Steph's blog: beating the grocery bill
Cheap and Healthy Living
With the price of living constantly on the upward hike it can be difficult to keep the wellbeing of our family at the forefront of our food buying decisions.
But what if we rolled up our sleeves and got stuck in?
The ‘Grandma Revolution’ has always been at home in our house. We have three busy children, they have after school activities, my partner works 5-6 day weeks and I run the Matakana Indie Markets. We attend parenting courses and meetings, we have coffees with friends and we even let our hair down and party with the best of them on occasion. We are busy people leading normal busy lives. So when people tell me "they can’t afford it" and "they don't have time" it irks me because this doesn’t have to be the case.
Today, I baked 30 wholemeal bread rolls; it cost me under $5 and took me 20 minutes. I took a further minute to snip them into bunnies to add a little lunch box cred. They will be filled with lettuce, cheese, carrot and hummus (homemade) and accompany:
- celery filled with cream cheese,
- a boiled egg
- a piece if fruit
- a sheet of nori seaweed
- and a muffin or cookie (also homemade)
If you think your children wouldn't eat this, you might be surprised! We adopted our 10-year-old six months ago and he has quickly grown to love our wholesome food. Not only are you doing your wallets a service, you are nourishing growing bodies, sustaining their hunger with all that fibre and protein and reducing garbage waste.
Wholefoods are not expensive. Processed packaged foods cost a bomb.
I challenge you to try a grocery shop circling just the periphery of the grocery store; you may visit only the canned goods and baking isles. Experiment with baking; substitute a lunch box item for a vegetable. Contact your local community harvesting team and see if you there are fruit trees you can forage from in a street near you. Healthy does not have to be expensive - it does require more thought and planning but it gives back tenfold.
Try these bunny buns, apparently they are a hit on the building site too!
2 sachets instant dry yeast
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup warm water
Stir and leave to get frothy
6 cups wholemeal flour
2 cups plain white flour
1 tablespoon salt
A squeeze of orange juice (if you have it, not imperative)
4 cups of warm water
Stir and then begin to knead, add flour as necessary until it reaches a smooth but not sticky consistency.
Roll into balls (these will double in size) and roll in oats.
Lay out on buttered oven tray. Leave to rise.
Snip ears and prod eyes and then pop in the oven (180 degrees) until golden brown.
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