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Do you ever worry about where your next meal is going to come from? Many moms do, and that's why food security is a hot topic. But what if I told you that you could bring food security right into your own home? It's true! You can start by growing your own fruits and vegetables. Not only will you know where your food is coming from, but you'll also save money on groceries. Interested in learning more? Keep reading!
First what is food security and why should you be concerned about it. From the Oxford dictionary, “food security is the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” According to the USDA, in 2020 10.5% of family’s were food insecure. With todays rising food costs, inflation, supply chain disruptions, food security is about to become harder.
What can you do about it? Take steps to grow your own food. No matter where you live, you can grow some of your own food. Even in an apartment. There are hydrophobic food towers now that work well for this and can grow an amazing amount of food. A balcony can house a small raised bed and grow more. I highly recommend the square foot gardening method if space is limited.
If you have a yard, even a small one, and city ordinance allows you can also have some chickens and or bees. This will give you a source of protein and a sweetener as well as help your garden be more productive.
You can start reducing your reliance on processed foods even before your garden is ready to harvest. Whole foods, like fresh and frozen vegetables, fruit, potatoes, squash, are good sources of nutrient. They are minimally processed, if at all. Start shopping the outside of the store instead of the middle isles. As you start to eat less processed foods, you’ll find you don’t eat as much or crave the boxed meals. Why? Because your body is being fed with for that nourishes your body instead of just filling it up. This will also help you save money at the store.
Buying in bulk when possible is hands done the best was to purchase the food you need. It keeps your pantry full, and helps your pocket book in the long run. But how do you store or preserve fresh produce for long periods of time? Some like squash and potatoes can be placed in the basement where it is cool and dry and keep for months. Check them occasionally, but I’ve had squash and potatoes in my basement all winter. Most fruits and vegetables you can vacuum seal and freeze. Vacuum sealing is the best, and fastest, way to preserve the nutritional value of the the food. Some, like carrots, need to be blanched before freezing, but something like Brussels sprouts do not.
One of my favorite meals to make that is nutrient packed and easy is the one pan roasted medley.
Take a meat, chicken breasts is a favorite, place on large baking pan.
Drizzle with oil, salt, rosemary, pepper, and garlic.
Add veggies, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower are fantastic.
Bake at 350 until meat is done. Usually at least 30 min