February’s Good Cheap Eats

Need some good cheap eats? I gotcha covered.

I’ve always been fascinated by food. As soon as I could write, I copied recipes out of my mom’s recipe collection. I made fudge at age seven and a lemon meringue pie at age 10. I loved to eat, so I was happy to cook.

Washing dishes is a different story.

And it’s been like that for 40+ years now.

I started blogging here at Life as MOM back in 2008. I started Good Cheap Eats in 2009 as a way to process our food experience, finding tasty and healthful meals on a budget. And so, I have two blogs.

If you don’t regularly read my other blog Good Cheap Eats, here’s what you might have missed in February:

Healthier Living

healthy fats avocado coconut

My Whole 30 Eating Log – I am on an elimination diet for 30+  days to see if I can troubleshoot some aches and pains that don’t wanna go away. So far I feel pretty good. The best improvement has been sleep. I sleep better and awake more easily. After 15 years of motherhood and the accompanying sleepless nights, it’s almost a miracle right there!

I’ve been logging this “diet” journey every day, so if you’re curious about what you CAN eat when you’re going soy-, dairy-, sugar-, grain-, gluten-, and alcohol-free, hop on over. (It’s called The Whole 30 program.)

Meal Planning

Meal planning has definitely been tricky for the last two weeks. My family has not been doing The Whole 30. I’ve tried to overlap where I can, but anyone with food allergies in the house will know it’s a challenge. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Grocery Geek

I have always loved the grocery store. My first job was at a grocery store! I didn’t plan to tackle this diet until the month had already started, so I did go over our regular spending this month. I am not worried about it; we saved a ton in the pantry challenge, so it all works out.

Here’s how I’ve been shopping in February:

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

I’ve begun a weekly series on the small kitchen appliances that I know and love. I’d like to think that I have a spartan kitchen, but I don’t. I have several kitchen tools that make feeding a small army much easier. This is just the start:

Good Cheap Eats

My mission is to eat well and healthfully all while “acting my wage”. We currently spend an average of $800/month on groceries to feed our family of 8 in Southern California. Groceries are not that expensive here. (Gas and real estate? Different story.)

I try to share recipes that I think will be economical wherever you live. Here are recent recipes:

Fajita Omelet – a hearty way to start the day

Artichoke Chile Dip – I could eat the whole bowl.

Wholesome Energy Bars – freezer friendly awesomeness

Turkey Cheddar Melt with Grilled Onions and Spicy Mayo – amazing flavor with simple ingredients

 

Monkey Salad – super yum, super simple.

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Comments

  1. I love Larabars but hubs has a nut allergy so I tried making them myself with sunflower seeds and pepitas. They’re really easy sand quite tasty. The flavor combos are endless. I buy the big tub of dates at Costco. I don’t really have a recipe, but there are tons online. After mixing up in food processor I press them into a parchment lined 8×8 pan, freeze for about 15 minutes, then cut and individually wrap. My kids live them. I store them in the freezer, I find they travel better in lunch boxes, purses, etc.

  2. I have been having similar symptoms to what you have been describing in recent posts. I recently had in depth allergy testing, and I am allergic to most of the foods to be avoided in the Whole 30 program. Here are some of our family dinners, usually coming from Paleo recipe websites:

    -Split Pea Soup
    -Curried Cauliflower and Pork Stew
    – Chicken Stir Fry
    – Taco Salad

  3. I love Good (Cheap) Eats! I regularly make your red sauce and rice or quinoa pilaf. I’ve always enjoyed your recipes, Jessica. You have a way of making things flavorful, affordable, and tasty! I’m excited to try the healthy snack bars and the fajita omelet.

  4. Tracy Morrell says:

    I have been doing some research on the health benefits of Turmeric. I am interested in it because it is suppose to help with the liver, but from what I have been reading it is also a very good anti-inflammatory. This is a quote from one of the websites I was reading. “It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects. I wanted to share this with you because you are doing this 30 day challenge to help with aches and pains. I have to admit to take it straight in hotwater or mixed in a drink does not taste good, but you can add it into recipes quite easily and you can get it in capsules from the health food store to take like a vitamin. My boss has been drinking it in hot water every day all winter and she swears by it. I would encourage you to do some research on your own, but it might be worth trying.

    Tracy

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