Galations 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galations 2:20-21

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More-with-Less

More-with-Less by Doris Janzen Longacre, is much more than your average cookbook. The cover of the book says it best..."Recipes and suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources." This book was given to me by a good family friend. What a great gift it has turned out to be.

Using a Christian and Biblical lens, Longacre writes on world shortages of food, overeating, and how to change. She goes through how to build a simpler diet by eating MORE whole grains, legumes, veggies & fruit, and nuts & seeds...and LESS meat & dairy and AVOIDING all together "superprocessed" & "superpackaged" food and things like food that has been shipped refrigerated for long distances.

She also has some great charts on things like "Comparative Costs of Protein Sources" along with writing about how to shorten your shopping list. And of course, most of the book is FULL of great recipes.

This book has been very helpful on my quest to become more frugal with the money God has blessed us with. I recommend everyone having this book close to your kitchen!

I made a Whole Wheat Dinner Roll recipe from this book to go with last nights "Pantry Pot Roast Dinner." Yes, I know it's not quite pot roast weather, but we are trying to eat more from the "pantry" as another money saving tactic and I had one in the freezer. I added a mixture of fresh, canned, and frozen veggies and it was delightful! I'm not a really big fan of the whole eating a big hunk of meat thing. I'd rather eat pasta any day, but I must say that this was the best pot roast I've ever eaten (and I'm not one to brag about my cooking). I'm just really impressed that mixing a bunch of stuff I had laying around turned out to be soooooo tastey. I also made a couple dozen rolls to freeze. I take just few out when we need them. A little time and money saving tip I learned a while ago.



3 comments:

Leanne said...

I saw this book at a Ten Thousand Villages store.{www.tenthousandvillages.com}

I picked it up to buy, too! And then thought I'd check and see if the library had it in circulation. It looked interesting...

We don't eat a lot of processed foods as it gives me migraines. Our CSA share has forced us into eating A LOT of vegetables (and fruit when in season). I think I could easily give up meat; we don't eat it that much. But I love cheese, yogurt, etc. I'm still going strong on this wheat-free... semi gluten-free diet.

rae-anna46 said...

I just reserved it at the library, thanks for the review!

Racquel said...

Leanne, how is the gluten-free thing working out for you? We try not eat too much processes foods either. I really like to make stuff by hand if I can too.

Rachael, Your mom gave me this book! I think she said she has a copy too. You could probably borrow it from her too.