, big pot from canned tomatoes, herbs, sugar, nutritional yeast, elbow macaroni (which I have roughly a metric ton of in the pantry) and soaked beans. It probably cost less to make the entire pot (with enough for dinner tonight and plenty of leftovers) than it cost to buy 2 bowls.
I have homemade wheat bread rising and I whipped up a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. All from stuff I have had all along.
I am new to this pantry challenge so this is probably a big "DUH!" to the rest of you, but it's really amazing to me.