Hearing from all of you about your grocery shopping budgets and philosophies not only made me feel good about what we're doing, but it also gave me a lot of great ideas for how to save more, or do things differently, if necessary.
Thanks, guys! Really. Your thoughts were all very, very reassuring - and helpful!
One of the most interesting responses to yesterday's blog post came from my friend and colleague Deborah Stein. Debbie sent me a chart from the USDA, showing what the gov't considers to be the amount a family should/could spend on home-cooked meals per month.
Couple things I took away from this chart:
- It's the government, and they notoriously UNDERestimate how much it costs to feed people (hello, food stamps?) so whatever they say here is right, I know to add way more.
- It's from 1994, and everything has gone up a thousand times since then, so again, I add more money to whatever they say.
- Look how ridiculously low the "low-cost" level is. And the "thrifty" level? Debbie tells me that that's the level they base food stamps allotments on. Seriously? Seriously, gubment?! That's ree-dic. Sometimes I just can't believe how much our society seems to hate poor people.
Anyway, I wanted to give something back to you all for your thoughtful and helpful responses. So in the spirit of feeding our children healthful, tasty, inexpensive meals, here's a recipe I made that was quick, delicious, inexpensive and a huge hit with the kids, me and Lester, too:
|Yummy in everyone's tummy!|
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 carrots, coarsely grated (2 cups) [ I used shredded carrots, because it's easier.]
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced [ I used a little more garlic, because garlic = yum!]
- Coarse salt and ground pepper [Regular salt and pepper worked just fine.]
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3/4 pound ground turkey (93% lean, dark meat)
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split
Step 1In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium; add carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 2Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 3Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on whole-wheat rolls.
Huge hit! Clair now can even say, "More soppy joe, pees!" That's how much she liked it.
(Note: The recipe was a smidge too sweet for my tastes, even with me adding more vinegar and more Worcestershire [I like my sloppy joes twangy!] so next time I make these, I'll add less brown sugar.)
And Janna, I know this recipe won't help you so much, but I'll try to find something meatless to share just for you! Xxoxx!
Happy eating, all!