#[word of the day] #FAsupportsnutrition #SNAPfood : Homemade @feedingamerica

Feeding America has a Photo A Day Challenge happening for March because it’s National Nutrition Month. I’m a bit behind thanks to techy problems  (and honestly, probably will not be able to do a photo every day) but here’s my contribution for  HOMEMADE.

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Like my little bowl? The whole set of dishes was FREE on Freecycle. Yay!

The lighting in my kitchen is terrible but this was delicious Sweet Potato & Chick Pea Soup . It was more like stew by the time I got to help myself to a bowl. Little buggers took most of the broth. I got the recipe  from The Sweet Potato Lovers’ Cook Book that I mentioned last week in my Library Loot post. It called for veggie broth but I didn’t have enough scraps to make veggie broth this weekend but I did have a chicken carcass stashed in my freezer, so I made chicken stock instead.

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YUM,amiright? Ok, maybe not at this stage but it does smell amazing while the bones are boiling.

The great thing about the Internet is that there are hundreds of great bloggers out there who have instructions on how to make just about everything , so I will not bother taking you through the steps on making homemade chicken stock. I’ll let this link do that: Make Chicken Stock From Bones

Added bonus : Someone brought over chicken wings. I rescued the celery and added it to my stock.

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Sidenote: I hate styrofoam with a passion.

If you want to participate in this photo challenge, here’s the photo prompts:

ICYMI: Winter produce guide,vegan avocado recipes, more tips to reduce food waste, homemade scouring scrub..and more

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The Food Stuff

 

10 Tips for the Black Thumb – Like, if yu swear you can’t grow stuff because you have a Black Thumb, these tips might help you get past that.

Winter Produce Guide – The Sprouting Seed- Really helpful buying tips for each produce item.

 Vegan Avocado Round Up  -I know finding avocados cheap can be a crapshoot for a lot of ya’ll but these… zomg…

RuralMom.com: Keep Your Refrigerator Organized with Four Simple Tricks – helps reduce food waste

Soup of the Day: Broccoli Cheddar- comfort soup

How to stop wasting food in 2014-This list excites me.
On a related note, if I had a video camera and a less chaotic household, I would SO love do a Dumpster Diving Cooking show.
For real.

10 Easy Ways to Stay Within Your Grocery Budget |- some tips might help, depending on your situation and resources already available. Reading all the lists around the blogosphere of how to save money makes me realize I need to write one that is specific to people living in technical poverty, since most are written with voluntary simplicity and frugality in mind.

Food Storage: Storing Herbs and Spices for Long Term Storage- this is handy if you’ve managed to buy in bulk or grow your own.

 

The DIY Stuff

Homemade All Purpose Scouring Scrub -3 ingredients (and two of them you can buy with food stamps.Well, actually…you can make super washing soda with baking soda, so technically all 3 ) …plus essential oil, but that’s optional.

Make Your Own Washing Soda (For Homemade Laundry Detergent) |  -turn baking soda into washing soda

Gardening small? Many fruits grow in containers -You lucky people who are able to be thinking about gardening this time of year. I have MONTHS.
Thought this could be helpful for urban & small space gardeners.

 

Recipe: Super Simple & Totally Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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This is a way cheap and easy recipe. It’s one of my daughter’s favorites.

For this recipe, I use:

  • 1 bag of dried split peas- about $1.60
  • a few potatoes – 50¢? I dunno.
  • an onion- cents.
  • a few cloves or garlic – also cents (although mine was free thanks to a gardener friend)
  • dashes of your fave seasonings. I used lovage,oregano,salt & pepper
  • water

That’s pretty much it but I did throw in a handful of spinach,too.Most people add carrots but I hate those things. Unlike most split pea soup recipes, this has no chicken or ham broth ,so it’s totally vegetarian /vegan. You could use veggie stock instead or water,but water is just fine.

I figure it’s roughly $2.50 for a whole pot and serves my family of 8 with leftovers.

Split peas are unlike dried beans that need an overnight soak. You don’t need to soak them.

To make the soup, do this:

  1. Put your split peas in a stock pot and add enough water so that the peas are covered with about an inch of water on top. Bring to a boil, then simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, cook diced potatoes,onions, and garlic in a skillet. When those are done, add to pot with peas & water.
    OR …. saute the onions & garlic in the stock pot before adding the peas,water and potatoes. Both ways work just fine. This time I just happened to do it separately. Like this:

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    Taters,onion,garlic

Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better

Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better

3. The total cooking time of the peas should be about 30-40 minutes. When they’re soft and mushy, don’t even bother putting them in a blender or food processor. You should be able to mash them down in to a smooth consistency with a potato masher or a sturdy mixing spoon.

In my opinion, non-pureed split pea soup just looks more appetizing.

And that’s that.

Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar

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Here’s why I love the Internet. I found this nice tutorial for DIY Apple Cider. I had taken pictures of my own so I could do my own tutorial but I have no idea where those pictures went to. And since Real Food Real Deals already did it, I don’t have to retake my own pictures.

Link: Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar

When I make apple sauce or do any sort of baking with apples, this is what the cores and peels get used for. Cheap & easy, plus no waste. The math figures out to be about 10¢ per cup. I did even better on my last batch since I used the free apples someone passed along to us.

You can also use other fruits to make vinegar. Pears and peaches work well.

If you’re wondering what to do with apple cider vinegar, here are 50 uses. I use it a lot around the house and for home remedies.