Oranges show up on the list of 44 affordable healthy food under $1 and I have to agree. When it comes to saving money on produce, the best (and sort of obvious) tip I have is to buy what’s in season. Oranges are showing up front and center in the produce section right now, coming in by the truck load from California and Florida (as there are no oranges trees in upstate NY, also sort of obvious).
At this very moment, my house is quiet.
Zak is at drum practice, the girls are off on a mini-adventure with a beloved aunt, the boy is napping.
I can hear crickets.
Yes, crickets in the winter. Hard to believe, eh?
Well believe this – I just finished this kick-ass salad for lunch.
The ass-kicking was thanks in part to the pile of arugula I added to the greens mix.
Arugula, spinach and red leaf lettuce, tossed in a little olive oil and balsamic.
Salad Habits (hummus, beets, hemp seeds, grape tomatoes, egg)
Fat is Your Friend (load your salads up with healthy fats!)
A lunch time quickie today!
When I was a vegetarian, I truly didn’t miss meat. Truly.
But now that I’ve been eating some meat again, I must admit. It’s good.
When I get good quality bacon from the local markets – or in this case, from Zak’s mom and step dad who raised their own pigs last year – I dig it.
I’ve been cooking 10 – 12 strips at once to make homemade bacon bits for salads. Fry it up, trim most (but not all) of the fat, move to a few paper towels to soak up the grease, chop and store in the fridge to use on salads over the course of a few days.
I don’t think it will come as a surprise that I eat salad. A lot.
Like a lot, a lot.
So now picture me in the health food section of my local supermarket, skipping merrily (and cluelessly) through the store aisles, humming some crunchy-granola-new-agey-kumbaya song that my homeschooled kids taught me, sometimes buying the supposedly healthy salad dressings, sometimes buying canola oil to make my own salad dressing at home.