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From: Roses <>
Subject: [SOUTHERN-CHAT] Cheap meals
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:19:08 -0700
There was a family featured in today's Portland Oregonian newspaper about a family of 6. They had a garden this year for the first time and they were discussing how much the kids loved fresh vegetables. The mother said after working all day, she didn't have the time or the money to make anything from scratch for dinner. She mostly serves mac and cheese. They posted in the article how much lasagna would cost to make it from scratch, or to make it from a box with 2 cans of green beans, a loaf of garlic bread and a 2 liter of orange soda. That cme to $7.12, versus making it from scratch came to $34.73.
I was thinking that while she's home in the evening, she could cook a pot of beans for the next evening's supper, bake a pan of cornbread, make a pan of slumgullion (is what we called it), make a stew, all of these can be made ahead and would be more nutritious than mac and cheese most every night.
I thought I would ask you and see what you could come up with for this lady to fix, cheaply but nutritious, for her family. They get $500 per month in food stamps. Her husband works in a print shop. It didn't say what she did.
I've kept the paper and I thought I would email the writer and send some suggestions. I know a lot of you grew up during the depression so maybe you have some suggestions.
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