Spice of life: Cooking up tips for economical meal ideas


Submitted photos Pizza burgers are a fast inexpensive meal that any family can add their own flavor or twist to.

Recently, I was contacted by two local women in need of help.

They found me through my column, and both needed some real help. I was touched that they asked me and struck by the fact that they, like me, were hard-working women just trying to provide for their families.

They had very different circumstances, but their stories were familiar and included divorce, homelessness and loss of job or caring for their parents. These women were facing problems that any of us could face. One minute you are living your life, and the next you are trying to survive day to day.

I have written about the problem of food insecurity before. It seems to be a problem that gets worse, not better. I wonder how many of you have ever checked the statistics in Johnson County.

How many people, our neighbors, our friends, maybe even our family, are struggling to make ends meet?

These women were searching for information, recipes and tips on how to feed their families on a shoestring budget. One also needed resources on how to make meals ahead and freeze them for later.

Now, I am by no means an expert, but I am a part of a network of food writers from all over the world, so I set about forming a plan.

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