Yesterday I decided to make a comment on the Natural News Facebook page. Shane says I should have known better. Rarely does any comment made, even in complete innocence accomplish anything good.
The question was about the $36 a month decrease in food stamp “benefits” for a family of 4. (Which, btw, isn’t really a decrease but a return to the original amount)
I’m almost sorry I did. I don’t understand people who feel that they can make snarky, judgmental comments to people they don’t even know.
As Michelle on the TV show Full House used to say…How Ruuuude!
Here’s the dialogue:
Me: I say suck it up folks and learn how to cook! I feed my family of 6 (including 2 teen boys) on less than what a family of 4 receives in food stamps. Seriously, people get free money and want to complain about losing less than $10 a week? The entitlement mentality stinks!
My reply received at least 10 thumbs up and these 2 darling comments.
1. “Do you have a kitchen to cook in? A freezer to store in? A reliable vehicle to get around in? 2 jobs? Stores with decent food close by?”
2. “What kind of food are you feeding your family, exactly? I shudder to think.”
And my reply:
NO junk food! I cook from SCRATCH mostly, I KNOW unheard of in this day and age where a frozen dinner is “homemade” We have Trader Joe’s about an hour away. We do live in the country and have access to raw milk, grass-fed beef and fresh eggs, And (1st commenter) we do it on ONE income, I home educate my children while my husband busts his butt to provide for us; yeah, I know that’s unheard of too in this day! I’ve NEVER seen an apartment without a kitchen, and never seen a store with that didn’t carry flour and eggs; even in the inner city (and yes, I’ve been there). Any other questions?
Then I decided to add:
But I am so touched that you would give a care about what I’m feeding my children. You might be surprised to know that I know SEVERAL single income families, some bigger than ours, that work their butt off to provide good, healthy food for their families.
(yeah, I admit I was a little snarky back, but seriously it was my opinion on the subject and I don’t know what business either of these people have questioning my food choices for my family. )
Another lady asked for my menu plan. I’m hoping that she was sincere, and took it as such. While I’m not going to subject myself to that kind of scrutiny, I am honored that she would ask. I did write an abbreviated version of what is below.
One of my go to recipe books is Saving Dinner by LeAnne Ely. Several of our family favorites now come from this book.
However, I don’t really think eating good foods on a budget is about meal plans as much as it is about avoiding expensive processed food by cooking from scratch.
My motto is to “do the best I can with what I have”.
I avoid the dirty dozen when possible, no HFCS. I buy all my corn products at Trader Joes (it’s supposed to be non GMO), or the local farmers market in season. We pay $4 a gallon for raw milk-a lot less than in most places. I grind my own flour and make my own cream of mushroom soup (yes, I do used canned mushrooms). It takes about 5 minutes to make. We have an Amish community about an hour away, I stock up on spices, oatmeal and other assorted items. I also utilize Vitacost, for many items and Tropical Traditions for tomato puree and coconut oil by the 5 gallon bucket once a year (they often have free shipping on Mondays).
We also recently started raising our own meat. Pork and beef. We’ve butchered our own chickens before and would love to do it again. I realize a lot of this is not possible for many; but everyone can mix together pancake batter, it really doesn’t take much longer than pouring a boxed mix into a bowl and adding water. The TV dinner was invented in the 1950’s and didn’t really become popular in the 70’s. Everyone cooked from scratch back then, most on one income.
We also don’t have a microwave, and haven’t really missed it except to heat coffee, lol.
we rarely, drink coke. Water and coffee are the two staple drinks in our house. Although, I will make lemonade and tea on occassion.
I will sometimes add millet to ground beef to stretch it some
I make my own bone broth
If I remember, I will soak kidney beans for chili instead of using canned beans.
Frozen or fresh vegetables and I haven’t always been good about making them; I’ve always been a meat and potatoes gal. Although I am getting better. Canned vegetables are NASTY and have little nutritional value.
Aldi’s chicken has no added hormones…sometimes that’s the “best I can do, with what I have”
I LOVE spices!
I make my own spaghetti sauce (and sometimes when I my wonderful neighbor brings me bags of tomatoes, the tomatoes are fresh and not from a jar).
Some of my healthy eating goes out the window when it comes to church fellowship meals, 4th of July and any other large gatherings,
Remember? I do the best I can with what I have. Paying 3 times the amount for a items that will be eaten mostly by people that are not as concerned about their eating habits is not worth it to me.
I consider myself a real food snob in my own home, but I would NEVER offend any of my friends or family by refusing to eat what they offer me-I just refuse to think about what I’m eating, lol. We go out to eat, although I must admit I haven’t missed McDonald’s one bit.
I believe that God is big enough to keep me healthy if I eat junk food every so often. 🙂
And pre-packaged convenience food is NOT cheap!