Monday, March 27

The Pauper and the Peas

I don't really like vegetables. I've never liked vegetables. When I was growing up dinner time was an ordeal most nights because I would either have to eat my vegetables or find a way to dispose of them without anybody knowing about it. This would mean outlasting anyone who was willing to supervise, but continuing to eat tiny tiny amounts so they would think I had finally eaten them when I claimed I was done.

Okay, I digress, but it's interesting to me!

Anyway, while checking out the local "Bulk Barn", which in itself is a potential frugal event, I found a product called "Roasted Salted Green Peas". "Whoa, what on earth is this?" I think to myself. Now, most bins and every aisle held signs warning me "DO NOT SNACK". Obviously, I ignored the signs and popped a few of these green pellets onto my palate. Holy smokes, this wasn't a vegetable at all.

Obviously, being roasted, these things will last approximately until the apocalypse. They are healthy food as green peas have a lot of vitamins and minerals which won't be lost by roasting. They are reminiscent of snack foods, perhaps nuts, though they don't have the same flavor or texture. Most importantly, they are fairly cheap.

So, if you are travelling, prone to snack on unhealthy foods, don't like vegetable or are just trying to find cheap foods that are healthy as well, give roasted and salted green peas a try. Take it from the kid who hated vegetables, they are pretty good.


Saturday, March 11

Yummy Chicken

Well, no matter how frugal you are trying to be, you'll eventually need to eat a variety of foods. Even I can't live on ground beef and sausages all of the time -- though I can most of the time. Lately, and perhaps it is because summer is nearing and I'd like to lean out a bit, I've developed a hankering for some chicken.

I'm sure I don't have to sell you on all the great qualities of chicken as a food. However, you can save a lot of money buying the less popular cuts of chicken. Basically, this means chicken thighs in my neck of the woods. Chicken thighs are much cheaper than chicken breasts. I do punk out and get them skinless and boneless already though.

While you can obviously eat the chicken thighs as is, once cooked, you can also cook them up and then incorporate them in other dishes. Soups, stews, rice and pasta all come to mind. Hmm, Im starting to get hungry! I've got a whole mass of chicken thighs to go cook up, I'll be back later...

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