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Cooking on a Budget?

August 21st, 2009

The Normanator's Garden Fresh tomatoes make a pretty picture!

The Normanator's Garden Fresh tomatoes make a pretty picture!

If you have all the money in the world you can still be stumped when your family is hollering, “What is there to eat?”   How much more challenging  would that be if you had only food pantry food?  Or if you depended on food commodities?   There are people everywhere who lean hard on SNAP funds and Farmers Markets coupons, too.  Then there are the users of Angel Food Ministries.

I found something to satisfy every one of those areas!  It is a fruit and rice salad that will go into lunchboxes, if that’s your focus.  It could be made any day of the week and kept in your fridge for a quick meal.  You know how I love to think ahead and how much more convenient life is if you cook once and eat twice!  Besides, you are busy and tired!

Let us know how you like this recipe from Susan Runkle from the USA Rice Foundation.  You can send your opinion to or you can leave a comment on this page.  Thanks, everybody!

Susan’s Fruit and Rice Salad

3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1 mango, peach or apple-chopped

3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted *OPTIONAL

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped *use dried if that’s all you have

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.


MMMmmm…wouldn’t this go well with a big bowl of black bean soup?  I’m getting hungry.

There is so much goodness in grains.  Dietary fiber is tops for lowering cholesterol and helps with digestion and elimination.  They are a great source of B vitamins which release energy and assist the nervous system.  NOT TO MENTION HOW DELICIOUS AND CHEWY THEY ARE.  They are more affordable than fresh meat in many cases.

The zucchinis are getting to be larger than watermelons in the Normanator’s garden!  He says they hide like John Deere tractors in amongst all the lush growth!  We have been adding them to our mashed potatoes and enjoying the bounty that way.

I won’t bore you with the details of the leavening-free zucchini cake that came out of our oven this week, but it has provided us with many laughs.  I’m sure you have stories of your own.

We appreciate that you are sharing what you find here with your network.  People are coming to Food Stamps Cooking Club to sign up for our messages and we gratefully note you are sending your people to The Healthy and Wealthy You website as well.  Our partners are all delighted to have your visits. Thank you so much.