Organic, Sustainable, and Local Cooking for any Budget
We can become happier, healthier, and more secure by cooking and eating real food again. Join the movement to make delicious, seasonal meals from scratch. You'll reduce your grocery bills and probably your medical bills. You'll have the joy of vibrant health and the relief of being able to eat well on even a small budget. You'll make a positive difference for yourself, your family, and for your community and planet.
A plant-based menu is heart-healthy and is wildly affordable, even with organic ingredients. I get the best value for my money by choosing sturdy, in-season vegetables. I shop first at the farmers' market for the freshest produce. Sometimes I splurge on local flowers, bread, or pickles too.
The end of summer at the farmers' market!
It's pepper season now, with the last of the okra, basil, peaches, and cucumbers. Arugula and kale signal the greens to come. I'm also spotting eggplant, summer squash, and watermelon. Look for local corn meal and flour, too. See below for seasonal recipes.
Here are some of my favorite early fall recipes. If you'd like to invest in good meals for the cold months, see how to freeze bell peppers. You'll find more, including recipes for peach cobbler and pasta sauce, in my books Wildly Affordable Organic (vegetarian) and Fifty Weeks of Green (vegan).
- Slow-Cooker Ratatouille Italiano
- Stir-Fried Vegetables with Chickpeas and Peanuts
- Baba Ganoush (smoky eggplant spread)
- Slow-Cooker Butternut-Squash Soup (a something-for-nothing recipe using pinto-bean broth)
- Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Beets, Cukes, and Peppers
- Mexican Grilled Peach Sorbet
- Slow-Cooker Peach Sauce
Don't worry about getting enough protein. Most Americans eat too much every day. Vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds have all the protein you need.
Buying in bulk, eating with the seasons, and cooking ahead are all key skills in the Wildly Affordable Organic kitchen.
Year-round organic, real-food recipes
- Cuban Black Beans
- Dairy-Free Pizza with Hummus (match your toppings with the season)
- Lentilicious Sunshine Spread
- Steamed Collards or Kale with Peanut-Lime Sauce
- Power Jars for Grab-and-Go Lunches
- Hot Italian Cocoa Cookies
Why cook the Wildly Affordable Organic way?
Go green for $5 a day or less with mostly organic or sustainably raised ingredients. Or focus on cost to save even more! Either way, you'll probably be spending less than the food-stamp allowance for someone with no other means. We can afford to eat wonderful food that is good for our bodies and for our planet. Vote with your fork for a better world. (Don't forget to vote with your vote, too!)