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$5 Dinners Trim More Than Just Your Budget

It's finally snowing here in upstate NY.  I whined about not getting
snow when everyone else had I have friends
and family hunting me down.  We're just wrapping up one storm
and gearing for another to hit tonight.  My lilac bush isn't too happy
but it sure is pretty outside!
My good friend Leo Quinn (and yes, I have childhood photos that
would embarrass him) just emailed me with something he
read in Reader's Digest. I wanted you to hear it, so I'm throwing
it in today's issue...
If you're beginning a "we ight loss" program or "die-it", the first
thing you need to ask yourself is:
"Can I do this for the rest of my life?"
I'm guessing that for 99.9% of the "die-it" plans out there, the 
answer would be a big, fat "NO".
If you're currently "die-it"ing, and you can't answer "YES" to
doing it for the rest of your life, then give "Real People
Don't Die t" a try.
And if you're wondering who Leo is, his website is here:
(Many of you know Leo...)
Okay, on to the main part of the newsletter...
$5 dinners!  
Wouldn't that be great?  For me, that would mean around
$150 in savings on my monthly grocery bill, since I try to
keep most dinners $10 or under.
I challenged myself to feed my family for the entire month
of March on $5 a dinner.  While I could go through my
cookbooks and recipes and try to guess at current costs,
I decided to take a shortcut and look for a book on Amazon
that might have a similar gimmick.
Sure enough, there's a new book just published in 
December called "The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook".
I don't have it yet, so I can't do a full review, but some of the
recipes sound pretty yummy (and normal).  If there's curry
or arugula in it, chances are no one in this house is eating it,
if you know what I mean.
I'll use my "Real People Don't Die t" strategy to choose
recipes, adjust recipes or just plain avoid recipes. 
I'll give you an update in April as to how it went.  If you use
the cookbook, too, please write and let me know whether
you were able to save mo ney.
Here's the link again:
Now, if someone could just do a "$5 Crock-Pot Dinners"
cookbook, THAT would be something...
...hmmm...maybe a summer project for me?
Do you have any $5 dinner recipes to share?  Send
them on!
I have a new one from a kids' cookbook that we made
on Chinese New Year's:
Ramen Noodle Chicken Soup
2 packages ramen noodles, chicken flavor
1/2 bag frozen peas/carrots mix
1 boneless chicken breast, cubed and cooked
Make the soup according to directions, boilling the
veggies with the water.  Add soup flavoring and
stir.  Then add chicken.  (You can add an extra cup
of water if you think the broth is too strong.)
Serve with a fresh salad!
That's it for to get my son to shovel the walk!
Keep it real, and see you next time!


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