by Comprehensive Staff
We know that eating well plays an important role in recovery. Eating appropriate and nutritious foods ensures that our bodies have the fuel and building blocks we need to stay healthy and active. However, eating well on a limited budget is a significant challenge for many of our clients. Our stores are filled with cheap and quick to prepare processed foods. Many of these prepared foods contain unhealthy amounts of salt, fats, and sugar.
For her master’s thesis project in food studies at New York University, Leanne Brown, a former public health professional, took on the challenge of writing an accessible cookbook for individuals on a fixed income. She was particularly interested in making the recipes available to individuals and families living on a food stamps budget. The cookbook, Good & Cheap, was finished in 2014.
The book includes high-quality photos, and the recipes are both inexpensive and delicious. It contains recipes for all types of meals in a variety of cuisine styles including Vegetable Jambalaya (see photo), Beet and Chickpea Salad, Spicy Pulled Pork, and Fast Melon Sorbet.
While the recipes are easy to follow, they do require some basic cooking supplies along with a commitment to taking the time to prepare a home cooked meal.
To make the cookbook as widely available as possible, Brown has made her book available free online in a PDF format through her website (see link below). It has already been downloaded over 900,000 times.
Eating on a limited budget may be a challenge, but Brown has demonstrated that with a little effort and some creativity you can still eat well.
To download Good & Cheap, visit Brown’s website at http://www.leannebrown.com/ .