The last couple of years I've really tried to distance myself
from buying pre-packaged, processed foods.
Besides the fact that they are LOADED with God-only-knows-what,
they're often expensive.
Although, sometimes they're NOT expensive, they're cheap.
Which means CHEAP and compromised ingredients.
And here's the other thing I was thinking about all that.
Go with me here for a minute, would you?
When we look at how a Socialized government is set up,
we see the government doing everything for its citizens.
They basically say,
"Don't you worry...you just let US handle everything, we'll take good care of you."
They make the decisions,
but the CITIZEN pays for it, in many ways.
In other words, THEY are in control, someone else's expense.
Like stupid little sheep, the people are lulled into a very false sense of security.
And are led astray, to their demise.
Reread history if you don't believe me.
how is the grocery store and food manufacturers any different?
Okay, so it's not politically motivated,
it's all about the bottom line, THEIR bottom line.
So why would we willingly pay SO much extra for others to make
our nutritional decisions, only for the sake of convenience?
It's to our demise, in many ways.
Now let me just stop right here.
I don't want anyone freaking out, or think that I've freaked out.
I do realize that some of you gals don't have the option
to stay at home, but must work full-time.
I soooo get that.
Convenience is your best-friend on many nights when you're doing good just to keep
your eye-lids open, much less whip up a fully homemade gourmet meal,
that frozen dinner is awfully tempting.
But what I'd like to submit to you...and challenge ALL of us with is,
to at least start making little changes.
Let's really stop and think as we are shopping, and tell ourselves,
"Okay, this pre-made pizza crust (for example) that I normally buy...if I plan ahead, I could
easily make a homemade pizza crust (and extras to stick in the freezer),
that will cost PENNIES...and will taste way better, not to mention the
It DOES take effort, friends.
And extra time.
And planning ahead.
But I promise you, it's worth it.
And the more you do, the more and more you WANT to do.
So, what MY goal for the new year regarding my blog is,
is to come up with some easy changes we ALL
can make...getting us far from socialized grocery shopping!
"She watches over the affairs of her household and does
not eat of the bread of idleness."
We are smart women, let's start cooking like it!!
We'll start with some thing super easy that I've been doing for a very long time now.
I buy chicken breasts with skins & bones.
The boneless ones are fine...but more expensive, and less flavorful.
(I do buy boneless/skinless for certain things I make...more on that another time.)
Oh, and roasting an entire chicken would be even cheaper!
But what I LOVE is,
having some shredded chicken in zip-lock bags, in my freezer, ready to go when
time is tight and we need a quick meal.
It's so easy:
1. Put chicken breasts on a large cookie sheet.
2. Rub with some vegetable (or olive) oil.
3. Generously season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, whatever you like!
4. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
5. Let them cool down, then let the shredding begin!
(I always wear gloves to make clean-up easier)
6. Set all the skin and bones aside.
7. Voila! You have a big plate of delicious shredded chicken breasts!
8. Put your desired portions into freezer-bags.
(I usually do 2-3 big bags..but it's easy to break off a small portion of
the frozen breasts if you need just a little. Be sure to lay your bags
flat in the freezer for that reason, and for quick thawing.)
9. Now it's ALL ready for you to pull out to make:
Chicken fried rice
The sky is the limit!
But don't stop there!
10. Put all the skins and bones in a bag, stick in the freezer.
Once you have a couple bags of parts,
pull that out on a boring Saturday and make chicken stock to freeze in
Ten really simple steps that you will be SO thankful
for on a busy night!
And nothing is wasted!