Eating healthy on a budget isn't just for hipsters on food stamps.
While some have called Michael Pollan
and Mark Bittman
's ideas about cooking and eating "elitist," there are many cooks
who are smart enough to know that cooking at home is the only way to eat healthy on a budget. While Jamie Oliver
pledges to give all school children "10 recipes that will save their lives," almost anyone on any budget can change the way they shop for, prepare, and think about food.
Blogs that focus on budget & healthy eating:
- easy recipes, cost breakdown, some veg-friendly dishes.
Thirty Bucks a Week
- vegetarian, weekly receipt breakdown.
Eating Organic on a Food Stamp Budget
Cheap, Healthy, Good
- nutrition and cost breakdown, weekly vegetarian focus.
Not Eating Out in NY
- cost and health breakdown.
And many, many more in this list of 100 frugal cooking blogs.
(Although not all of them with a healthy focus)
Savory Sweet Life - United Way Hunger Challenge
Cheap, Healthy, Good - One Week, $25 Challenge
- super interesting, provides calorie/fat/cost/time breakdown, also recipes & tips.
Eating healthy on a fast-food budget
General tips and advice for cooking on a budget:
Get Rich Slowly - Healthy cooking on a student budget
Ask Metafilter - Budget ethical gourmet
- Best cuisines for a tight budget
- Spaghetti twice a day gets old fast
- Quick food that isn't fast food
(And of course, you could always grow
your own food, but that is a whole 'nother can of beans.)