Tip of the Week
With some planning and thrifty shopping habits, you can provide flavorful meals every taste bud in the family will love, all while staying within budget. Here are some tips for delivering great taste and great value at mealtime.
Planning makes perfect - Designate one night to plan your family’s meals for the coming week, then create a corresponding grocery list. This proactive approach allows you to be selective and mindful of your budget, eliminating the stress of deciding what to prepare and repeated, aimless trips to the grocery store.
Coupons, coupons, coupons - Find coupons in your newspaper, mailings or online that match the items on your carefully planned grocery list, and watch as your grocery bill shrinks and your savings grows.
Freeze your assets - A good way to reduce costs and hassle is to make a large dish and freeze portions of it for meals later in the week. You can also use your freezer to stock up on frozen fruit and vegetables, which are predominantly cheaper than fresh produce, are typically frozen at the height of nutritional value and often come in smaller packages that can help eliminate food waste.
Number to Know
1.9 percent: The increase in food prices from April 2013 to April 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Watermelon, tomato and feta salad
1 pound watermelon pieces
2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 ounces feta, crumbled
8 basil leaves, torn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Cut the watermelon into bite-size pieces. Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Combine in a bowl or arrange on a platter.
2. Crumble the feta over the watermelon and tomato mixture, add the torn basil and drizzle with the olive oil.
3. Season to taste with sea salt.
In what country must the product be made in order to be legally called “feta” cheese?
Wise to the Word
Feta: Bright white, rindless cheese traditionally made from sheep’s or goat’s milk; it is cured and stored in a salty whey brine and has a distinct tangy taste and crumbly texture.
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Food Quiz answer
C. Greece. Feta is protected by European Union legislation and only those cheeses manufactured in Greece may bear the name “feta.”
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