Monday, March 08, 2010
Snacking on a Budget
Now what do we snack on since the grocery budget has been slashed? Again, this one takes time on my part to make it happen. If you come into our home, you will almost always find a loaf of homemade bread waiting on the cutting board. I leave my bread knife beside it to encourage kids to slice their own. Jacob will come in after school and down half a loaf of whole wheat bread along with peanut butter. Speaking of peanut butter, this is a staple at our home. (Remember I am feeding 3 teenage boys who are all power lifting at the moment. They want protein and more protein)! We go through 1 large jar of peanut butter every week. It is almost as important as milk in our house! My daughter who isn't such a protein-aholic doesn't care for bread or peanut butter. She much prefers to make popcorn for herself. Sometimes she makes kettle corn, but her favorite is just plain. You can usually also find a homemade goody in the cookie jar or in a 9x13 pan. Yesterday, I made homemade Lemon Bars. There are plenty left to snack on for the next few days. Speaking of leftovers, this is were the bulk of snacking takes place for our kids. They will rummage through the refrigerator and try to find something yummy from the leftovers. Hope is much better about this than any of my other children. She has learned the value of good leftovers! Tonight I am making homemade pizza. I could make 3 pizzas and have enough to feed everybody this evening. Instead I chose to make 4 pizzas. There will be plenty left for tomorrow's lunch and snacks for the kids after school. I do that often, and it usually works out just fine. Last night was a different story. I grilled an extra pack of chicken so the kids could snack on it for the next few days. My husband was the one actually grilling and he put all the meat on the platter and placed it in the middle of the dinner table. We devoured it all at dinner, and I was left without any extras.
We also eat breakfast leftovers for snacks. One of the favorite leftover treasures for my kids is to find the extra pancakes! I also like to keep corn chips and salsa as well as some cut up veggies and ranch dressing. You can almost always find something to snack on in our house if you look hard enough. I have to be honest, the kids prefer to open the pantry doors and have snacks falling out at them. However when push comes to shove, they will always find something they like to eat!
grace and peace,