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Eat for 40 Cents a Day: Part Eight: Eat More Soup
|Swiss Chard (Silverbeet) Soup|
This tip works regardless of where you live. This last week I've received letters from women in Denmark, Brazil, and Australia. I know that not all of the things that I am doing to keep my grocery bill as low as possible will work everywhere in the world (buying in bulk, for instance), but this is a tip that works for everyone, in every country. It's something that has been done for thousands of years.
The tip is simple: Eat more soup! Not just once in a while. Having soup once a day really helps us to keep our grocery bill down.
There are all kinds of soups, including very expensive soups, but the least expensive soups are the ones I strive to put on the table at my house.
|Chicken Noodle Soup|
Most of them are meatless. If they do have meat, it is a very small amount, and I serve those soups less often.
Soups can be cold or hot. They can be made ahead of time and you can eat from them for several meals. If you're single, a large pot of soup might be your lunch for the week. If you want variety, you can freeze several servings of the soup to pull out for a quick meal for another day.
Most days, our lunch is where we have soup. It's easiest for me to start a pot of soup in the morning while I'm making breakfast for us to have at lunch. This is the beauty of soup as well: it can cook while you're doing something else. You can make a batch of soup while you're preparing another meal, and it can cook while you do something else (like make bread!)
"But Brandy, wasn't it 105º at your house today? I don't want to make soup when it's hot outside!"
We had soup for lunch today anyway. Of course, when the weather is colder soup is more welcomed. Perhaps for your family, you will find that you can serve soup every day when it's colder and everyone will be thrilled (especially if you make homemade bread to go with it!) In the springtime, I can serve soup with a salad from the garden. Occasionally, we'll have soup with a sandwich, which usually means I'll have leftover soup for another meal.
There are days when we have leftovers for lunch and soup for dinner.
And while we don't always have it every day, it's on the menu at least 4 times a week, and often more. I find that when I get away from having soup as often, the cost of our menus rises significantly. Soup is the best solution for quickly lowering our costs.
|Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup|
If you're looking for a few low-cost soups, check out my soups page.
See how I incorporate soups into our fall menu (and our spring menu, for those of you who are reading from the other hemisphere!)
I'd like to take this opportunity to announce that my recipe for Swiss chard soup is now available on my website! You can find it here.
What are your favorite frugal soups?
(We're not talking about lobster bisque here! Make sure they're inexpensive.) Share the soups that cost you very little to make! You can post links to some of your favorites in your comments.
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