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Old 04-12-2014, 11:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I use my crockpot year round once or twice a week...most of my meals are super kid focused though

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At one point in my life I was nearly homeless, had little money and had to really budget my food. Believe me in the long run, buying fresh, good quality food and preparing at home is a greater value.

I would invest in a rice cooker and something like a George Foreman grill. You can buy a pound of ground turkey or beef and make 3-4 burgers, the cooking time is quick about 5 minutes and easy clean up. Then just microwave the leftover burgers. The rice cooker is easy too, then just stir fry a chicken breast and some broccoli, red pepper and mushrooms add some tamari sauce and you have a really healthy meal. With the left over rice, you can make rice pudding - I have that for breakfast.

I'm sorry to hear about your recent episodes, I'm wondering if you modified your diet if these episodes would diminish. There have been recent books published about certain foods causing brain inflammation (gluten in wheat and carbs in general) and how some children with ADHD have been helped when they go gluten free and minimize sugars. I think further studies need to be made, but it is something to look into.

I recently went gluten free. I had a test showing I am sensitive to gluten and soy, but OK with dairy which is great because I love my cheese and cream. Anyway I thought the whole gluten free thing was just a fad, but I would always have headaches and feel bloated, I just thought it was hormones, but now I am not bloated, my stomach is relaxed and I've only had one headache this month which was really from hormones.
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A great value is to buy London Broil when it is on sale "buy one get one free" and cook it in the crock pot. It is a tough cut of meat but it is very lean and cooks down to something you can work with to make shredded beef dishes or if you don't go too far a pot roast. Very flavorful. It is amazing what you can do with a crock pot!
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Don't know if its been mentioned, but spaghetti can be made cheap. When money was tight, lots of eggs, potatoes, beans, and rice.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:19 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yes spaghetti. A few cans of diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, salt n peppr a touch of brown sugar, sausage n ground beef in a crock pot is delicious and you can make tons its easy to freeze noodles are pretty cheap and sauce ingredients may cost 10.00 or 15.00 but you can freeze n eat for weeks comoared to blowing 10 on sauce that may last you 4 meals.

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There are some items which you simply cannot make as cheaply as some prepared items in the grocery store or at fast food restaurants.

There is a reason and mostly because of it being mass produced out of low quality ingredients.

There are many items which one can make much more cheaply if they are good at storing leftovers and shop for deals......and having a love for cooking is a big plus as well.


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I use my crockpot year round once or twice a week...most of my meals are super kid focused though

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That is one thing I'm finding really hard with the crock pot. My kids are grown and out of the house, I am still making way too much food. It is a lot harder to cook for two than for a family.
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Don't know if its been mentioned, but spaghetti can be made cheap. When money was tight, lots of eggs, potatoes, beans, and rice.
That is what we have right now. I got laid off in a mass layoff (almost 2000k people) and unemployment makes things really tight. I also make my own salad dressing. It taste better than bottled kind and less expensive to make.

Some meals we make that will last us about 3 days with leftovers is spaghetti, chili, taco meat with rice, chicken casserole and lots of salads. If I make a lot I will freeze individual portions for quick dinners later in the week.

I try not to buy any processed foods and make it myself. Processed foods have all kinds of crap in them to help them last longer. It's not good for you.

I still think we spend to much on groceries. I'm trying to budget it down more. Another money saver is making your own laundry detergent.
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There are only two of us, but I love using my slow cooker. Most of my recipes end up making around 8 servings - 4 meals. We'll have something two nights in a row and I freeze the rest for two meals in a row in a couple of months. Some people may not want to eat the same thing two nights in a row, but you could have two different meals ready at the same time, and then you'd only be eating one of them every other night.

I did all the cooking up until a couple of years ago. Tom occasionally made breakfast, but he didn't really "cook". He's a general contractor, and when his business got slow and he was bored he decided to teach himself to cook. He searched for recipes online and followed the instructions. Now he has his own Epicurious recipe box (my favorite online recipe site) with a bunch of stored recipes that he likes to make. He's a more literal cook than I am ("but the recipe didn't say that!" or "the recipe said to do this!"), I freely adjust recipes according to my taste, but he does pretty well. The funny thing is that since he doesn't know what's supposed to be difficult for a novice cook, such as making a pie crust from scratch, he's pretty fearless, and will pretty much attempt anything.
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I also make my own salad dressing. It taste better than bottled kind and less expensive to make.
Me too - mine is WAY better than anything I can buy, and it just takes a few minutes to make a batch. This brand of oils and vinegars is available at the grocery store and are really good: o wine vinegar

But this is my all time favorite vinegar - I can buy it at a local farmer's market, or order online: Flavored : Big Paw Grub, unique olive oils and balsamic vinegars
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