Feasting for Less

Is it just me or has there been an abundance of “meal deals” advertised on television? Have they always been there and I never noticed? 

I am one of “those people” who has the t.v. on and half watches while blogging, reading the newspaper, making dinner, surfing the net. If I am not doing something else I am flipping channels when the commercials come on.

I don’t think I have ever seen the “hand” shake change out of the couch to buy Hamburger Helper. Or the stunned astonishment on the woman’s face when that same “hand” reveals that she can feed her family of four for less than $10.

Is it a coincidence that Hamburger Helper has been on sale the last few weeks?

I have seen Hamburger Helper in the grocery store but never used it. I had to ask my boyfriend what it was exactly. He has never used HH but it looks to be a more seasoned version of KD that one mixes with sauteed ground beef for a delicious, nutritious dinner for four. 

Sorry- I was temporarily mesmerized by the commercial. Call me a fatty but I doubt that there would be enough food for more than two people with normal appetites. As far as nutritious and delicious, I’ll leave that to the imagination.

I think the real issue is that a lot of people just don’t know how to cook. It is a lost art. I was flipping channels and landed on MTV. Three people were asked what they are doing to save money these days. One said he was eating ramen noodles and wearing his clothes a few extra times before doing the laundry. Nice. One was going to take the $10 dollars she usually spends on a salad for lunch to buy the greens and vegetables to make 40 salads. I am not sure about 40 but you would certainly get more for your money. Ramen boy actually had a valid point about food spoilage making a deal less so but then he thought salad greens were stored in the freezer…

I have thought about opening up a retail/cafe/bakery/gallery/school where, among the many courses I would offer, the first would be classes on basic cooking and meal planning. If you can nail the basics, you can kiss Hamburger Helper, KD and ramen noodles goodbye forever- if you want. A little knowledge will go a long, long way. 

Save money, eat better, eat healthier. 

Jamie Oliver has been on a food crusade and claims that he could cook anything cheaper than what you would find in any fast food joint. I haven’t done the analysis on this but personally, I like to know what goes into my food.

Wins for you but perhaps not so much for restaurants or all the purveyors of prepared foods that have experienced fantastic growth in the last few years.

It all boils down to choices.

I love eating out but not every day.

For me, it is a social thing. I don’t think I have ever eaten out by myself or ordered in or brought home takeaway for one.

I love to cook but not every day.

The money I save doing what I like to do anyway justifies (in my mind) those occasions where I go somewhere special.

I have dinner reservations in a couple posh restaurants during Winterlicious. Normally you wouldn’t be able to get out of there without being a couple hundred dollars lighter in the pocket but the prix fixe options for these two are pretty fantastic. I think I might have done a happy dance when we were confirmed for my number one choice. They were taking reservations for Winterlicious weeks ago- we got lucky!

I am a little giddy just thinking about that dinner but my number one is days away…

I wonder if I have everything I need to make chicken fried rice for lunch tomorrow…

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~ by angryegg on February 4, 2009.

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