Turns out they did (I checked first), so I surveyed the kitchen.
The food that I had left in the house at the beginning of July was heavy on grains (LOTS of brown rice, some quinoa) and low on protein. I have lettuce and kale in the garden, and a friend in the neighborhood still has winter squash from last year, so I felt pretty good with veggies. My blueberries are starting to come on and I've seen some early cherries in the neighborhood as well, so I figured I can glean most fruit (it's amazing how many fruit trees go unharvested! Disclaimer: ask the owners first). I ended up buying:
- peanut butter
- ground turkey, red beans, black beans, onions & canned tomatoes for chili
- carrots (a staple for lunches)
- peaches (couldn't resist)
- locally made yogurt
- oats for breakfast or bread
- a giant bag of dogfood
- canned salmon
Minus the dogfood, I spent $27.00 so far this month.
Yesterday afternoon I made a huge pot of delicious chili. I can freeze a little, eat it all through the week, and take some to a 4th of July potluck.
Here's the recipe:
1 lb red kidney beans
1 lb black beans
1 large yellow onion
1 head of garlic (or less if you aren't a garlic fan)
16 oz can of tomato sauce
16 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 lb ground meat or tempeh
seanoning to taste: cumin, tumeric, red chili flakes, oregano, salt, black pepper
Rinse, soak (4 hours) & cook the beans until soft in a large kettle. Save the cooking liquid.
Saute the finely chopped oniion in olive oil on low heat until soft and slightly browned. Add the chopped garlic, the ground meat, and the spices. Saute until the meat is cooked through. Add the diced tomatoes and simmer longer (if you cook acidic foods in a cast iron skillet it's a great way to absorb some extra iron). Add the tomato sauce and the ingredients of the skillet to your kettle. Stir and simmer. Check flavors and add more seasoning to taste.
Now today: it's time to work in the garden!