Feeding Your Family Whole Food On $250 A Month

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Hi All, This is from the clever Stephanie from KEEPER OF THE HOME lovely blog. Our family has lived in the USA and we have vacationed in beautiful Canada and food prices are pretty affordable. I can tell you that food costs in New Zealand and Australia is astronomical and it would be be almost impossible to feed a family of five on $250 a month. BUT Stephanie’s frugality can be done by anyone. We currently live on a little farm and are able to swap sheep grazing for yummy meat that we otherwise could never afford. When we lived in a city apartment that kind of thing wasn’t possible and were frugal in other ways. I hope that no matter where you live Stephanie’s tips will help you with the monthly food budget. Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx
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Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup

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Here is a yummy reblog recipe. Enjoy!
~ Sarah xxx

Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup
Author: Pinch of Yum, from Cambridge Medical Center Cookbook
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients
3 (10 3/4 oz) cans chicken broth (I make my own broth from Chicken bones)
2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup margarine or butter (I use Olive oil or butter)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I use Gluten Free flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups half and half (I use rice milk)
1 1/2 cup cubed cooked chicken or turkey
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
2-3 tablespoons dry sherry, if desired

Instructions
In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth and water. Add wild rice and onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30-45 minutes (or until rice is tender).
In a medium saucepan, melt margarine, stir in flour, salt, seasoning, and pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually stir in half and half, cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients. Heat gently, stirring frequently. Do not boil.

Recipe – Minestrone Soup

Love this recipe from food wishes! If you click on the photo you will go directly to the food wishes source. I know you will love it too! Of course I make all my food completely gluten free. I just substitute pasta for gluten free pasta. In the USA I used Canadian bacon as it was leaner than regular bacon. In Australia I use regular GF bacon as it is fairly lean. I also try as best I can to use in season and organic produce. Organic produce can be terribly expensive so we can’t always afford to buy organic all the time. We do our best and that is really all anyone can do. ~ Sarah xxx

Ingredients:

3 oz pancetta (or regular bacon)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 diced onion
1 cup diced celery
4 minced garlic cloves
4 cups chicken broth
1 (28-oz) can plum tomatoes, crushed fine
2 cups water, plus more as needed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried Italian herb blend (mine was thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil)
red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup freshly shucked cranberry beans (aka shelling beans)
2 or 3 cups chopped cabbage
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
2/3 cup raw ditalini pasta
extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh Italian parsley to garnish the top