So I took a good, hard look at what we were purchasing week to week and which items were the most costly. Turns out prepackaged snack foods are the culprit. Not only are they pricey, but they are also notoriously unhealthy and packed with lots of additives, chemicals, and lord knows what else. I figured if I could find an alternative to these packaged snacks, it would be healthier and cheaper for all of us. (Packaged snacks for us include(d) cheese and cracker sticks, rice krispie treats, granola bars, brownies, fruit cups, etc etc.) So my plan....replace each of these packaged snacks with a homemade, healthier, cheaper version. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong, I knew I'd have a 150 lb road block in my way....my husband. You see, Dan likes his lunches the same way, everyday. And let's be honest, he's not so keen on accepting change. For example 95% of our date nights, we usually end up at TGI Fridays. Not once have we ever eaten at a Mexican, Chinese, Sushi, Korean, Indian, Japanese, or any other of the sort restaurant. (Now I'll admit, I'm partly to blame for this too...I just really like TGI Fridays, but now I'm getting off topic) Anyway, I knew it would be a challenge to get him on board with my new approach to snack foods. But I was up for it. I figured if I introduced one new homemade snack food at a time, I wouldn't overwhelm him, and maybe, just maybe, he'd come around to liking them!? One can hope right?
So the first switcheroo I tried:
Prepackaged Snack vs.
Now a block of Cheddar cheese is ~$2.70 and a box of of 128 club crackers (store brand) is ~$2.50. Cutting this block of cheese into small squares will give you around 15 servings. And 128 crackers will give you about 25 servings (5 crackers each). So do all that math and it comes out to one package of crackers is 0.40, And one
To make this version more hubby friendly, I pre sliced the block of cheese and sorted it out into separate baggies. Convenience is a big thing for Dan, so the pre-cut cheese in baggies made this more appealing to him and the transition was smoother. And the verdict....the big guy reluctantly admits that this version "is tastier"! Zing! I win.
Next week I will continue my slow overhaul of snacky foods with homemade granola bars (I am for real making these ones!), so check back later for that. But now, the real point of this post.
Because I want us to be more responsible about our eating and snacking, I decided it was time to organize our recipes. Up until now, they've had no organization. Some are in our heads, others on the ipad, others on pinterest, and still more in cookbooks and on recipe cards. It is far past time for all of them to come together in one nice, organized, and preferably stylish place. So voila, here is what I came up with.
An old binder
= a spectacular solution to our scattered, unorganized, recipe problem
Well folks, that's all for now! Hope you enjoyed.