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This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s amazing to me how far my parents could stretch a buck. I can remember my dad working long hours and coming home playing Knex with me and fishing on the weekends. As an adult, I can look back and solidly appreciate just how hard it must have been to keep everything together all of the time. A young father, a little girl, and working incredibly long hours to make it all come together. The thing is, I never knew any different. It amazing me that there was always enough; I never wanted. There was always food in the fridge, and they made sure there was always a hot meal on the table.
We existed in a rotation of Shake-N-Bake and Green Giant. There were taco nights and take-out pizzas. It was a happy balance that worked for us. My family may not have shopped in the organic section, had we one in out market when I was a child, but the holidays were always an abundant feast that everyone looked forward to. We never did without, we always had enough.
I remember friends of the family stopping by and always making room for one more at the table and the savvy my step-mom has with a $0.89 box of pasta to feed a small hungry army of teens. I am sure many of you, looking back, can recognize the same abilities in your family. Humble roots that kept you grounded but worked a miracle of abundance so that you were always fed.
However, I know it’s not as easy as it looked to me back then. That there is a real pressure when it comes time to feed a family on today’s budgets. The confusing lingo at the market doesn’t help make healthy choices as you can feel pulled in needing to manage a budget and provide the best options for your family. With buzzwords like organic, GMO, and hormones being tossed around with blurred regulations, being a consumer is harder than ever, especially when you are counting dollars and working to stick to a budget.
I sat, talking about my roots with the fine people of the Idaho Potato Commission and we all got a little inspired. What more simple product is there on the shelf, than the potato? The potato is a staple around so many meals and recipes, an overlooked ever present side to menu plans across the country. I was challenged to put it to the test, or rather, my money where my mouth is, and see just how far I could stretch my hard earned dollars.
With a goal of $25, I went to the market to create four family meals. Stay tuned all this week to see how I did.
Better yet, download the grocery list and try it for yourself.