Thank you for reading Wildly Affordable Organic! Here are some extra tools and tips to help you save money, eat well, and make a difference.
Menu Planning Calendar
Keep track of what’s in your freezer with this handy spreadsheet.
Flowchart Version of 20-Minute-A-Day Plan
This flowchart gives an overview of one week on the 20-Minute-a-Day Plan, showing what to do each day and when to eat what you cook. Post it on your refrigerator or inside a cupboard for easy reference. I would now use cashew cream instead of yogurt for the cinnamon-yogurt sauce.
Scrimp or Splurge News
I’m now using sorghum instead of honey. Agave syrup is another good alternative. If you do use honey, get it from trusted beekeepers. After watching the documentary More than Honey, I quit using honey.
Olive oil is being adulterated too. For a list of trusted, affordable brands, see Tom’s list at Truth in Olive Oil. You can also test your own olive oil to see if it is at least a monounsaturated fat (as it should be) by putting it in the refrigerator for a day. It should solidify. Polyunsaturated fats will remain liquid.
Organic Pasta Alternatives.
I’m enjoying whole-wheat, organic pasta such as Whole Foods Market’s Whole Wheat Fusilli plus two tablespoons (8 grams) of nutritional yeast.
Recommended Mail Order Sources
- King Arthur Flour — My go-to mail order source for organic white whole wheat flour, yeast, measuring cups, and parchment paper.
- Netflix — Save time, gas, and money by having movies and documentaries delivered to your mailbox. My favorites include Babe, Ratatouille, Okja, Forks Over Knives, and Food, Inc.
- Purcell Mountain Farms — Splurge on organic heirloom beans for about $5 a pound, with bulk discounts. Shipping starts at $10.95 but tops out at $15.95. My favorites so far: Anasazi Beans, Black Beluga Lentils, and Flageolet Beans. Shipping is lightning fast, too.
- Rancho Gordo — Splurge on heirloom beans. Get gorgeous, tasty beans for about $5 a pound, with a flat $8 shipping fee. That’s about 50 cents a serving for top-quality gourmet food! I usually order twice a year, getting enough to give away as holiday and hospitality presents. My favorites: Yellow Indian Woman Beans, Brown Tepary Beans, Flageolet Beans, and Christmas Limas. The available varieties change frequently, so I always try a few new ones too.