IT'S THRIFTY THURSDAY AGAIN....Enjoy
God provided all that man needs here on earth apart from the Spiritual link that makes us complete in Him. Let's read 2Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I look at this scripture as the solution for Hosea 4:6. Knowledge is power as we all know. In running a home, knowledge is one thing we can't do without. This helps in the way we dispense our finance and tun our homes.
God does not like waste in anyway. Which is why we too on our part have to manage the resources He has given us.
Welcome to our talk on how to cook healthy and cook thrifty.
Many people have different ways of running
their homes. Running a home demands a lot of wisdom, studying ways and implementation of the very things learnt. We'll start with how we can cook healthy. My own side of origin eat a lot of vegetables which has been proven to be good for us due to the manifold benefits in them. Some may say getting them is pretty expensive. I'll tell you a big NO! Like I said earlier, knowledge is vital. Especially when you have children, it's good to give them good food for proper development .
It's important to have vegetables in our menu at least 4 days a week. A lot have been told the lie that sugar causes haemorrhoids (pile) but I'll tell you it's a lack of vegetables in our menus.
There are so many vegetable based meals to introduce in menu.
For me, it does not always have to be with swallows. You can make a version of Edikangikong and eat it with unripe plantain, rice, yam...you can even make it a side dish with your beans. Add dried fish, use crayfish and less maggi (or her sisters..ha haha ha). Met a very vibrant elderly woman that said her secret was meals with almost no maggi seasoning but lots of crayfish. It's natural and this makes it healthy.
You can use tuwo shinkafa to equally eat these soups(really nice especially with afang soup ) and can be interesting for chidren.
Growing up, my mum never took no from us when it came to mealtimes. She would go to the extent of sitting behind you with a cane to make sure you ate. She would give us a heap of vegetables (soup) and eba (which I hated). She would lace our rice yam with cod liver oil. Very good for the bones and teeth. Omega 3 is a good anti -stress treatment. You know it helps to straighten the legs of a child with super bow legs..
Not forgetting efo riro. The iru in is very food for the eyes. Can also be eaten with a lot of accompaniments to make it interesting.
All these are achievable.
Fruits are another gift from nature. They are good anti-oxidants. This is really good for us. Have you ever tried staying on fruits alone for a few days (3-a. Week)? You'll like the way you'll feel afterwards. It's a great way of detoxifying oneself.
All these items are in our markets but you need to know how and where you can get real good bargains to save a lot of cash.
1. There are areas like Oshodi (specific areas) they have the early morning market (5-6am) where you buy up to 10 times the quantity of what you buy from the market at the same price. You will ask..how do I preserve them????
I buy lots of ugwu, waterleaf (Ile Epo market) , bitterleaf, efo oko (Ile Epo market) and many other types of vegetables you may not know about that are from our side of the country. What I do is pick them, wash them and chop them. You can use your food processor for those that don't have the skills for chopping much vegetables (ha ha ha ha ah). I use ziploc to package them and label them including the date and freeze. You can cook soups at any given time without thinking market all the time.
2. I buy fish from major cold rooms that sell in cartons. You can share with people there. You can buy a quarter carton, one eighth...as you want. Eg croacker fish - a carton is about 14k there-about and contains up to 34 pieces of fish depending on the size. Imagine buying half a carton and compare the price to what you pay for a piece (about 1.5k) and it will not be as big or fresh...
I clean them when I get back, season (salt, pepper, slices of onions), drain, package and freeze. Imagine if you want to make a quick stew... the same with meats. Buy in bulk from the abattoir. Wash and either package in portions or cook them. Easy cook for quickmeals.
3. Tomatoes, pepper.. you can share a basket. Grind and boil to near dryness and freeze. Easy and quick to use for beans, stew....
4. You can buy onions in bulk too. They keep well when kept in a dry place. Buy from those that sell from bags. You can share a bag with as many that are available depending on what quantity you want. It truly is good bargain.
5. If you like to cook in bulk, packaging in small packs (to freeze) will help when you want to eat.
There are other methods we can equally apply based on the things you may have learnt and the knowledge we may gotten one Way or the other
The summary of it all is that, with all God has provided us, we can live healthy and long. If we eat well and with God working in us, sickness will be far from us. Moderation is the watch word in all. Keep the body God has given you well so you will enjoy life as you were meant to.
God bless you and enjoy you day.
Eden Idongesit Umanah
(Idongesit Eden Umanah-Oloyede)
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