It's an odd photo, but one I am proud of. It represents something to me. Each one of those paper bags in the top of my closet is a full dinner kit, a meal that is nutritionally complete and delicious. It represents ten days of food security, ten days I won't have to stress about what's for dinner. That is ten days less of having to travel to the not-so-near nearest grocery store to pick up something we forgot or ran out of, which always has put a strain on our grocery budget.
We tested a few recipes this last month from a book called Dinner, It's In the Bag. We only tried a few, and we all liked them enough to put some up in our food storage.
It wasn't exactly cheap, and it wasn't exactly quick. But it was cheap enough that we can add more every week or two. And by spending a day buying, organizing, pre measuring spices, and packaging, and writing the recipe cards, those dinners are easy enough that my teens can prepare them and they won't complain about how it takes.