How come it’s so hard to find a cook book that’s both cheap and healthy recipes? Most of them call for a can of this and a can of that and some packaged what-ever-else. The best one I’ve found is Crazy Plates and they usually don’t use packaged things so I’ve ordered their next one called Eat Shrink and Be Merry. I photocopied the recipes I wanted from Leanne….photocopying makes me sooooooooo glad. *sigh*.
I’m trying to build a repertoire of good recipes to use that are really cheap and totally from scratch. I know the from scratch thing sounds daunting but I’ve actually been cooking from scratch for 2 years now. Of course I buy pasta and canned tomatoes and ketchup and stuff but nothing else. So I don’t do recipes that call for can of mushroom soup or something. I’m pretty frightened of msg and it’s usually in all of that stuff. They don’t have to label it all the time, they are allowed to put it under “spices”. Anyway, just my personal thingie that’s really important to me. The only thing I cheat with is a package of mushroom gravy in my shepherds pie 🙂 And Wendy’s….and Burger King….:)
So I’m having trouble building my personal binder of recipes because I have to filter through all the junk food. I really want to pre plan meals so we can cut down on the food bill, it really really really helps. I also want to plan for more veggies and make things where I can hide more veggies from Silas because it’s like pulling teeth to get him to eat veggies.
I love cooking with lentils and beans. Quinoa is really fun to use too and it’s chalked full of protein. I try to not use a lot of meat because I don’t think we need so much of it and because it’s fatty and expensive. I’m going to give you the most amazing recipe for Lentil soup for you people who are scared of lentils. It’s easy, my husband actually made it while I was in counseling one day. It’s a Greek soup called Fakes and it’s tasty tasty good. Try it…I dare ya! And don’t omit the vinegar at the end, it’s important…ooo and have a grain with it like whole wheat bread or rice or else you wont absorb the protein :).
One day I might put together my own cook book of healthy, cheap food. I really love creating recipes and playing with flavors. I’m just out of inspiration these days…aka I no longer get the Food Network.
Want to share some of your cheap and healthy meal ideas with me? I like any kind of food so bring it on baby! Just no nuts 🙂
Ikey is walking even more today. Every time I try and video him something goes wrong so I only have tiny clips of it. Poop.
Silas is less angry but still slightly violent. I wish it were sunny so he could play with his sand and water table outside 🙁 He just made me switch over the laundry and put a new load in though. He is good for something…now to get him to fold…..
As for me, I’m tired and I’m also going through a major Queen phase, this is after my massive Beatles phase. I haven’t been too familiar with either of them (except the massive hits) so I’m learning about some great musicians a little late in the game. Better now than never though :). I’m loving Queen and I’m saying a lot of “This is a Queen song??”. The same thing I did with the Beatles. Silas and Ikey LOVE we will rock you. Silas is working on the rhythm to go with it and is doing really well with it. He can stay on beat, it’s just the coordination. He has no idea the important things he’s learning when we do that together…I love it.
K Leah, stop talking.