Spirunlina?! and Cheap Groceries... And a new recipe!

So before I start the discussion about the supposed superfood Spirulina, I'd like to take you on the journey of grocery shopping affordably and organically. Done.... that's it. I don't know how. Our grocery bill has been quite honestly more than our house payment by plenty and we cannot afford it. So I'm beginning to delve deeper into the world of budget cutting and cheaper food. We can do this together! I started by deciding that avocados, while a extremely healthy favorite of many in this family, are too expensive for regular consumption, and have been (very sadly) demoted to treat food. We also are using far less plant based milk, which cuts down, but mainly because my children will only drink the full sugar junk. We try not to do tons of sugar, but i'm not convinced they get enough calcium, B12 and other stuff based on the level of picky. I'm continuing to work on cutting down by leaving out processed foods (though the occasional Gardein nuggets pop in). We each so much produce (I'm literally not kidding when I tell you that we only allow our oldest 3 apples a day) that it's hard to cut down more (bananas were a cheaper staple but our youngest may be allergic), but I need to find more ways. I'm going to try to cut our groceries by 1/3 at least.

Tonight's dinner is what I just invented called Spring Rolls no Rolls. I make incredible spring rolls, but here's the difference. Leaving off the "wrapper" saves calories (carbs and fat from the oil from frying or baking) and money! Oh yeah, and the time rolling all those rolls! I'm hoping the kids are fooled (even though I've already been told that my daughter only likes the roll part-she may be hungry!)

Spring Rolls no Roll
feeds about 6-8

shredded cabbage (I use a mix of green and purple) 2 small cabbages
6 shredded carrots
Kale/spinach/broccoli etc (ground up so that your kids don't know what they are)
garlic or onions (ground, see above)
anything else that you want to hide

dipping sauce (adult version)
1 cup seasoned rice vinegar heated for 20 seconds with minced garlic and crushed red pepper (to taste)
mix in about a tablespoon of soy sauce or alternative
scallions if desired

Normally I stir fry these vegetables with a bit of coconut oil. then sprinkle with turmeric and a grind of black pepper to increase the healing strength of turmeric. I sprinkle a bit of seasoned rice vinegar also. then I usually wrap it in the wrappers and either fry them in a coconut/olive oil combo, or brush them with oil and bake them (a much healthier though not as crispy version). Tonight, I am forgoing the rolls (and probably my children eating). Possibly adding bok choy and rice.

WHO decided spirulina is something to eat?! Yikes! I got a free sample from viva foods in a review group. Goodness... It took me 3 days to get it opened without the smell making me ill. (and I use to LOVE seafood before we became vegetarian/veganish). Yikes, then I had to make a smoothie that I thought may have the fortitude to hide it. I have not yet noticed any magical happenings, but I appreciate it's nutritional value. Maybe i'll sprinkle it in the Spring rolls :) ha


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