Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook Review
- Are you on a tight budget?
- Do you have to use your local Food Bank user?
- What are your cooking skills? Limited?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions-then this Cookbook is for you!
How it came to be:
The Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook has been available in paperback format since 2011. It was written because of the needs being expressed in our local community.
Increased Minimum Wage is a good thing, right?
In 2010 our Provincial Government increased the minimum wage. At first, financially struggling families were excited but quickly learned the downside of this increased income–the cost of everything else increased also. In fact, prices increased so much that people actually had less money for everyday items–including food.
Another downside due to the increased wage burden on small business owners was that they had to reduce their payroll expenses by either laying off or cutting hours of their employees.
What some activists had petitioned the Provincial Government for as a good thing for the labor force by increasing wages–actually backfired !!
In our region it backfired hugely. Suddenly families with lost jobs or lost hours could no longer afford housing–let alone food !
Yes, many families became homeless as they had to juggle finances to get back on their feet.
As family after family came through our ministry for assistance, I suddenly realized recurring comments that many of them were making.
- How can I put food on my table?
- Show me how to get the best shopping deals.
- How can I switch up the same Food Bank canned goods and pastas into something new?
- Help me to fight back against the rising cost of food and feed my family.
So, I asked some of them back–“Would a cookbook resource help?”
Well, everyone and everywhere I asked–I got a resounding, “YES!”
So within 3 months, I launched a recipe appeal, gathered, compiled, typed, printed and started home production of the over 200 page Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook.
From the recipes gathered the key requirements were:
- simple to make
- ingredients included standard Food Bank foods
- had to use basic items found in most kitchens (no exotic or unpronounceable mystery ingredients)
From My Own Experience:
Although recipes were gathered from several women of varying cooking abilities, the bulk of the content comes from my own recipe creations.
These are recipes I created out of my own experiences as a financially struggling family including 5 years on Social Assistance as a Single Parent.
Some of the least expensive to make—also became neighborhood favorites for other kids in our Social Housing Complex, making it affordable to feed them too.
In fact, a few years ago, one of these children, now a financially struggling adult received her own copy of this Cookbook. Her first comment was– “Are those Cinnamon Rolls in here?”
When I told her “yes”–she gave me a big hug and shared her fond memories of the Cinnamon Roll days in the complex.
Now you can be empowered to put more food on your table with less $$.
Reviews from actual Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook owners:
Here are some comments from other Cookbook owners:
“Love the recipes. Simple and practical. Have utilized the “substitution” pages. It’s my “go to” Cookbook.
“I have their Cookbook and use it all the time. Great recipes for the thrifty cook. Barry and Theresa work so hard at helping people make the most of life. While they ask nothing in return. This Cookbook is an example of that. Full of hope, love, and dang good cooking. Bless you.”
“As a family of 8, we are definitely on a limited budget. The first day I got the Cookbook we tried the Cheese and Noodle Casserole, everything the recipe called for I had in my house. It was simple, quick, and delicious. We have used the Cookbook a couple of times a week since we got it and it has helped me to stay on budget while making healthy and delicious food for our family. I look forward to the next cookbook Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs puts out!”
Well, there you have it as reviewed by some Cookbook users.
As Kristy C. mentioned how her family enjoyed the Cheese and Noodle Casserole—here it is for you!
Cheese and Noodle Casserole
1 bag (450g) medium sized noodles
650-700g (1 1/2lbs) ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg dry Onion Soup mix
¼ cup water
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
2 cans Tomato soup
1 cup grated cheese
In a large saucepan, cook the noodles as directed on the package. In a large frying pan, or electric skillet, brown the ground beef. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened. Add the dry Onion soup mix and the ¼ cup water and simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes. Now add all the other soups to the mixture and stir well. Add the cooked noodles to the mixture and stir well. Put in 1-2 casserole dishes. Bake at 250F on the center rack for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake for another 15 minutes. Makes 4-8 servings.
But more than recipes—this Cookbook is full of other excellent resources too!
- Getting Started
- Balanced Meal Planning
- Become a C.S.I.
- Bulk Buying
- Kitchen Cupboard Supplies
- Kitchen Tools Needed
- Baby—Money Saving Tips
- Emergency Substitutions
- Home Disasters
- Home Remedies
- Keeping the Kids busy!!
- and so much more.
In our community there have been a few families that have taken the budgeting tips contained within very seriously and they are now proud homeowners of their own Habitat for Humanity homes.
So, let this Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook (ebook resource) empower you towards your own hope and a future.
Purchase today for $20 (CAD) and get started changing your tomorrow!