I woke up this morning to the sounds of my four year old singing “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” only it sounded like “I beweave in fing called wuv” and I like it better that way. I just had to share that, because I love it.
Yesterday I got an angry letter from someone who scanned through my blog once, and told me it was impossible to eat healthy on a budget, especially the way I eat. I try to follow the Michael Pollan prescription for eating; “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” I add in “drink enough coffee to fuel a jet engine and keep Juan Valdez wiping his arse with c-notes.” I understand his frustration, a lot of times fresh foods ARE expensive, but with planning, it’s possible to eat better-for less.
When I read the email, I realized that this is a commonly held belief. A lot of people believe that the $10-15 meal they get at Wendy’s is just plain more affordable. Other than being nutritionally cheap, with far less vitamins and minerals, the overall cost is much higher. Fast food consumption has shown to have a strong correlation with type 2 diabetes. I will tell you from the point of someone who sees the effects of type 2 diabetes and subsequent renal failure in my in laws; that, is far more expensive. Your life is valuable; value it.
Beyond that, the lines at Wendy’s are ridiculous, and the ginger cartoon Wendy with the pigtail braids gives me nightmares. I am pretty sure she can control fire with her mind, or is in need of an exorcism… Perhaps she can control my mind into buying frostys and dipping my french fries in them one right after the other until I realize I’ve eaten them all. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, PEOPLE? MIND CONTROL? Yes, yes, that is what you want. Read my blog every day. Make the recipes. Embrace my neurosis.
I used to eat so.much.junk. I felt heavy with food after I ate. I would sit immobile for hours recovering from my indulgence. Now, after I eat, I generally celebrate family dance party with the Captain and the Peanut. I mean, come on, I’m not only instilling a love of healthy food and exercise with my son, but also an appreciation for music that doesn’t suck. He’s pretty much obsessed with Queen right now; though I don’t think Freddie Mercury is a shining example of a healthy lifestyle.
Our healthy meal last night was inexpensive, delicious, and packed full of nutrition, anti-oxidants, and heart healthy fats.
I made Italian Tuna Pasta and the cost broke down like this.
I scour the sales (which EVERYONE should do, and USE YOUR COUPONS)
Barilla whole wheat pasta-1 box $1 (though I paid $0)
6 roma tomatoes $4
basil bunch $1.50
family size tuna pouch in OIL $3.50
one half of a yellow onion $.60
one half of one head of garlic $.18
olive oil $.80
salt and pepper – nominal
total=$11.58. This can be made EVEN less expensive by using a can of fire roasted tomatoes with basil.
One meal at Wendy’s with only ONE meal of 3 being a value meal, $13.77 (average) and that is sans my beloved frosty.
Italian Tuna Pasta
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: steam roast entree kosher fish pasta
- 6 roma tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 1 box whole wheat pasta
- 1 family size pouch of tuna in oil or 4 single serve bags
- 1 small or 1 half of a large yellow onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
slice tomatoes 1/2″ in thickness and arrange on a sheet pan
place under broiler until they start to shrivel and caramelize
boil pasta to package instructions reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid
chop the onion and garlic
in a large skillet, heat the oil on medium, add the onion and garlic and saute until soft
add in the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and tuna
add the chopped basil and pasta including cooking liquid
toss and serve, adding more basil if desired.
Do you ever calculate the cost of your meals?
Favorite song to dance to right now?
Did your mom or dad make you tuna noodle casserole when you were little? Love it or hate it? (i love it)