Tuesday, July 9, 2013

eat to live: on a budget

most people i know are on some kind of budget and as i tell my kids, "even if we were billionaires the Lord would still want us to be wise with our {His} money!"
unfortunately, eating healthy takes a little extra effort and money.  but, if there's a will there's way!

our garden this year is providing a lot of fresh food for our family, my in-laws and scout's rabbits. 

last night was veggie night: fresh gluten-free cornbread, fried potatoes and onions in kerrygold butter, fresh slices of cucumbers and tomatoes and lightly steamed zucchini with sea salt and more fabulous kerrygold butter.  the only things purchased were the cornbread items {which we buy in bulk}, butter and the potatoes {20 lbs for $2.49}.  

most of our meals have some kind of protein but on a hot summer night sometimes all we need are veggies!

tonight's meal consisted of protein, we had black bean soup cooked all day in a crock pot on low over brown rice.  our sides were left over cornbread, cucumber onion salad in vinegar and a little sugar, fresh tomatoes and peas.  the beans we also purchase in bulk and stored in the freezer.

one of the things i love about buying in bulk {besides saving money} is that there is always something to eat!  we usually always have brown rice flour, stone ground corn meal, organic oats, beans and brown rice on hand as well as carrots, potatoes, onions and celery...they are so versatile!

~Black Bean Crock Pot Soup~

black beans soaked over night.  {i don't measure, sorry!}
vegetable broth {homemade, recipe follows}
diced carrots, onions and celery.
bay leaves.
spices of choice and sea salt. 
let simmer on low for 8 hours or until done.  i use a hand blender to blend about half the soup for a thicker consistency.
serve over brown rice for a complete meal.  optional garnishes are cilantro, chopped onion. fresh veggies or a salad on the side are extra nice! 

another way we save money {and eat better!!} is by making your own vegetable stock.  i made the batch for tonight's supper last night after putting the beans in a bowl to soak.  eating better does take some forethought and planning.

~Homemade Vegetable Stock~
2 carrots
1 onion halved
1 large potato - scrubbed and quartered not peeled
2 or 3 stalks celery with leaves
fresh parsley if you have it
garlic cloves
sea salt
2 bay leaves
again, i don't measure the water, i just fill up our pot!  let this simmer with the lid on for about 30-40 minutes.  spoon cooked veggies out and use in compost!

there are people who make homemade bone broth but i'm just not that brave yet.  if it peaks your interest here* ya go!

*Kerrygold butter is found at our local grocery store and is super good tasting AND good for us!  it is made from grass fed cows in ireland...yum!  a healthy body must have healthy fats!! 

happy eating!

1 comment:

  1. sounds wonderful... thanks for the recipe and we love Kerry gold!!!!!


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