Ok, better mood this morning. Sometimes you have just have to fall asleep and hit the restart button.
So Ed and I have become amateur foodies since living together. We definitely don't have the budget to eat out like we could in college but we still love great tasting food. We can't afford high quality items, but we want food that tastes, you know, like food. We're addicted to salt and fat (like most mammals), but since Ed's been training for long-distance runs and I found out about my high cholesterol, we're much more conscious about what we're putting in our bodies. We're big meat eaters, but I've become more and more invested in food politics and won't eat meat that's been inhumanely treated and pumped with antibiotics, stimulants, or hormones. All of these factors contribute largely to having to be really specific with weekly food planning, looking for lots of deals at the grocery store, and finding healthy, local food buying options. Our biggest resource by far has been the best recipe website ever: www.cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com. Go there, go there now.
So, my Day Five: Share your favorite recipe comes, of course, from this online Mecca of delicious, affordable, quick, healthy meals. Each one can easily be prepared in under 30 minutes, tastes great and uses few ingredients. This butternut squash risotto is no exception. It has everything we're looking for in a recipe: it's quick, it uses only a few ingredients, you can use whatever squash is in season, and it makes LOTS of leftovers (something that is very desirable for us, since we eat all 3 meals at home). My favorite part, though? It proved to Ed that something vegetarian can be filling and nutritious. Win for the ex-veggie!
I could seriously go on for hours about this website, so I'll leave you with just a few more recipes to whet your Cheap Healthy Good appetite.
Pasta, turkey sausage, broccoli rabe.
Polenta, swiss chard, and pancetta. (The polenta can be tricky.)
Go, eat well!