Many years ago I started noticing all of the extra ingredients that were in the food I was buying. Being on a strict budget, I stretched the family dollar by buying cheap foods like macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, and so on. I clipped coupons and I shopped sales, often going to two or more grocery stores in a week to get their sale items and their free items with a minimum purchase of $25. I knew how to work the system, or so I thought. After awhile, I felt like my time was wasted as I noticed that purchasing the ingredients to make a meal myself was often cheaper than buying the sale priced instant product.
I also noticed that these bargain foods seemed to last forever. If I misplaced a box of macaroni and cheese in the back of my cupboard for a year, it was still good. Even if it was the kind that had the cheese sauce already prepared in the tinfoil packet. What was in this food that made it shelf stable for so long? I knew that whatever it was, it couldn’t be as good for you as regular ingredients like cheese, milk, butter, and water.
The organic movement was just starting, and no one really knew what the term organic really meant. There wasn’t a lot of trust in that label early on. But I started to look more carefully at the meals I was feeding to my family. I learned about healthier eating, cooking quick meals, and stretching my budget in different and more healthy ways. I found great tools that made my life easier, and I want to share all of that information here. I am not a nutritionist, I’m not a chef, and I’m not in the medical field. I’m a working mom who cares about what my family eats. I love to cook, and I love to serve delicious, healthy, inexpensive meals.
Welcome to my journey as I continue to learn more!