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One of my greatest challenges in homemaking is managing the food budget. I have certain dietary standards that I have set for my family and we try to stick to them as much as possible. We are mostly able to accomplish this through these means:
-Growing, raising as much as possible in our backyard.
-We eat meat only 2-3 nights a week.
-Buying organic grains, beans, and spices in bulk.
-Purchasing fruits and veggies that are in season.
At least one night a week I challenge myself to create a dinner meal that costs $2 or less. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 10. It’s a fun challenge and forces me to get creative (especially with the rising costs in food these days).
“The $2 Dinner Plate” meal this week was this…
Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Herbs
Served over quinoa and topped with an over-easy egg.
-Olive/Coconut Oil or butter
-1 onion, chopped
-1/4 cup fresh garlic chives
-1/4 cup fresh parsley
-1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans
-1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
-1/2 lemon, or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-1 tomato chopped (optional)
salt, pepper to taste
Directions: Saute onion in oil or butter for 5 minutes. Stir in garbanzo beans and season with salt and pepper. Add chard (or seasonal greens) to pan and cook until just wilted. Add tomato and lemon (or apple cider vinegar) now. Heat through.
Serve: Serve chard and beans over prepared quinoa or rice. Cook an egg (or two or three) till over-easy and place a top chard and beans. Season each serving with a handful of fresh chives and parsley.
- Pastured eggs: Free (backyard hens)
- Herbs: Free (backyard herb garden)
- Swiss chard: Free (backyard garden)
- Dried Beans: $0.28
- Onion: $0.20
- Lemon: $0.15
- Quinoa: $1.25
Total = $1.88
-Use whatever greens you have on hand. Seasonal greens such as kale and spinach are perfect.
-I usually add tomatoes but I didn’t have them on hand.
-Garlic makes a nice addition to this meal if you happen to have some.
-Cook your rice/quinoa in homemade bone broth for nutritional bonus points.
How do you feed your family on the cheap (and healthy)?