Penny pinching does not mean unhealthy bland foods for us if we keep gardening. I want to show you the delicious lunch we had which cost us 1 cup of Rice, 1 table spoon of Olive Oil and 3 cloves of Garlic, the rest came from the garden.
The photograph is not magazine beautiful but the meal was an explosive taste of delicious flavours and extremely moorish. When I finished weeding, pruning and planting, I filled my basket with with just enough produce to make lunch for 3.
I stir fried in a little olive oil:
- garlic (shop bought)
- lemongrass (my plot)
- ginger (communal plot)
- chili (communal plot)
- chocolate mint (my plot)
- snake beans (my plot)
- brazilian spinach (my plot)
- basil (my plot)
- eggplant (my plot)
- malabar spinach (communal plot as mine has died)
- sweet potato leaves (friends plot)
Served on a bed of rice. (My rice bag was shop bought).
For dessert we had pawpaw with lime. The pawpaw was from the communal plot and the lime I found on top of our green waste pile. I don't know who threw it there or where it came from as I don't think there is a lime tree in the botanical gardens. But it was in perfect condition so I took it. And happy I was to do so, as I love lime squeezed on rice, fruit, veggies and in a glass of water.
Lunch for 3 cost about 50 cents and was delicious. Cutting back on food costs means we can still have a great lifestyle, be healthy and save for the important things in life such as Dolly's future education, retirement, cutting back on work hours and a house.
Are you doing some penny pinching too?