Eating Well on a Budget

In this economy staying within the family food budget and remaining healthy is a challenge. Having grown up in a family with a limited income, for me this is nothing new. When money gets tight you have to be careful about sacrificing yourself in an effort to save cash. Getting sick while broke is not any fun. With that in mind, when attempting to reduce your grocery bill don't sacrifice nutrients. Avoid packaged food and focus on getting as much real food as you can. If a vegetable you don't know very well is on sale - get it and experiment. With the help of Google you can research any vegetable you please. On occacion I have found it difficult to find recipes for sale items that didn't require another trip to the grocery store. This is why I am going to start sharing simple recipes based on sale items. This week at Kroger (Nov8-Nov14) 10 bucks went a long way. Baby carrots were among the veggies you could purchase for a dollar. Here is a great recipe for those baby carrots.

Carrot Soup
1 bag of baby carrots
5c low-sodium vegetable broth
4 tsp ginger powder
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp curry powder
Salt to taste

In a large pot combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes or until carrots are tender. Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender in batches a few cups at a time. Purée until smooth. Return the puree to saucepan and reheat and enjoy.

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