Mrs Q here: today is report card pickup day/ teacher-parent conferences. It’s a non-attendance day for students, the doors open midday and stay open until early evening. Since I wasn’t going to be able to eat school lunch today, I asked a friend to write a guest blog post. Meet: Diana from Dianasaur Dishes and read her incredible story. We were on the same panel at BlogHer Food and I was so inspired by her experience and what she is doing now.
(butternut squash soup)
(purslane tomato corn salad)
Find a farm in your area or grow your own food – I’m not against grocery stores, but if you can get local produce by either buying a share at a farm (also known as a CSA) or growing it yourself, DO IT! The food will taste better, be better for you, and almost always be more affordable. It’s also a lot of fun because you often get to play with different ingredients that might not normally buy in the store. The salad above is a mix of fresh corn from our CSA, ripe and unripe tomatoes from my backyard (I’ve never played with green tomatoes before), bacon from a local farm, and purslane from our driveway…which brings me to my next point…
(purslane edible weed)
Cooking and eating from whole ingredients starts out as a conscious choice; you read the ingredient list to make sure you recognize everything listed, you put down the preservative laden jar of jam in favor of making your own, you decide to make snacks from scratch rather than buying them in a box. Eventually it becomes a habit and a way of life. You no longer have to decide between the “dried fruit snacks” or dried fruit.
The cool thing is, not only will this be better for your body and the environment, it’s also better for your pocketbook! Don’t believe the lie that I did, being poor doesn’t have to mean eating poorly. If you need more ideas to help you out, be sure to check out my Top Ten Tips for Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget (http://dianasaurdishes.com/03/ten-tipshow-to-save-money-on-groceries-and-still-eat-healthy/). I’d also love for you to add your own tips in the comments because we can all learn so much from each other.
Although I started DianasaurDishes.com as a place to keep track of what I was cooking (if you don’t follow recipes it’s hard to make the same thing twice unless you write down what you do), but I soon realized that it was really a resource for people trying to cook on very little money. That’s when I started really focusing my posts with readers in mind. Now I also teach free cooking classes to low income families in my city who are trying to make healthier choices for their families. If you’re struggling to eat healthy on a tight budget, know that you’re not alone. By sharing our stories and supporting each other, we can each continue moving in a positive direction, making a difference in the health of our family, and changing the way our culture looks at food!