Eating a diet that supports a healthy planet is important to me, but sticking to my food budget is too. Eating green has a reputation of being expensive, thanks to the exorbitant prices we typically see at the local health food store, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Budget-friendly meals can also be sustainable and I like to buy produce that supports local farmers. Here is my favorite salad using locally produced greens and tomatoes (and it’s under $2.50 per serving):
Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette: This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing...read full post »
I’m one of those people who insists on doing her own taxes. I like to see exactly where my money is going, and usually, it’s not going where I want it to. So instead of going out to a local dive bar for a burger and fries to ease the stress, I’m going to tighten my belt and make these delicious recipes for cheap eats. Take the Stuffed Pork Sandwich, for example. At 353 calories it still has that ooey goey melted cheese that I crave without all the calories, plus at $3 a serving it’s better for my bank account. Feel like going to the local cantina for dinner? Save some money by preparing some inexpensive Mexican food at home...read full post »
There’s nothing more fun than dyeing Easter eggs and hiding them. But once the kids find them, what are you to do with 20 hard-boiled eggs? My co-worker Carolyn hates to waste food so she suggested these recipes for hard-boiled eggs as well as other yummy egg recipes. Why throw those brightly colored, yet perfectly good eggs away when they could be turned into lunch or even dinner? Not me.
Here are a few recipes that can use hard-boiled Easter eggs:
EatingWell Deviled Eggs: Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese—keeping the filling velvety and rich while reducing some of the fat. No one will know the difference...read full post »
I love Easter brunch, but I always thought it was stressful to pull together. I got up at the crack of dawn to get everything on the table by midmorning. Sure, it tasted great but I was always too tired to really enjoy it. This year I’m going with a new strategy. All the recipes for my holiday table can be made ahead of time (with the exception of the drink, but that takes only 10 minutes from start to finish). That way I can relax a little and free up some time to enjoy the day.
Here is my easy Easter Brunch Menu:
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole: This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and-cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg...read full post »
At long last spring is here (though it sometimes feels like it takes an eternity!) and for me that means one thing: time to break out my grill. Some of my favorite spring recipes are great for the grill, which keeps me out of the kitchen and enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Take full advantage of the nice weather with a few of my favorite spring grilling recipes:
Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Apricot Salad: This grilled pork dish offers a triple hit of the fruit with an apricot preserve glaze for the tenderloin plus a grilled apricot and watercress salad with an apricot-spiked vinaigrette. Serve with grilled whole-grain country bread and a chilled Chardonnay, which will...read full post »