Today is meatless Monday. It’s the day where you swap a meat
entree for a meatless version. Whatever it is, it works with my budget which currently only allows for lentils, beans, vegetables and, well, you get the drift.
I remember my Grandmother had us eating meatless not just on Mondays, but several days throughout the week. It was just more economical. A typical weeks fare would look like this:
Monday – Cabbage and potatoes
Tuesday – Greens and cornbread
Wednesday – Black eyed peas and cornbread
Thursday – Smothered pork chops and buttered rice
Friday – Fried fish or salmon cakes and mashed potatoes
Saturday – Sandwiches or leftovers
Sunday – Baked Chicken, macaroni & cheese and a vegetable
An entire family ate whatever she put in her iron pans and pots. I mean, cousins, grandsons, granddaughters (me & my sisters) and daughters, and son-in-laws.
We all ate in Beautiful Lovie’s kitchen, until a stroke kept her from cooking as often. Then, she learned how to cook with one arm and the help of a grand child or her daughter, my Aunt Barbara.
It was my job to do the grocery shopping. This meant as a preteen, I had to walk the mean streets of my Chicago neighborhood, with a cart, and a hidden pocket of money and food stamps to the nearest grocery store. Chicago does it big! It’s blocks are miles long, so my little legs would get a great workout. I stayed slim until I turned 25, just from walking and eating vegetables most days.
Now, this many years later Beautiful Lovie’s budgeting is the in thing. Thanks Grandma!
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