We all are on budgets these days with the prices of food and really the prices of everything going up. Eating sustainably grown food on a budget can not only be delicious and nourishing but it can also open up new ways to work with familiar foods.
Do-it-Yourself: Go back to making food from scratch. Buying a loaf of organic bread can run you upwards of $5 but spending that same $5 on ingredients to bake bread at home can make up to 3 loaves of bread.
Eat Whats in Season: Often, whats best for the planet is best for the wallet, which as far as food is concerned, means eating whats in season. Use canned organic fruits and veggies during the months those foods are not in season.
Buy in Bulk: The bulk food isle may seem overwhelming at first but the potential savings are worth learning to cook with dried legumes and grains. For help with cooking in bulk click here. Natural meats can also be purchased in bulk and they are better for you and the environment.
Grow Your Own: When possible grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Make Room for Leftovers: When cooking at home, save time in the kitchen by preparing foods that will keep well in the refrigerator and freezer. Plan ahead, like if you are browning 2lbs of ground beef, brown a few more lbs for later use. Making larger portions so that you have some for left overs to use on a day when you don’t have time to cook.
For more help with eating sustainably, check out sustainabletable.org.