I have decided to add a budget food label section to my recipes. I love working on budgets and do this every week for myself and my husband, maybe I need a full time job??
With the cost of groceries rising crazily and good fresh food becoming a luxury, it is easy to understand why so many people eat poorly.
Don't get me wrong we are not perfect, but I try really hard to make fresh, tasty and healthy food without blowing the budget every week.
I am also going to try and make it quick, or at least easy type food. I am pregnant at the moment and I know that my cooking will change due to the amount of time I will have in the kitchen. I have constant panicked thoughts on still making fresh healthy food for my family, without having to spend all day in the kitchen, and having to sacrifice any precious time with them.
Shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules are very inspiring, and I love them, but I sometimes wonder if they realise it would be cheaper to dine out than to put together some of the dishes they create!
When I see 12 little lamb cutlets are almost $40 I want to cry. And the price of fruit and veg is crazy. Fresh herbs are now ridiculously expensive also, yet another thing to add to the way too expensive pile. I have a girlfriend of mine, who's little boy chose banana as his treat for the week, while grocery shopping with mum INSTEAD of junk. When a child choses fresh produce over chips or chocolate as a treat, I know we should rejoice, but it is very sad that these can't be an everyday food now. I remember as a child always having fresh fruit and vegetables in the house.
We all know we are better off growing as much of our own produce as we can, but honestly who has the time, or space to do this?? It is fun to maybe grow herbs in pots etc, but even then they don't always succeed.
I am so lucky to be living in a beautiful part of NSW. We have fresh produce all around us. Plenty of farm fresh eggs, fruit, vegetables, seafood and even meat. I'm very spoilt. I just wish that more people would support local farmers, and seasonal produce, and go to farmers markets that pop up everywhere now.
I hope this new budget section's serve you well, and please any feedback is welcome.