One of Our Daily Green's recurring themes involve the 80/20 principal. We want to get it right 80% of the time and allow for a 20% margin of error. We strongly believe that it's better for many folks to make small steps than one or two folks to take a drastic step.
Keeping this theory in mind, we are sharing our next recipe. It involves canned food, but it's also the sort of food that is given out at food pantries. It is what many families work with to feed themselves and we wanted to share some ways to make this food healthy, tasty and higher in nutrition than a typical fast food or processed meal.
This recipe utilized canned corn, tomatoes, and potatoes. We added fresh chopped bell peppers, oregano, pepper, and shredded cheese. We took some time to educate folks about the nutrients in the different items as well as less expensive ways to prepare the food. This recipe received raves for its ease of preparation and taste. We advised the audience not to add salt as the canning process already salts the food adequately, if not to excess a little.
Part of our demonstration included discussing growing fresh herbs (as seasoning/spices can be very pricey on a limited income), shredding your own cheese (for cost reasons as well as health reasons, as we educated folks that pre-shredded cheese is coated with cellulose to keep it from sticking together), as well as checking the reduced produce rack, which is where we found our bell peppers for a whopping 47¢. We talked about the surprising fact that potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and that combined with the tomatoes and peppers would be an entire day's supply. Additionally the vegetables provide fiber and the cheese supplies calcium. The recipe is relatively low in fat and high in nutrients on a limited budget.