I have been cutting back on personal expenses.  One way in which I am doing that is to spend less on food.  I have set a goal to not spend more than $50 a week on food, and I’m off to a great start.  Today, I received the first of a weekly organic produce delivery from a local service called, Organics to You.  It cost $36, and I received a big box full of organic fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs.   I made myself the lunch pictured above, but it was so much food that I could only eat about 1/4 of it, and it hardly looks like I’ve taken ANYTHING from the box.  It is still brimming with organic goodness!  After this delivery, I know I am not going to have to get a box every week.  I can stretch this food out for two weeks, cutting my food costs in half!

Because the box arrived in time for lunch, I just made a quick, easy meal of organic tomato halves and raw chard tossed in a pear/Champagne vinegar dressing, some field roast with my homemade North Carolina mop sauce (hot and spicy!), some lightly steamed green beans with dried roasted garlic, parsley and sea salt, some carrots candied in just a touch of honey with hot pepper flakes and sea salt, and a sliced nectarine.  Everything is so full-flavored and delicious!

I plan to process everything else that is in the box, just to make it last.  I will make zucchini croquettes and freeze them.  I will make lentil salad and carrot muffins and oven-dried tomatoes.  There are many other vegetables that I will have to come up with recipes for, but I really enjoy doing this.  Should be fun, and I’ll be able to just pop something into the oven and have dinner ready in no time!   Really looking forward to this!

Healthy, low cost food is where it’s at, baby!