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  • In the event of a gov't shutdown, I need cheap and healthy meal ideas!

    I am sure everyone has been up to date on what has been happening in the news. We are a military family and are looking at not receiving a paycheck or 2 (who knows how long it will take for them to get their acts together). We do have a savings fund, but it isn't a lot. Hence the request for cheap and healthy meals! It always takes me FOREVER to come up with a week's worth of dinners, and I find that when I do plan it out I save big $$. And that has never been more essential than now. If everyone could just post 1 cheap/quick/nutritious meal it would help me a ton (and I'm sure others)! Just trying to get some ideas to add to the menu.

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    What about a pork picnic shoulder - slow cooked - dh found them onsale this week for .99/lb 1 shoulder should last 2-3days. is there a local farmers market or CSA - where you could pick produce for the farmer in exchange for fresh veggies?
    same goes for chuck roast ect. look for whats on sale in the commissary and stock up and put it in your freezer...

    spend some $ on some seedlings and plant your own garden... it will go a long way and produce your own veggies.
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    What's your purpose? Mine is Optimal Health.

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    • #3
      Thanks! I do have a garden growing but nothing is ready yet! lol Except some strawberries, but I don't think we can live off of the 20 or so that we've got going. I will be going to the Commissary today and seeing what's on sale. Pork roast is always a good bet. I'm so angry because we were going to get our cow last week and the farm never got back to us so we are SOL on our meat. GAH! Farms are far and few between around here, but I will definitely look into working for produce.

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      • #4
        Stock up on eggs if you can or get yourself a hen =) Buy and freeze meat that is on sale. Frozen veggies are more nutritious than canned (or so I've been told). If you eat nuts and nut butters find a place to buy some nuts in bulk and freeze those as well.

        It never occurred to me that a government shutdown means military doesn't get paid. What the effing hell? I'm sure all of those GD senators will still get their lifetime pay and benefits. ARGH!
        Jillian
        Strict Vegetarian going primal as of 3/2011. This is a tough row to hoe!

        So far I am down:
        • 6lbs
        • 1% BMI
        • 1" in my waist
        • 2.5" at my belly button
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        • #5
          I second what Jillian said. Eggs are cheap and a great source of protein. Make egg muffins, crustless quiches with meat and veggies lots of different things. The nice things about the egg muffins and quiches is that they freeze well. Also get some whole chickens, make your own stock and freeze that. How do you think people got by in the depression? Soup with whatever bits you have left around.
          Georgette

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          • #6
            Another thing you can look at is signing up at your local food bank... it might not be optimal...but it will help you get through the shutdown.... effing congress. did you know congress has the option to pay back their salaries back into the pot - but very few if any do....
            The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. ~ Ayn Rand
            What's your purpose? Mine is Optimal Health.

            Converted to PB November 2010
            SW 190lb
            Leptin Reset Redux (1Sep 2011) SW 170lbs
            25 Sep 2011 160lbs
            1 Dec 2011 158lbs!
            GW ~135lbs
            5'3"
            Mother of 2, and wife to a kick ass husband...trying to contain chaos and havoc on a daily basis

            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread40609.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by geostump View Post
              Also get some whole chickens, make your own stock and freeze that. How do you think people got by in the depression? Soup with whatever bits you have left around.
              Soup from scratch is quite possibly the best "poverty" food ever. Try different ethnic soups, too.
              I always freeze veggies that are on the verge of going bad and toss them in soups, or just make stock out of the veggies themselves.

              This weekend I did offal meatballs - liver is pretty cheap, and a pound or two of grassfed beef is not too bad (and with beef you can probably do conventional if you have to). It took a while but made a ton of meatballs. Spiced properly (mine were fennel, basil, garlic, onion) they are insanely delicious and not very liver-ey at all.

              Good luck, this whole shutdown thing is ridiculous
              primal journal - the book of meatabix / food pr0n

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              • #8
                I fortunately just got a boatload of eggs from a neighbor, that should last me a bit

                I think maybe this is where buying some big cuts of meat could help. At the outset, it's expensive, but it can feed you for longer periods of time and can work out cheaper per-serving. Roasts (pork shoulder roasts, beef, etc) might be something to look into.

                Some of the cheaper roasts can be a bit harder to cook up and make tender/flavorful, but it's still real food. There's some good stuff on thehungrymouse.com on preparing cheaper cuts of meat (it's a carb heavy site, but still a lot on cooking big hunks of animal protein)

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                • #9
                  FYI, "essential" employees will still get paid during a shutdown, including military personnel.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RezH View Post
                    FYI, "essential" employees will still get paid during a shutdown, including military personnel.
                    Not sure if this is true for the military, but our "essential" employees will not be paid during the shutdown. If they do get paid, it will likely be after we're all back at work, and congress has to pass something to pay them retroactively.

                    The military, I think, is guaranteed pay but may not receive it will the shutdown is in effect, at least that was my understanding (which could be very wrong, as I have been trying not to watch the news since it makes me crazy).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RezH View Post
                      FYI, "essential" employees will still get paid during a shutdown, including military personnel.
                      Yes, we will get backpay, but in the meantime, until they can get things straightened up, we will be without our paycheck. This coming paycheck will only be for April 1-8 and who knows when the next paycheck we will receive. If the gov't is shut down for 21 days like it did in 1995, we won't receive our paycheck on the 1st of May either, and that is the paycheck that our mortgage and everything else comes out. :/

                      I can only just thank GOD that we started Dave Ramsey and have a small baby emergency fund. Some people aren't as lucky though.

                      Great ideas folks, I really appreciate it. I have a freezer full of homemade stock so that will definitely come in handy. Off to the Commissary I go for meat and frozen veggies.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RezH View Post
                        FYI, "essential" employees will still get paid during a shutdown, including military personnel.
                        In the '95-96 shut down - the military was guaranteed pay, but we didn't receive it until the shut down ended... it made it quite difficult for several of my young airmen w/families. In my unit we started a squadron "soup kitchen/food bank" Senior Enlisted and the Officers brought in meals for each shift - so everyone had food. and any one could use the "food bank" w/o question. We stocked the "food bank" with our units deploy away MREs to ensure people got food, especially the young families...
                        The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. ~ Ayn Rand
                        What's your purpose? Mine is Optimal Health.

                        Converted to PB November 2010
                        SW 190lb
                        Leptin Reset Redux (1Sep 2011) SW 170lbs
                        25 Sep 2011 160lbs
                        1 Dec 2011 158lbs!
                        GW ~135lbs
                        5'3"
                        Mother of 2, and wife to a kick ass husband...trying to contain chaos and havoc on a daily basis

                        My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread40609.html

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                        • #13
                          For the OP, check out the recipe forums which I am sure you already are. I am also linking a thread I started and at the end of the first page is a great recipe for cream of chicken soup that is chockful of goodness and it does make a ton of soup so it does freeze well. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread25953.html
                          Georgette

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by handgallop View Post
                            Not sure if this is true for the military, but our "essential" employees will not be paid during the shutdown. If they do get paid, it will likely be after we're all back at work, and congress has to pass something to pay them retroactively.

                            The military, I think, is guaranteed pay but may not receive it will the shutdown is in effect, at least that was my understanding (which could be very wrong, as I have been trying not to watch the news since it makes me crazy).

                            I'm 'essential' personnel on a military base and that is how it was explained to us.

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                            • #15
                              As the old saying goes, be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. I wish all in our military the best if the shut down does occur.
                              Georgette

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