If you missed the post this weekend, we’ve started a holiday recipes round up for party or holiday meal foods. Take a Peek and come share your favorites.
Brown vs white rice is controversial in traditional foods circles. Some of the arguments I’ve seen have reached the ridiculous point of verbal blows. Had they been in the same room together, it would have been a fist fight. It’s off-putting so I quit researching the issue and let my budget be the guide.
< dons fireproof vest >
Here’s a true confession: I use white rice. Not only white rice, but plain, non-organic, grocery store white rice.
Not only is it grocery store white rice, it’s THAT grocery store white rice.
I buy my rice from….
So there you have it. I admitted it in public.
Why, YES, I did see that movie. And I agreed with most of it.
Why, YES, I am more than aware of social inequality and shady business practices. No, I do not agree with their policies and forcing many of their employees onto state aid.
Why, NO, I don’t like supporting them at all.
I can hear the screams of WHY??? from some in the audience. “I thought you stood for local, in-season and farmer support!!”
I absolutely do, but I also must squeeze my food budget until each Old Abe begs to be spent just to get out of my grip. And I say that with a straight face. You should feel sorry for the pennies within my grasp.
I need to be able to buy in bulk to get the best prices. Wal-mart rice offers the best opportunity to meet both of those goals in my area with the selection available to me. Hubby also drives right past it on the way home from work, eliminating the extra gas and time needed for a separate trip. Perhaps if I lived elsewhere, I would have a different option. While I live in a tourist town, we only have the choice between Wal-mart and a local chain with higher prices for our groceries.
In the Good, Better, Best Series, you found out that I view toxins from fat and animal products as a far bigger threat than toxins from conventional grains. So I reserve as much as I can in my budget for the foods that are potentially more of a threat to our health. I buy my beef locally from an organic-practice farmer. I raise my own chickens. I buy as much in-season and local produce as I possibly can. These practices eat up a significant chunk of my grocery budget.
The truth is that white rice is cheap, the food budget is beyond tight, we’re facing yet another lay-off right here at the holidays after being under-paid for over a year and I have four bellies to keep full for three meals a day, seven days a week. White rice is one of the few things I buy at Wal-mart and I try very hard not to buy much from them. But this is just one area where I don’t have the wiggle room unless I want to give up a locally-sourced animal product and compromise our nutrition with feed-lot beef or grocery store eggs.
So there you have it, the honest truth. And it doesn’t hurt so much, does it?
I will not pretend to be something I am not. I am not a person with a huge food budget and I am not a person who will go into debt for food when the budget is tight.
And I’ll share a little secret with you. You don’t need someone else’s permission nor should you feel ashamed if you have to buy some or all of your groceries from Wal-mart because of a tight budget. You’re just doing what you can with what you have, where you are. And I am, too.
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