Stretchy Beans

Shop the Pantry First– My Method for Menu Planning

For the month of October, we’re focusing on tightening our belt and reducing our food costs. The main thing my family does to help with our food budget is menu planning. Close to 6 years ago I began meal planning.  At that time we were not eating a real foods diet. In fact, the entire …

5 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Did you throw $6.23 in the garbage can today? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s food and agriculture program the average American family of four throws away the equivalent of $2275 annually in food (1).  That is $189.58 each month or $6.23 each day! Keeping food out of the garbage can will help with your food budget. …

It’s Good to be Home and Menu Week of September 16

Christopher and I arrived home from Oregon late Saturday night.  Overall our trip went very well.  It was a ‘work’ trip as opposed to a pleasure trip but there was some good times.  We were able to visit with Christopher’s Great Grandma and also see my oldest daughter (Sierra) while we were there.  My work …

Menu Week of August 26

Week 2 of school but the first full week.  We seem to be adjusting to our schedule. Christopher really missed his sisters last week and kept asking where they were. This week he and I will be starting preschool (homeschool) so hopefully that will help pass the time.  A friend told me about Before Five …

Super Flexible Stuffed Burritos

While we were on our family vacation this summer we ate out at Chipotle’s.  We each had a huge stuffed burrito and while dining Joe said we should eat more burritos. I was surprised by that since we often have some sort of burrito, taco or tostado as part of our Stretchy Bean dishes. My …