I think I will start off with the confession. We are a meat and potatoes kind of family. Glad I got that off my chest. Trying to cook from scratch and make healthy meals is really a challenge for us. My kids have been eating processed food for so long that I make things and sometimes they never eat any of it. The almost 20 year old it is not a big deal for because he is gone most of the time, between work and school and doesn't really eat here very much. I like salads, but not really any other veggies. My children have followed in my footsteps. I am still trying, just not succeeding very well.
Grocery shopping today was depressing. I read all these wonderful blogs about people getting fresh locally grown food. We live in a small town with only two produce stores and they don't really carry local grown food. I have a friend with chickens and as soon as the weather warms up I will be purchasing or bartering for her eggs. I have looked in to organic beef online and I just can't afford it. We have a friend at church that know most of the county and I am going to check with her about local beef and chicken. Here is what I spent for groceries that will barely last us two weeks. 13.00 at the produce store for cherry tomatoes, bag of red potatoes, 6 pink lady apples, bunch of bananas, bag of spinach for salads, and a bag of red seedless grapes. At Walmart I spent 49.37 for nesquick, cocoa pebbles, sugar, three bags of chips, taco seasoning, two boxes of mac and cheese, spaghetti noodles, clothesline and pins, bread, toilet paper, two bottles of diet soda, dishwasher detergent, two packs of muffin mix, cheezits, and a gallon of bleach. At Ingles I spent 66.58 for taco shells, dry milk, cereal, beets, choc. chips, spaghettios, pizza sauce, two bottles of soda, shredded mozzarella, gallon of milk, block of Cheddar and mozzarella cheese, cage free eggs, roast, three containers or ground beef, pepperoni, frozen burritos, frozen biscuits, chicken nuggets, and fried chicken from the deli. I know there is alot of processed food in here and items I could make myself, but the kids won't eat it. So do I just let them starve and fix it anyway? As soon as it warms up we will be container gardening on our decks and landing (we don't get enough sun anywhere else to garden in the yard) and we plan on planting blueberry bushes, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, and some carrots and potatoes down at a neighbors house. Sorry this has been so long. I think we really need to get out of the thinking that every meal needs a meat on the plate and that will cut down on money per meal. Any advice would be appreciated.