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The van ate my grocery money.... 
Aug. 14, 2009 5:08 am 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2009 4:12 am
Well, it didn't REALLY eat it... but we had a ball joint go out on the van and since my husband drives that vehicle to work, it has to be fixed.  So, once again, we are living from the pantry (mostly).  I am almost out of eggs and milk so that will have to be replaced.  Oh, and dog food--although after the garden incident I'm thinking twice about that. (Just kidding--don't post about how horrible I am for not feeding my dogs!)

So after a quick look-see thru the pantry and freezer, I have found some recipes on AR that will get us through.  I am especially looking forward to trying FOODGU1's Szechwan Shrimp.  The recipe has great reviews and sounds wonderful.  Luckily I have a bag of shrimp in the freezer, but I'm thinking one could use about any meat on hand.  We have the first broccoli from the front garden in and so that would go well with the shrimp.  It is also a very healthy recipe.

Speaking of healthy recipes-we are trying to change our lifestyle in regards to being healthy.  My husband, myself, and now my daughter are all diabetic or pre-diabetic so nutrition has become very important in our house.  How that is going to pan out with a $60/wk grocery budget remains to be seen and I am always open to tips and suggestions.

Aug. 14, 2009 10:14 pm
I absolutely love AllRecipes' ingredient search function. It makes it so easy to find dishes that fit what you have on hand. I suggest checking out a local farmer's market for fresh produce... it's usually much cheaper than the grocery stores and MUCH more fresh. Lentils are a great source of healthy protein and fiber and are super cheap. Tofu is cheap too and is very versatile, as well as healthy. Good luck! :)
Aug. 17, 2009 4:35 am
Thanks for the suggestions! I love the ingredient search as well. Very helpful when you have a limited supply. We do have a very small farmer's market so I try to access what I can from there and also my own gardens.
Oct. 1, 2009 4:12 am
robin i just found your blog, i think it's great that you can feed your family on $60 a thats tight...i too have a sugar problem, and my hubby is in perfect health, so he wants all the meat & mashed tators & gravy ...that kind of stuff to eat ,so it's hard for me to try to eat .."right"..but i'm trying, anyway i love your blog keep on typing i'm here reading
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I'm not a chef, I'm a cook-and I believe there is a difference. My interest is in low-budget, healthy, family-friendly meals. I am convinced you can eat well and not break the bank. Personally, I am married with three kids. My oldest moved back home last year to finish school. She is 23 and loves to cook as well. We enjoy watching the Food Network together! My oldest son is 22 and lives on his own about 60 miles away. My youngest son is five and is just beginning to help me in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Anything fresh from my garden.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve is when we try new appetizer recipes. The whole evening is dedicated to snacking and family time!
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A meatloaf pie with 1/4 cup of pepper instead of 1/4 tsp. My family still won't let me live that down! But in my defense, I was only about 10-11 years old.
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