17 Jul Saving Time with Char: When Time is Money at the Dollar Store
When I talk to people about being plant-strong, I always hear comments about the time factor they perceive that is involved with making delicious, plant-strong food. If you read this blog, you know that I have shaved corners on every angle of food shopping and prep. Following the time factor, the next thing people generally ask is about the cost factor of grains, fruits, and vegetables. Most people will agree that shopping plant-strong is far more economical than shopping for animal products.
Tonight I had to run to the dollar store. I needed a mailer because the transmitter on my heart rate monitor is broken. It needs to be sent in for a diagnostic evaluation…who knew? I may be lost without it, but am hopeful for a speedy return. It’s a Polar FT4, and I love it.
As I found my way to the stationery aisle, I noticed that the store had been reconfigured to accommodate freezers and refrigerators. It got my plant-strong wheels thinking…could I shop in a dollar store to make a few meals? All of a sudden, it became an adventure for me. Here’s what I found out for you…
- There are many “name-brands” of foods in the freezer and on the shelves. I would make certain to check the expiration dates, just to be on the safe side.
- You can spot an occasional organic item.
- Lots of dried beans, black, pinto, and red.
- There were salt-free tomatoes (no sugar added, either).
- Corn tortillas without added fat.
- Unsweetened applesauce.
- A huge assortment of spices and herbs…including HOT SAUCE!
- Brown Rice
- No Whole Wheat Pasta
I could go on. I will say that the freezer was a plethora of frozen veggies and fruits. The size of the packages ranged from 10-16 ounces. My favorite, Brussels Sprouts, was there. This dollar store had a total of thirteen vegetables. And the frozen fruit? Mango. Mixed berries. Peaches. Pineapple. Melon. It was a cornucopia of fruit…ready for “ice cream” making.
My point is this. I am not saying that you need to run to a dollar store and stock up…but, let’s say you are on vacation, and nearly out of food…and money. You could sustain yourself with frozen veggies, beans, frozen fruit, and more from the local dollar store. Take some time to cruise the aisles. Delicious meals are at your finger tips.
And, I will fess up. Yea, I got the mailers, but I also got frozen mango, mixed berries, and four types of green veggies…just to keep on hand. I ended up spending less than TEN DOLLARS, and I have a nice reserve of food. Never think that being plant-strong is out of your fiscal reach, because there are always ways to achieve plant-perfection.
Avoid the junk. Hunt for frozen. Your pockets will thank you. And so will your baggy pants!
Or foods from your freezer!