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-healty 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.
Spring at the market!
We're finally seeing lettuce again, along with chard and pea tips. Lemons and oranges are in season. Favorite recipes for early spring include:
- Stir-Fried Pea Tips with Ginger and Garlic
- Lucky Rainbow Chard Pesto
- Tomato-Tahini Salad Dressing
- Zesty Parsley Sauce for Black-Eyed Peas
- Orange Sweet-Potato Muffins
- Lemon Aquafaba Meringues
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.
My Favorite Seasonal Recipes in Fifty Weeks of Green
It's still cool enough to bake. Sometimes I preheat the oven by roasting Sweet Potato Fries or by making a quiche-like socca with kale and onions in a chickpea-flour batter (see the Socca It To Me recipe). Then I make Chocolate Sweet-Potato Breakfast Cake or Potluck-Pride Peach Cobbler using peaches I frozen last summer. My Taster is thrilled!
Fifty Weeks also has tips for saving money on your food budget, including:
- How to freeze bell peppers now to use all winter.
- How to make your own organic apple-cider vinegar from apple peels and cores
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!)