What makes a great cookbook? Uncomplicated, budget-friendly healthy recipes that are inexpensive to make? Color photos of the prepared food? When it was brought to our attention that a cookbook with these attributes was available for FREE, we wanted to pass the information on to the people we serve and to our supporters.
The author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, Leanne Brown, compiled the recipe book with the belief that everyone should have access to healthy affordable recipes. She designed the recipes to work within SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) budgets, but everyone can benefit. The highly-reviewed printed book is currently in its second edition, but the original FREE download is still available by clicking here.
Each recipe lists the average cost of the meal and cost per serving to really help out when cooking on a budget. The terms “budget”, “inexpensive” and “affordable” are relative to one’s own circumstances, so it’s nice to have an idea of how much a serving actually costs.
The book also offers tips on how to minimize food waste. Whether it is by turning stale bread into tasty croutons, zesting discarded orange peel for salad dressing or making broth using leftover bones and vegetables, everyone can learn to make the most of the food resources they have.
A key focus of this book, as indicated by the title, is that beyond eating cheap, it’s about eating well. The free download offers ideas on how people can convert to a healthier lifestyle by putting a healthy spin on classic dishes. “Vegetable Quiche, Hold The Crust” and the “Half-Veggie Burgers” (using half ground beef and half cooked lentils) provide ways to reduce fat and carbs from traditional meals. The good news is that there can be less guilt while making dessert too; look no further than the caramelized banana recipe.
Do you have a satisfying and healthy and budget recipe that you want to share with us? Feel free to do so in the comments.