I have been reading a lot lately on a quest for more knowledge. I'm on a mission to learn all there is to learn about feeding a family when one may have small reserves. Hopefully my quest I'll help someone somewhere.
I heard a lady say that she has come to the realization that if she learned how to make bread and soup her family would never go hungry. Soup and bread is one of my family's favorite meals. I especially Like or because a few minutes in the morning and dinner is well on its way to being , well, dinner.
Some drop cheezy biscuits or a loaf of quick artisan bread and dinner is done. Hands on time , maybe twenty minutes.
I am not found of freezer meals, I went to a freezer meal class years ago. My main objection is that they take up valuable freezer space with your meat and vegetables etc that don't necessarily need to take up space. I need my space for protein and vegetables --oh, and ice cream! LOL. The other reason, is that I have health issues and before retirement I had time constraints. A lot of the time I held two jobs and a family to take care of. a busy mom's best defense is multi tasking. Efficient cooking leaves more time to plan meals and shopping trips and you can take that to the bank.
I have been dehydrating some foods lately and can see where a few pint jars of a soup mix might be a real benefit if I'm otherwise occupied. Dumping a jar and adding two jars of water to a slow cooker or soup pot is a activity most people in this household can muster. Lol.
Refrigerator no knead bread dough is a recipe that is a lifesaver. Anytime that two ten minute blocks of time can produce a loaf of bread 🥖 that is one tenth of the cost of store bought is nothing short of a miracle.
Most soups can be made for less than two dollars and when you add .30 for a loaf of bread, you still have a really cheap meal.