Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Soups and Stews for Hard Times

In the Great depression the food of choice was soup or stew. The reason being was that the little food that could be had could be stretched into a full healthy meal for the family. Serve homemade soup or stew with biscuits or cornbread and you have a cheap, healthy and filling meal. Soup or stew is also a great comfort food especially in winter. So my goal today is to get some soup and stew recipes posted so that all of us can stretch those dollars. There are a couple of things to remember about soups/stews. You can cut the amount of meat that the recipe calls for and just add beans, grains or a few more veggies to add bulk. You also do not always have to use the exact meat that the recipe calls for. For instance, one time I had quite a bit of a round roast leftover. So I took the roast and chopped it up fine and made chili with it instead of ground beef. It was quite tasty and nobody complained. I got two meals out of one roast and saved my ground venison for another time, thus stretching my food dollar. you also do not have to have meat in every soup or stew, beans are a great substitute and can help stretch the food dollar. So get those soup pots ready because this weekend is soup stew and bread weekend.

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