I have been trying VERY hard to NOT go to the grocery store. I get so tired of going practically everyday. It drains my bank account and wears me out. Why do I need one more thing to take up my time? I DON’T. I just need to use what I already have….and STOP throwing away food that I don’t use. Really, what a waste.
And then I found this printable that was designed to help people like me. I mean, it was called The No Waste Food Menu Planner. It think that about sums up my problem. I figured, why not…and took advantage of it.
It was SO EASY! I grabbed pen and just wrote down what I had in my fridge and cupboard. Not only did it help me know exactly what was in my pantry and fridge; but also helped me make a menu. Yes, that dreaded ‘M’ word that us moms and keepers of the home know we should make every week or month but don’t. (Yup, I mean me right there!)
Yes, I paid for it. AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY! I saved money NOT going to the grocery store, NOT throwing away unused food, and time NOT shopping. I go home and I cook with my daughters, which is a joy to me.
Once I filled it out, I found that I had the ingredients for an amazing homemade soup that is healthy AND CHEAP! And to top it off, my family members (even the picky ones) ate it up!
This is my very own recipe.
2 lbs ground beef, cooked and crumbled
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of onion, finely chopped
3 Cups beef broth or beef bullion (I use both)
1 can condensed tomato soup
5 chopped potatoes
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
3 Cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 teaspoons Braggs Aminoes
Seasonings to taste
What You Do:
- Brown your hamburger in a large soup pot. Add onions and garlic. Drain any fat.
- Pour in broth and bullion, canned tomatoes, and tomato soup.
- Add potatoes and seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
- Pour in frozen vegetables. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
The printable I found through the Thrifty Couple. And I found it immensely helpful. It’s called The No Waste Food
Menu. Seriously, does that not nail my problem?
I didn’t have to run to the store. I got to go home and just be with my family. And it seems that is happening less and less as they grow up, get jobs, and do other teen ager-ish stuff.
You know what I mean?