|A healthy salad of "Mock Tuna Fish" (Garbanzo Beans), with lettuce, tomato and whole-grain crackers.|
One of their “healthy dinner” ideas was tuna noodle casserole and some veggie. Ok, I’ll grant you that was healthy, but really... what child these days willingly eats Tuna & Noodles?? And with tuna being offered there for $1 for one can.... Sheesh! That seemed rather expensive.
Deli roasted whole chickens go on sale for $4.99. You could use the one-two cups in a noodle casserole, still have plenty of meat for sandwiches or tacos or another casserole and the bones for soup/stock. The classic “Rubber Chicken” (it stretches and stretches for several meals.) $5 of tuna would give you, just tuna. Tuna sandwiches and tuna-noodles and what else?? I personally can’t think of too many dishes I’d make with tuna (at least ones that Farmer-dear would actually eat!)
I shouldn’t complain, because I’m thankful my favorite grocery stores do have sales on “ingredients” from time to time. Especially right before the holidays. I try to stock up on baking ingredients, herbs & spices, canned goods. With a full pantry, our good home-raised beef, the local pork and organic chickens we buy from the producers, I am able to keep our grocery list smaller and look for those items found around the exterior aisles of the store. The produce, dairy and loss leaders.
Dairy items that have been on sale lately: yogurt and cheese.
Some better prices in produce: citrus and potatoes
Another suggestion for you, dear Puffins... consider stocking up on Flour, Sugar, Cornmeal, Dry Cereals. You may have not noticed but the grain commodity prices have been extremely high lately! As farmers/grain producers, we are not complaining, but as consumers I wonder what the fallout from $13 beans, $6 corn and $7 wheat will be?!
I have my 2 unopened 60# bags of milling wheat here, but I need to stock up on unbleached white flour for cookies. I’m not sure of my oatmeal or cornmeal (which I could mill from popcorn) and I haven’t kept track of rice prices but that is another item I should keep in bulk. I also wonder with grain being so high, will this cause meat and dairy prices to go up? Grain is livestock feed too.
|My Whisper Mill and white winter wheat berries for milling.|
I don’t mean to cause panic, but it is food for thought and something you may want to discuss as a family.
Now that the busy time of the holidays is waning for me again, I need to get back into baking our bread and cooking more from scratch. We’ve weeded out most of the processed foods from the house (well, Farmer will have a few “treats” around...) and he’s been very good about trying some new recipes that he was sure he wouldn’t like. “Dirty Rice” was tolerable, but “Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken” was a hit.
|Healthy foods- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almonds, Hard Cheese, Herbs and Garlic...also known as Pesto!|
And in the interest of our health, we’ve been eating at least 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. A Vit D supplement, plenty of filtered water and new this year, 7-9 hours of sleep each night. We can’t stop the aging process, but we can do all we can to maintain our health.
What are you doing in the healthy cooking, eating or maintaining health areas of your life? I’d love to know.