Eating Simply; it does not mean eating poorly by any means. I have written about this subject before, but I thought I would write once again since I actually took a picture of what our eating habits look like around the farm.
This whole order from Country Life Natural Foods, which I split with my Mother cost us $146.00. Out of that $146.00 order, there were 50 pounds of brown rice, 10 pounds flour, a six-pack of rice milk, 5 pounds each of kidney beans, French green lentils, small red beans (mmm, think red bean’s & rice), quinoa, navy beans (all organic) and a 10-ounce package of Bay leaves (not shown).
A lot of the order will go into canned soups and stews so Hubs and I have something easy when I don’t feel like cooking or I’m just too damn tired. The canned chili below (which I’m sure as I write this is already missing a jar or two since I left the house) comes in real handy on a cold lazy Sunday with a hunk of fresh bread slathered in butter.
If I put a good portion of a day aside for cooking and canning I have 6 to 8 meals prepared which is really nice.
And I know when it comes to canning, after spending 10-12 hours standing at my kitchen counter, I laugh when I hear others ask if it’s all advantageous when you can buy a can of soup or chili for a couple bucks in the grocery store.
For me though, when all of that work is done, you know where your food has come from, and you have all of these beautiful jars of tasty soup, chili and toppings to add to meals, which in my eyes it was all worth it.
I know a lot of people that complain about how expensive it is to eat these, yet they buy processed and/or fast food daily. Then rather than eat something cheaper and a bit healthier even if it is processed, they think they deserve steak, lobster, shrimp, and many other high-end foods. Sure you are going to pay good money for high end products and convenience- in both cash and your health.
Don’t get me wrong, Hubs and I still dine out, but it is generally once a month if that, and that meal we dine out on is considered a treat for the both of us, not by any means a requirement. And although we get a good meal that we rave about occasionally, we come home a lot more times than not, saying we could have made better right here at home and saved $30 or $40 bucks. Usually we go out for the experience, or the get out of the house aspect of the dining experience.
People are lazy. And yet they will bitch to no end that it’s expensive to feed themselves and their family, or that they are fat… and the latter is being said by someone who is far from svelte, but you’ve done it to yourself.
Yes eating inexpensively and simply and maybe even a bit humbly takes time, preparation and some work. However, never do we eat poorly by any means, and generally; we eat like kings.
And I totally get that some people do not like or even love to cook, but consider your options these days. We would rather spend our money on chrome than poor tasting food!
And I believe in the saying below for any excuse you throw my way because I’m too busy, I don’t have the time. I don’t like to cook. I don’t know how to cook. I don’t have the room. I don’t have the money…does not fly with me.
If it is truly important to you, (no matter what ‘it’ is) YOU will make the time.