Serenetabbie, sure! I can start a thread somewhere with recipes. Since you just mentioned spinach, DH's favorite spinach curry is also super simple: I put a Tbsp of oil in a skillet, a few mustard seeds (they're a staple for us, but I imagine you could just use some garlic and onions for a twist, or replace with cumin seeds or poppy seeds or anything), and just add a package of thawed frozen spinach (usually $0.90 at QFC here) with all the liquid and let it cook, once it's done, I wait until it's not too hot and add two Tbsp of lime juice and mix well. The lime juice goes really well with spinach, and it's a very fast recipe.
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
I have not worried too much about milk. I was a fanatic, but in Canada we don't have hormones in our milk or that other stuff. Yes, the cows are treated really bad but my family requests milk so I buy it for them. I don't drink it myself. I make my own yoghurt and other fermented dairy products.
Beef I have an issue with. I prefer to buy bison than beef. Organic beef is so expensive, but I can buy bison at costco for a very affordable price. It is super good for you. The local bison farms treat bison very differently than beef so that makes feel better.
Produce is a matter of cost. If it costs not too much more I will go organic. I won't pay $5 for one bell pepper though.
I am in the catagory of not poor. We have never known what it is like not to have food to eat. I don't like spending/wasting money on food and that is why I am as frugal as I am when it comes to food buying.
My heart goes out to everyone on these boards who do have to worry about feeding their families. I do know there are a lot of families who feel eating healthy is not possible on a small budget and don't even try. These are the same families who buy potato chips instead of an actual potato, soda instead of tea, pop tarts/sugary cereal instead of oatmeal. That bugs me.
first off, it's been a good read, and i do think i'll try that lentil recipe, thx!
2nd, yeah okay, that water vs. soda example in my OP was goofy, bc i am a dork and didn't rly think about how much a gallon vs. 2 liters IS.
which brings me to my 3rd point--WHY didn't that occur to me at first? i think, because for most of my life i haven't been poor, so i "didn't have to care" about the cost of soda vs. water or pretty much the price of anything else in the grocery store. :
when i first got married, that was the first time in living memory that i coudln't just throw whatever i felt like into the grocery cart. the irony is, we actually did have a decent amount of money for food then, but it was so much less than what i was accustomed to, so i felt poor.
i started this thread because we had been in a major low point for awhile--dp was out of work, and then they screwed up our foodstamps. so all of a sudden we were having to try to eat on a LOT less $$ than we were used to, which i didn't think was enough to begin with!
well, the feeling i get from reading all these posts, is that there are many degrees of poor-ness, and i think past a certain point, you're not able to care about organic this or free-range that because you are having to care about getting ENOUGH to eat. that's where we were last month, and i am so glad to say that we're not anymore. but of course there will always be people for whom survival-mode-living is the norm, and then there will be people who feel "poor" because they can't afford organic, and a thousand variations in between. so i think it also comes down to, how are we defining *poor*?
there's being poor but frugal (aka "having priorities" ), there's poor because of misallocation of resources, there's also poor because of not having any resources. and then, for how long have you been rock-bottom poor? how empty is your pantry? do you have stuff to cook with? are you ill/physically hampered from doing things like cooking or shopping or driving? what if you have no car? all these kinds of things affect how well you can eat....
this thread has given me a lot of cool resources--and hopefully i can use my time and hone my talents so that we can eat better on less $$--because that's a good skill to have even if you're rich! thx guys
Freethinking Earth-mama of five.
My gramma says that being frugal is how you become rich I am waiting for that to happen here though
before any shopping trip I scan the grocery store circulars on line and do my meal planning based on that - like a big pack of chicken breasts was on sale and I bought it, portioned it up, and froze for future dinners
things like diced canned tomatoes and black beans often go on sale for prices like 10 cans for a dollar - I stock up on staples like that
keeping a written inventory of the pantry and freezer reminds me of ingredients we have hand (and prevents buying duplicates)
I stretch one meal into two - roast chicken dinner one night and then I make stock from it the next day and we have a hearty soup the following night
I buy fruits and veggies in season and on sales - pears are cheap right now, and melon - green beans just went on sale and so did broccoli...I buy produce based on what's cheapest. Potatoes are really inexpensive and filling.
we drink mostly water
I don't buy individual containers of things like yogurt, I buy a large container of plain organic and kids eat that with fruit cut up in it and honey - I also make our own frozen pops in the freezer from smoothies or diluted juice - no HFCS that way
After every shopping trip I scan our receipt and see what my more expensive items were and try to think of substitutions or ways to do without
Just what's been working here
Mama to DS (8) and DD (7) Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement.
-ground turkey chili
-lots of cornbread
-pinto beans and cornbread
-cheap desserts like peach cobbler or pudding w/whipped cream
-crock pot dishes
I'm anything but an organic momma We just cannot afford it. However, my family is fed and happy and thats what matters I've came a long way....I used to serve hamburger helper for dinner (nothing wrong w that but it can be expensive) and we would eat out alot.
Before you go groc shopping or make your menu~write down everything you have in your pantry and freezer/fridge. See what things you can make using that stuff then write out your menu (cheap b'fast, lunch, dinner) and what things you need to buy for it.
Always have on hand: baking powder, baking soda, salt/pepper, flour, sugar, cornmeal, ketchup, weiners, maple syrup, canned beans and veggies, rice, dry pasta,bread, ground beef/turkey (buy this when its near expiration and freeze it) dry milk, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, lemon juice, beef/chicken buillon cubes,tomato sauce and a big thing of frozen tator tots.
Drinks: 100count tea bags, koolaid mixes, coffee, water w.lemon juice mixed in (yumm!)
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...ead.php?t=9445 $5 meals!
^^^^^^^ good sites.
And good thoughts to everyone going through hard times. Thinking of you!