Jeepers Creepers! It is the End of the Month and the WIC or SNAP funds are pretty much toast. The family has to eat…what’s a family to DO?
Making the food budget and the month come out even can be tricky, as you surely have experienced. I have a couple of ideas that may help you get everybody nourished and not have to go to bed hungry.
There was a time when eggs were a bargain. Today that is no longer true. You already know that beans and rice are good values but I’m guessing you’ve had your fill of those.
What about lentils? Have you tried those? They cook in about 20 minutes, come in a variety of colors, provide great fiber and protein and they are cheap as anything.
If you have some onion or carrot to jazz lentils up a bit to add color and nutrition, that is a plus. Just throw some rinsed lentils of whatever color you have into a saucepan, cover them with water, put the lid on the pan and bring them to a boil. When they have reached the boiling point, reduce the heat and let them simmer til they are tender. I like to saute any veggies I add but you don’t need to do that if you are in a rush.
If you are fortunate to have prunes, raisins, canned fruit of any kind, that makes a nutritious dessert and your tummy will thank you.
Another inexpensive go-to is rice and spinach–or any greens you may have access to…turnip greens, kale, chard or cabbage–even beet tops. Cook the rice, add the chopped greens at the last moment to let them wither. Season them with salt, pepper and any other seasonings your gang likes. If you have the luxury of bread, you might like to toast it to offer some crunch to the menu.
If you have other EOM meals that you are famous for, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . WE LOVE MAIL.
We love YOU, too. People who depend on public assistance for their food dollars are not exactly livin’ the dream. We understand and just want to help a little.
You who have shared this site with others by joining and spreading the word are really doing your part to help others. We offer a little series of cooking tips we hope will give you some concrete help. It would be more fun if we could hang out in your kitchen or go grocery shopping with you … this seems to be the next best thing.
Summer is quickly drawing to a close and we’ll be talking about cooler weather ideas soon. Be well, people, and know that you are loved.
PS/Please visit the website for SENCA if you are a resident of South East Nebraska. You may find resources there that will be helpful to you and yours. For instance, they are hosting a FREE cooking class tomorrow in Tecumseh, NE. Their motto is “Helping People; Changing Lives”…it is worth a peek!
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