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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

Ouch! My Wallet Hurts!

2014-10-03 | 0 comments
Turkey Noodle Soup
It can be spendy – all this “real” food business. I try to buy organic, well-raised, sustainable meats, fish and veggies. But, Man, it can do a number on my wallet.
So, back to what makes this Real Family Real Food thing work – a plan! A plan for just what I need. Let’s shop strategically for only what we need and will actually use. We will use a bag of carrots, a bag of lemons and a whole bunch of celery – even the leaves! Best of all, with our plan, we can take a few little steps to make better foods at home than the ones we would buy – like vinaigrette or turkey stock. Both have the added bonus that they just plain taste better. (BTW, neither should have added sugar – that’s just gross!)
I have selected a sustainable fish, Monday’s Spanish Cod, that is very easy to find fresh or frozen. Look for an Alaskan Pacific if possible.  The other is a whole turkey breast. At $3.99-4.99/lb, it’s super budget friendly. The plan is to stretch Tuesday’s Roast Turkey and Kale Salad over two meals by cooking a little extra and making stock for Thursday’s Turkey Noodle Soup.
One more thing, I LOVE this week! I love being smart in the kitchen, creating with humble ingredients and making yummy real food for my little crew. I’m thinking you do too…


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