Whole grains and beans to stretch your grocery budget.
Using whole grains is not only healthy, but it is a wonderful choice for stretching your grocery budget.
As food prices rise and gasoline increases (effecting shipping) it is more and more important to stretch your groceries as far as you can for as long as you can. We want to do this without sacrificing nutrition. Whole grains (and dried beans) help to do just that.
Here are a few tips:
~ Use the ends of your bread (home made whole wheat of course) to make croutons
~ Add whole grain dry oatmeal to stretch meat loaf
~ Experiment with other grains than wheat such as millet, spelt, kamut.
~ Add cooked beans to your taco meat to stretch the ground beef
~ Make your own granola, tortillas, bread at a FRACTION of the cost of store bought
~ Learn to use your 'mistakes' - that flopped pita bread attempt can be GREAT mini pizzas!
~ This list is ENDLESS - just get creative.
We can all actually enjoy the challenge of stretching our grocery budget with whole grains and beans if we will look at it as a creative exercise. It can be a chance to think outside the box and really enjoy some wonderful meals even in a shortage situation.
Donna Miller is a work-at-home wife and mother. She delighted to share her trials and triumphs of learning to mill and cook with whole grains. The Millers own and operate an online Store which offers Organic and Chemical-free Whole Grains, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more. Visit Millers Grain House!