Going Wildly Affordable Organic on $5 a day
Are you aware of the 2007 “Food Stamp Challenge”? Because it involved politicians (and I’m politibate), I wasn’t. Apparently politicians and activists took the challenge to live on a budget of one dollar per meal for one week. One of those activists, Linda Watson, decided to amend the challenge, and eat healthy on $3 per day. The result of the Watson challenge is Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet—All on $5.00 a Day or Less. Other results included Watson and her husband sleeping better, losing weight, feeling more alert, and making less trash—the beginnings of a complete change of life.
One of the especially nice things about organic cooking is that the menu changes seasonally. Watson tailors cooking strategies and shopping lists to accommodate the availability of fresh foods. Following Watson’s challenge means more work in the kitchen—bake your own bread, make your own yogurt, prepare large batches—but adapting the diet to your lifestyle, or alternating your regular diet with some of Watson’s recipes, will have you eating healthier and saving money (hmmmm…eating and saving, two of my favorite activities).
Watson shares 100 recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dessert, a meal plan, and some of her “Food Stamp Challenge” experiences. She also advises when it’s okay to cut costs and use non-organic ingredients, how to use leftovers, how to save time by preparing multiple dishes simultaneously, and how best to use a freezer (you may be surprised by some of her suggestions).
Wildly Affordable Organic is a strong introduction to organic cooking, offering recipes that will appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and people who just happen to love fruits and veggies. The money-saving and health benefits are added value.