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      We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and

      birth of child. In a best case scenario we will be paying $6,000 out

      of pocket. In a worst case, we will be paying $12,000 out of pocket.

      It is extremely important that we stay under budget.

      Our bills that are flexible are water and electric/gas. I am asking

      my children to take shorter showers and may actually get a count down

      timer. For electric I am goign to try to minimize what we use and

      keep the heat low in the winter and high in the summer. For gas, I

      have chosen to stick close to home for the kids activities (1

      activity 20 minutes away, weekly, 1 15 minutes away twice a month).

      For groceries we have really cut back but I need some more ideas to

      really stretch the budget. I am trying Hillbilly housewife for all

      meals/snacks except dinner (no one in my house would eat like that).

      So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more meal

      ideas…

      2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten

      my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty foods

      or high processed

      My husband cannot tolerate very acidic foods

      I used to be a vegan, so I am not into too much meat or heavy

      meals..I tend to have an easily upset stomach

      If you have any ideas or websites let me know.

      Nicole

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      Here’s one that’s not greasy, and it can also be made w/o the beef if necessary. My hubby was ready to turn his nose up at this one until he tasted it! If you make your own bread it would go great w/ this one, scratch or machine. Biscuits would work, too, for those who can eat the gluten, that is!

      Lentil Stew

      1 cup dry lentils
      2-1/2 cups water
      2 beef bouillon cubes
      1/2 pound ground beef, browned and drained
      2 cups tomato juice
      1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
      1/2 cup chopped onion
      2 celery stalks, chopped
      1 garlic clove, minced

      Clean and rinse lentils. In a saucepan, bring lentils, water and bouillon to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.

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