Chilly months are the time for soups not salads and home-made soups win hands down. And you don’t need to be a Masterchef to do it.
We picked up a Pumpkin for $2.49, a couple of onions, a carrot from the garden and some potatoes.
Peeled and chopped and thrown into a stock pot. Add some stock and a sprinkle of herbs and bring it to the boil. Leave it simmering until the vegies have softened up and then blend with a stick blender and it’s good to go.
Served up with some garlic bread and the belly gets full and warm.
I often hear people telling me about how much it costs to eat fresh fruit and vegetables but really this is just another great excuse.
Eating fresh fruit and vegetables is about looking at what is seasonally available that you enjoy eating. We are defiantly blessed this year with the incredibly long period of warm weather we have enjoyed. This has extended the growing period of many of the warm weather fruits and vegetables.
And don’t forget that the fruits and vegetables which you enjoy don’t just have to be the ones from the supermarket. You can alway plant some and grow your own. In September last year as a family we planted the fruits and vegetable which we enjoy and have been reaping the rewards since. You don’t need a large area or much gardening knowledge.
Many veggies can be grown in pots and even some of the great fruits which we enjoy especially the citrus varieties can be grown in pots too (your local garden centre can advise which one are best for you).
We had pea, snow peas and beans only a couple of weeks from planting. Our cucumber plants went berserk and kept us in cucumber for the whole of the summer and they are still going, I have just harvested some more carrots and we even have a watermelon still growing much to our girls excitement.
And the mandarins are starting to ripen ready to be munched as the cold weather comes – letting us top up the Vitamin C and fight off any of those nasty bugs.
Yes, fruit and vegetables can be expensive but with some thought about what you are going to enjoy and some planning in your garden or on your deck and you can cut the cost of eating well.