Mother Connie, like many of our Members, has been devastated by the news that both political parties threw America’s poor and hungry under the bus. No doubt you have been feeling the pinch in your own life. Many times I have asked myself and others, “What are people to DO?”
Yesterday my good friend, Renita, sent me the story she had seen in the Lincoln Journal Star about “The Odd Couple”. It’s the piece that tells all about how 2 very different people had the same idea about feeding the hungry in Lincoln, NE by growing food for them. You can read about these heroes by clicking here: Lincoln Journal Star
So if you have been feeling forgotten or alone in your plight to feed those in your household, this might give you some hope. In case you do not live in Lincoln, NE you might be the one who could start a garden wherever you are.
If you are using SNAP or WIC funds to buy food, this little corner of the internet is dedicated to helping YOU. There is no doubt in my mind that YOU are the experts, not Mother Connie. You are the ones in the trenches day after day. You have learned all the tricks and tips that keep your loved ones fed and you most likely have much to teach me and share with others. Your ideas are always well received.
Some of you are users of food commodities and food banks, food pantries. We hope we are providing help for YOU, too.
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Have you bought a can of beans lately? Canned beans are something I consider to be a luxury these days; a convenience food. When I had to pay $1.65 for a can of red kidney beans I nearly fainted. That kind of pricing is really a blow to anyone’s food budget! After all, who is not living on a dime?
Well, I am happy to tell you that the Food Fairy came by with her magic wand and we are the delighted recipients of a LOT of red beans! Beans are one of my most favorite foods ever and I love cooking with them. Immediately I filled a pot with beans and water and soaked them for 24 hours. I drained the water, added fresh water and cooked them on a low-medium heat til they were tender. My next move was to add a pinch or two of baking soda so they would not produce gas after being digested. I added a bit of broth and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Since I had no ham or bacon, I just served them as is–beans in broth. OMYGOODNESS! They were sooo good.
Dessert was simply canned apricots. Just a touch of nourishing sweetness to finish the meal.
To the beans that were left I added a can of tomatoes, a little ground beef left from a previous meal, and some onions. It made a hearty soup.
It’s most convenient to have cooked beans in the fridge to toss into salads or soups or mash and add to ground meat to s t r e t c h it as far as possible. Cooking your own is simple and extremely cost effective! It surely beats paying $1.65!
Tonight I will be making a stir fry dish with a bit of pork, some zucchini squash, broccoli and-you guessed it-beans! I will also add some pre-cooked brown rice. That will make for a complete protein, a beautiful plateful and 2 full tummies!
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