Category Archives: 2014

$10 Meal Challenge: Stuffed Pork Loin

by DonR  10 23 14

Stiffed pork loin is a budget friendly alternative to beef and its so easy to cook.

Stuffed pork loin is a budget friendly alternative to beef and it’s so easy to cook.(iclipart illustration of stuffed pork chop)

Pork loin, when purchased from a restaurant supplier, is one of the better food values if you are a flexitarian. We purchased a 7 pound package for two dollars a pound on sale. One thick 9 ounce slice was more than enough for the two of us because it was stuffed with apple dressing. By adding coleslaw, whole grain bread and vegetables, we came close to My Plate  recommendations and under the $10.00 challenge limit. Continue reading

$10 Meal Challenge: Rejuvinating A Bland Pot Pie

By Don R  10/21/2014

Pot pie,  like payalla and hodge-podge lasagna, can be made with almost any veggies. What do you do if it has a dull flavor?

Pot pie, like payalla and Hodge-podge lasagna, can be made with almost any veggies. But if it lacks flavor……?

last night I made a vegetable pot pie that looked great, and all for under $10. Then, I knew I was in trouble when my wife tasted my creation and said  “Honey…” 

It looked beautiful when it came out of the oven and when serving it on plates but one taste and we realized that it was missing a lot of flavor and the texture was a little mushy because I put planned-over macaroni in it. But this entree can be salvaged, read more… Continue reading

$10 Meal Challenge: Glazed Pork & Veggie Udon Noodles

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Here is a tasty $10 meal your family will love. This stir-fried meal is possible only because we had some leftover peppers, cauliflower, ginger and onion in the refrigerator. When you stir-fry these together with inexpensive pork loin and Udon noodles from Cash and Carry you will have plenty of healthy food to eat for under $10. Continue reading

Assemble A Meal For $10 to Feed A Family of Six

By donR  10/19/1014

This meal can be assembled for less than $1.66 per plate. Read more...

This meal can be assembled for less than $1.66 per plate. Read more…

That’s correct, a $10 family meal.  There are lots of examples in this blog but the idea needs to be revisited once in a while to check.  With current price increases in beef and fresh produce am I dreaming or is it still possible? To answer this, we set a goal to assemble five $10 meals before the end of this month. Since there are just the 2 of us we will plan for six and freeze the extra 4 meals. In any case, we are hoping to stay under $1.66 per plate. Continue reading

Cook-In #2: Learning From each Other

During the cook-in we bagged pulled turkey meat so everyone could take some home for other meals.

During the cook-in we bagged pulled turkey meat so everyone could take some home for other meals.

Fifteen participants joined us for our second Cook-In. We spent the evening assembling a meal together, boxing food to take home, sitting down to enjoy the meal together and sharing ideas. The focal point of the meal was to cook turkeys but when it came to sharing ideas everyone had lots of things to say.

Planning, Preparing and Sharing are the cornerstone of the Family Meals Project and this cook-In allowed for lots of sharing. It was both fun and enlightening to take part in the discussions. Continue reading

Dinner Table Talk: Which Is Healther, This or That?

Or This?

Or This?

Which is healhier, This?

Which is healthier, This?

 

 

Eating Well magazine posted a challenge to its readers,”Which  is healthier, popcorn  or pretzels?”  and several more “This or That questions.” These questions would certainly start some interesting conversations round the family dinner table. Continue reading

Introducing Miss Olivia’s Kitchen: Master Biscuit Mix

Watch Miss Olivia create a Master Biscuit Mix with whole wheat flour

Watch Miss Olivia create a Master Biscuit Mix with whole wheat flour. Just click on the picture and she magically appears.

Miss Olivia Rieland wants to learn more about ABC, Affordable Basic Cooking. She also appears in local play productions. So, we asked her to take a lead role as a chef in our new recipe video series ‘Miss Olivia’s Kitchen.’ These videos will be used in Ferndale Food Bank classes and community presentations. As with all our publications, The videos may be downloaded and used for not-for-profit activities. Just ask us for permission and acknowledgement. Continue reading

Five Dinner Table Questions: Share With Family

 

The right questions at the dinner table can inspire conversation and build positive relationships between family members.

The right questions at the dinner table can inspire conversation and build positive relationships between family members.

Anil Gupta suggests five questions be posed at the dinner table. These conversation starters are non-threatening and everyone can contribute to the conversation. Anil’s workshops focus on building relationships which is important as the family sits around the dinner table. Continue reading

It’s Not Too Late To Save Hundreds of Dollars On Groceries. Act Now!

stock-up-100x128October is the time of year when Northwest farmers have harvested their crops and are beginning to till the soil to get ready for next year. But if your family acts quickly you can still glean fruit and vegetables from the fields and orchards at a reduced price or free. Here are 5 ways to preserve produce and bolster your pantry. Continue reading