Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Homelessness ~ It Can Happen To Anyone

Homelessness can happen to anyone.

How do homeless people cook meals?

Cooking Without A Stove Or Oven

Cooking without a stove or oven:

Are Rising Food Prices Affecting You?

Here is a link to a post on the Frugal Living forums about how the rise in food prices are affecting those on limited incomes.  It is a long post with many people commenting about how they are dealing with surviving in this economy.  Take the time to read through it and take notes of any useful ideas that may help your family.

Squeezed by Rising Food Prices

University of Missouri Extension office pamphlet on how to deal with rising food prices.

SNAP Meal Planning, Shopping and Budgeting

Here is a link to the SNAP (Food Stamps) resource library site that has articles about meal planning, shopping and budgeting.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Recipes from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

For tasty vegetarian dishes the Kripalu center website has their delicious and healthy recipes listed at this link:

Mrs. Dash Seasoning and Cooking Rotisserie Chicken

I love rotisserie chicken that is ready made at the grocery store. I don't buy it very often because of the cost and the salt content. The chickens are soaked in a brine and they are too salty tasting for me and my family. So to avoid the salt AND to save a few dollars I buy a plain whole chicken. 

When I get ready to cook it I make sure to remove the innards (neck and giblets), rinse it off, place the chicken in a baking dish breast side up. I then melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of Mrs. Dash seasoning and spread it over the chicken. You can use olive oil or regular oil instead of butter (or no oil at all, just sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken). 

I preheat my oven to 400 degrees and bake the chicken for 45 minutes, I then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and continue cooking for another 45 minutes. This time is for a 2 to 3 pound chicken. Larger chickens need to be cooked longer. 

Your oven may cook differently from mine so if the chicken starts to get too brown cover it with foil and continue cooking. 

NOTE: Not everyone has the luxury of owning a meat thermometer. If chicken juices are pink then put it back in the oven and keep cooking till the juices are clear. And if you cut into the chicken and see any pink color then put it back into the oven and cook till it is done thru and thru. Check every 30 minutes.