Sunday, February 28, 2010
Today, Ian and I walked about 1.5 miles at a leisurely, but purposeful pace. We visited with each other throughout the walk and would speak to our neighbors as we walked by, but did not stop. It was pleasant and rewarding. The weather is on the chilly side, about 62 degrees, with very little wind. The light jacket that I wear around the house was fine for the walk. I got pleasantly cool.
Ian has cooked all weekend. He has made baked beans, Tuscan beans, Gumbo Z'Herbes ( a recipe from Emeril - I do not know if it was from the food network or Epicurious - whichever it is, this is a scrumptious way to get in lots of vegetables: mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, cabbage and collards --- lots of garlic, onions and peppers to make it really tasty), and two of my favorite recipe from the Sonoma diet: Chicken Puttanesca and Braised Pork with olives and capers.
I calculated our food bill, including when I took the kids out to eat while he was out of town, and we spent less than $400 on food this past month - about $150 of this was while the kids were here. Since being on the mainly bean diet, our average grocery bill has gone from almost $300 per week to approximately $50. A huge difference. Part of the reason our grocery bill was so high is because we ate out alot and we ate all organic food when we cooked at home. Many of our vegetables are still organic. The big savings is from eating in season and using beans as our main protein source.
We are feeling good!