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Real Food on a Budget, can it be done?

In my continued effort of trying to decipher “Real Food” and how to incorporate these foods into our daily life, this week I read the book by Nina Planck, Real Food: What to Eat and Why. What an interesting book. It really helped to drive home the meaning of ‘real food’ and now I am processing how to do this on a very limited budget. It does cost a bit more to eat organically  and naturallly, but I have to realize that I can’t do it all. No matter how much I want or need to eat grass-fed beef, fresh wild fish, locally raised poultry and pork, I have to pick and choose what I am able to do without doing everything. I will continue to buy organic, fresh produce and we have our own fresh eggs. I will cook with coconut oil, EVOO, and butter. I will incorporate grains and legumes – these are budget friendly. On a daily or weekly basis I am not able to purchase the grass-fed beef or wild fish. I just can’t spend $14 for salmon for one meal or $10-$20 for a local grown fresh chicken. (hmmn, my backyard chickens better mind their manners….)

My goal for this week is to incorporate more ‘real food’. I am working to limit white flour and sugar, but with my plan to make pita bread this week, I will be using unbleached, white flour. I am not sure how to get around this one yet. I have started a new batch of sourdough starter and am using white, whole wheat flour for this. I can’t wait to make bread this week. The starter should be ready by Weds. Stayed tuned for my sourdough bread attempt.

I actually tried a new recipe for Collard Greens and Lentil Soup that used home canned chicken broth that was absolutely yummy along with some cornbread. I also made chili with the beans I canned last October. This was the request of my husband.  Luckily my pantry and spice cabinet are very well stocked. I can’t take credit for the Lentil soup recipe, this is courtesy of  http://mindfulplate.com (thanks Lisa). The cornbread recipe used mostly healthy ingredients and only had a small amount of flour and sugar, so this did fit into my goal.

CORNBREAD

1   1/2 cups organic cornmeal

1/2 cup unbleached bread flour

2 tsp organic baking powder

1 tsp organic sugar

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 c coconut oil or bacon fat (I used bacon fat)

1   1/2 cups buttermilk (didn’t have, so I used regular milk with 1 1/2 tbls. lemon juice)

2 eggs

Heat oven to  450. Mix all ingredients, beat vigorously 30 seconds. Pur into buttered 8×8 pan. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

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Mentally Planning….

Now that the holidays are behind us and the hopes of this new year are looming in front of us, I am focusing on lots of things and nothing at the same time. Too much to think about and maybe too grand of ideas. There are so many things to think about and try to implement in our daily life.  My mind is so full of plans – whether it is ‘Real Food’, going green (or greener), self-sustainability, reading, researching…..my list is endless. I have such good intentions and on a daily basis am pretty good with the foods we eat and reducing waste – whether it’s trash or electricity.

What I have been doing lately is  reading – (I love my Kindle!) Latest books: Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Living like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendy Life by Ed Begley, Jr., and just for fun – Under the Dome by Stephen King (I have to give myself a break from reality once in a while).  I love to read, but I personally don’t enjoy going to the library. I like having the books, since most of my reading is of topics that I refer back to over and over, so if I use library books that have to be returned this just doesn’t work for me. So in my effort to reduce and conserve, my Kindle is the way to go.  It saves money since the highest price new releases are just $9.99 and most are $5 or $6 and I’m not killing a tree. The upfront cost was a bit steep, but technology won me over. I do miss actually “turning” pages and it has taken some getting used to, but I love it!

With so many plans (in my head) I need to step back and maybe focus on one thing at a time. We’ll see how things progress and I can maybe track my changes and growth in all the areas I feel are important.  I need to write my plans instead of thinking my plans. Maybe this will help me implement them….we’ll see.

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