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Buy Locally Grown Food And Lower Your Meal Cost?

by donR  July 7, 2015

Lisa and McKenzie, registered nutritionists  share light and tasty recipes on their website.

Lisa and McKenzie, registered nutritionists share light and tasty recipes on their website.

I repeatedly hear that “It’s more expensive to cook with local produce and meats.” But Lisa Samuel, a highly regarded nutritionist, shares ideas about assembling budget-friendly meals that utilize locally grown foods. “Making Local Foods Affordable” is a topic in the latest newsletter. Visit Lisa and McKenzie’s website nourish RDs to get the whole story. Continue reading

Find Gold In Your Refrigerator Freezer.

 Find Gold In Your Refrigerator Freezer. By Don R

hands 150xI met a mother who is among the 50 million Americans living at or near poverty level. It was heartwarming to hear her story about discovering a package of pulled chicken in the freezer and how this find brightened her day.  I’ve asked her to tell the story.

“My family and I have lived on one income for 5 years now, and, especially in this economy, we have had to learn to be creative when it comes to meal time. This creativity has meant that I have to make most everything from scratch, using low-cost ingredients and planning ahead. Through trial and error, I have learned to stock up on basics, and menu-plan.

This strategy works great for me, but sometimes “life” happens! No matter how hard we try to stay on top of things, there are still those days when my children are sick, I am too busy to cook, or we have an “emergency”. Well, this happened to me the other day.

It was like finding gold in my freezer!

I had no idea what I was going to cook for dinner and it was already 6:00 pm. I went to the freezer to see what I could come up with. I was so relieved to find a bag of pre-cooked rotisserie chicken shredded and ready to go that my father had given me! It was like finding gold in my freezer!  I ran it under tepid water,

Sauteed planned-overs make a quick meal.

sautéed planned-overs make a quick meal.

and quickly sautéed it with veggies and rice I had saved from yesterday. Dinner was done in 5 minutes! This experience has motivated me to always have 2 or 3 bags of cooked rotisserie chicken on hand in my freezer for those frantic days.”    Kate Seattle, WA

Oftentimes it is the little things that enrich our lives or save us from stress. If you have a story to tell, share it with us, We are listening

Hearty Winter Soup: Pt.1:Start With A Stock

Penne turkey soup was made from a basic soup stock. Simply toss planned-overs into the stock for a hearty treat. (photo by iclipart)

Penne turkey soup was made from a basic soup stock. Simply toss planned-overs into the stock for a hearty treat. (photo by iclipart)

Why would anyone want to make their own soup stock? Choose the best answer:

  • It is budget-friendly – like almost free!
  • Recycles food scraps
  • Filling and aids digestion
  • Flavorful even without the salt or fat
  • Easy to make
  • Nutritious

I choose them all. Continue reading and I will gladly share the full story. Continue reading