Warning: Please excuse the rant. If you just want the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page.
As some of you may know, I became an avid coupon user roughly 1 1/2 years ago. (And I wonder where my time for crafting, sewing, reading, cooking, taking photographs, schooling went... hmmm...) Upon arriving home, with bargains in hand, I would have my family guess as to how much I spent for 'all of this'. It was fun. I was much like a lioness arriving home from a hunt with her kill hanging from her mouth. That imagery by the way is what my husband attributed to me one Saturday morning after I returned home from the grocery store. I suppose it fits.
Anyway...we were revamping our budget, and the notion of stockpiling so that we could be more selective about when to buy and buy at the best price, was very appealing. And it worked. We were saving money while amassing a great deal of food stuffs. Most definitely. For the most part. Except...
My pantry was filled with items that I wouldn't have typically bought (some of them healthy and some not). On a positive note, we were able to stay within our budget AND introduce more organic/natural items to our diet. However, I still had (okay, have...it's dwindling) a boatload of other food stuff that wasn't the best choice. Some with ingredients that (I have since read) are not good for you. I already knew about some items: HFCS, hydrogenated oils, sodium, trans fats, fake colors & flavors, preservatives, pesticides, organic vs conventional, when to buy organic & when it's 'okay' (according to 'experts') to eat conventional... The list is almost endless. Maybe we should just hole ourselves up somewhere and not eat?
We know we need to be healthier. My husband & I are fatter (mainly me) and tired (both of us) and lack strength & stamina (mainly me again). It's not only our diet that we have to be concerned about, but it's also incorporating exercise (ugh!) into our routine that will help. But this post is not about exercise. What is it about then , you ask?
What in the world has the title got to do with my soapbox? Keep reading and you'll see. As I'm slowing purging some of the 'bad' food (from our mini personal grocery store located in our basement)and replacing it with 'good' food, I know that I need to incorporate more homemade items, more cooking from scratch. And I need to be more selective in buying foods from the grocery store. (Yes, now I'm also trying to keep BHT out of our store-bought food.) We will try to buy more organic or local foods (Oooh...a hot topic floating around the blogosphere!) although many conventional foods are fine too. We will still eat ice cream and chocolate and chips and all that yummy stuff, but maybe in more moderation? Oh, and still trying to keep within our budget.
So without further boring you to death, let me tell you about the peanut butter. Since my husband has high blood pressure, we need to reduce his sodium intake (and mine and the kids'). I didn't have any no-salt peanut butter in the house on Saturday, so I made some. From scratch. This is nothing new, but it's new for me to make at home.
No-Salt Peanut Butter
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts (I used ones in the shell, minus the shell of course)
1 Tbsp oil
Combine in food processor until it's a paste. Then refrigerate. Makes 1 cup.
Notes: I used canola oil because that's what I had on hand, but if I do this again, I would use unrefined canola oil or peanut oil. (Oil: there's a topic I need to research more...) And maybe adding flax seeds or honey might be a good touch. My husband even mentioned cayenne pepper, spice-man that he is!