Even though it’s summer, or maybe especially because it is summer, people want fast food and they want it NOW. Some folks skip breakfast because they are rushed to get to work; everyone can be on varying sleeping schedules because of vacation times — you all know the drill. That’s when convenient finger-food is really important.
When it’s time for lunch everyone wants something fast so they can go play. Dinner time comes and people arrive at the table at varying times or, worse, sit in front of a screen as they eat.
Fresh fruits and veggies make for great meal plans, whether it’s a meal or a snack.
Let’s use yesterday’s lunch in the Club House for example:
We expected a lunch guest who is very diet conscious. She has recently shed some weight and is eager to maintain her new norm. To honor this, I prepared a HUGE salad at very low cost. It had Romaine lettuce, onion, celery, mushrooms, red pepper, cauliflower and frozen peas. It had a home made honey/mustard dressing so it was the perfect companion to the main dish. Oh. I used a bit of leftover ground beef to top off the salad. It had already been seasoned so it only needed to be heated and that took almost no time to manage.
Our guest favored us with a bowl of fresh fruit, which served as a luscious ‘as-is’ dessert. No topping; no dressing; just naked chunks of peach, apple, and strawberries. Nothing spendy, really.
SIDEBAR: We were surprised and delighted to add 2 more plates to the lunch table when some friends happened by as we came to the table. Just as in the story of the loaves and the fishes there was plenty of food and we even had enough food left over for another meal! END SIDEBAR
We were loaded with adequate protein and fiber – solid nutrition with minerals and vitamins and flavor, so we were not searching for snacks between lunch and dinner.
With food costs soaring it’s important to get enough nutrition in the foods we eat so as to keep the costs as low as possible.
It’s hard to juggle work/play/food prep/food costs with family and friends in every 24 hour span of time. We GET that. That’s why we exist. It is our intention to be of service each day in our own little way. You need to feel that someone cares and that you matter, BECAUSE YOU DO MATTER and of course, we care of we would not address the issue every week day.
If you or someone you know is using public assistance, living on a dime or has an EBT card for SNAP or WIC you may want to share this information with them. Users of food pantries, food commodities, food banks, food drops or those who are thrifty by nature might like to become Members here at Food Stamps Cooking Club. We appreciate passing the word and we do offer a little series of cooking tips. Plans are in the works for a Cooking Class, which we hope can happen in the fall.
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