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   ANDLEANNE BROWNEAT WELL ON $4/DAY  OOHEA  Introduction  ....................5 A Note on $4/Day ...........................................6My Philosophy ................................................7Tips for Eating and Shopping Well ...................8Pantry Basics .................................................12 Breakfast  ..............................14Tomato Scrambled Eggs .................................15Broiled Grapefruit ..........................................16Omelette ........................................................17Banana Pancakes ...........................................18 NEW    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins .....................21Whole-Wheat Jalapeño Cheddar Scones..........22 NEW    Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars .......25 NEW    Egg Sandwich with Mushroom Hash ......26 IDEAS   Oatmeal 6 Ways ....................................28 IDEAS   Yogurt Smash! .......................................32 Soup  ..................................................34Dal ................................................................35Corn Soup .....................................................36 NEW    French Onion Soup ..................................39Lightly Curried Butternut Squash Soup ..........40 Salad  ...............................................42Broiled Eggplant Salad ....................................43Kale Salad .....................................................44 NEW    Ever-Popular Potato Salad ........................46 NEW    Spicy Panzanella......................................49Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles .....................50Taco Salad ......................................................52Beet and Chickpea Salad ................................53Broccoli Apple Salad .......................................54 NEW    Charred Summer Salad ............................55 Snacks, Sides & Small Bites  .........................56Jacket Sweet Potato ........................................57Smoky and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower ............58Spicy Green Beans ..........................................59Mexican Street Corn ......................................60Green Chili and Cheddar Quesadillas ..............61Cornmeal Crusted Veggies .............................62Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs.......................65Poutine ..........................................................66 IDEAS   Toast 8 Ways .........................................69 IDEAS   Popcorn 8 Ways .....................................74 Handheld  ..............................76Cauliflower Tacos ..........................................77Potato Leek Pizza ...........................................79Broccoli Rabe and Mozzarella Calzones ..........80 NEW    Broccoli, Egg, and Cheddar Empanadas ....83Potato and Kale Rolls with Raita .....................84 IDEAS   Leftovers ................................................87 3 Text, recipes, and most photographs and design by Leanne Brown, in fulfillment of a final project for a master’s degree in Food Studies at New York University.This book is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 license. For more information, visit www.creativecommons.org/licenses/  by-nc-sa/4.0You may freely distribute this book electronically. To download a free PDF or buy a print copy, visit www.leannebrown.comBrown, LeanneGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/DayISBN: 978-0-9938448-2-9Version 1.1, August 2014Version 1.0, June 2014Version 0.9, December 2013First, I’d like to thank my husband, Dan. Without him this book would not exist. Thank you also to my wonderful family and friends, who believed in this idea before anyone else. And thank you to everyone who has taken the time to tell me what Good and Cheap  means to them. I heard from thousands of people throughout the course of creating and distributing this book. The outpouring of love and support I’ve received is probably enough for several lifetimes. To those who told me this book has given them hope, inspired them, or otherwise brought them pleasure: I don’t deserve so much gratitude for so little, but doing work that matters is all I have ever wanted.  Dinner  .........................................88Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine ...........................89Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato ....................90Chana Masala ................................................93Black-Eyed Peas and Collards ..........................94Vegetable Jambalaya ......................................97 NEW    Filipino Chicken Adobo ............................98 NEW    Baked Beans 2 Ways ..............................101 NEW    Half-Veggie Burgers ...............................102 NEW    Beef Stroganoff ......................................105 NEW    Tofu Hot Pot ..........................................106 NEW    Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls .................109Savory Summer Cobbler ..............................110Cauliflower Cheese .......................................113Vegetable Quiche, Hold the Crust ..................114Shrimp and Grits .........................................117Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta ...................118Roast Chicken ..............................................121 METHOD   Roasted Vegetables .............................122Roasted Potatoes with Chilies .......................125Spicy Broiled Tilapia with Lime ....................126 Big Batch  .............................127Spicy Pulled Pork .........................................129 NEW    Deviled Eggs 6 Ways .............................130Perogies .......................................................132 NEW    Dumplings 2 Ways ...............................134 Staples  .......................................136Flour Tortillas ..............................................137Roti .............................................................138Pizza Dough 2 Ways ....................................139 NEW    Fresh Pasta ............................................141Best Tomato Sauce .......................................142 NEW    Chorizo and White Bean Ragu ...............143 NEW    Rainbow Rice 3 Ways ............................144 METHOD   How to Cook Dried Beans..................145 METHOD   Croutons or Breadcrumbs .................146 Drinks  ........................................148 Agua Fresca .................................................149 IDEAS   Smoothies 4 Ways ...............................150 Desserts  ..................................152Caramelized Bananas ...................................153Coconut Chocolate Cookies ..........................155Peach Coffee Cake ........................................156Fast Melon Sorbet ........................................158 NEW     Avocado Milkshake ...............................159 Flavor  ............................................160Peanut Sauce ................................................161Spice Oil .......................................................162Salsa ............................................................163Raita ............................................................164Tzatziki .......................................................165 IDEAS   Spices and Aromatics ...........................166 Thanks  .....................................168 Index   .............................................172 Introduction Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In a perfect world, healthy and delicious food would be all around us. It would be easy to choose and easy to enjoy.But of course it’s not a perfect world. There are thousands of barriers that can keep us from eating in a way that nourishes our bodies and satisfies our tastes. Money just needn’t be one of them.Kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. This cookbook is a celebration of the many delicious meals available to those on even the most strict of budgets.Eating on a limited budget is not easy, and there are times when a tough week can turn mealtime into a chore. As one woman told me, “I’m weary of the ‘what’s for dinner?’ game.” I hope the recipes and techniques in this book can help make those times rare and the tough choices a little more bearable. At the same time, this book is not a meal plan—those are much too individual to share on a wide scale. Every person and every family has specific needs and unique tastes. We live in different regions, different neighborhoods, and with varying means. One book cannot account for all of that, but I hope it can be a spark, a general strategy, a flexible set of approachable and cheap recipes. The rest is up to you.I think you’ll find (or perhaps have already found) that learning to cook has a powerfully positive effect. If you can become a more skilled, more conscious cook, you’ll  be able to conjure deliciousness in any kitchen, anytime. Good cooking alone can’t solve hunger in America, but it can make life happier—and that is worth every effort.Just as a good meal is best shared with others, so is a good recipe. I may not be able to share a meal with you, but I’d love to offer a few ideas. What’s for dinner? Here’s my answer. 45   A Note on $4/Day I designed these recipes to fit the budgets of people living on SNAP, the US program that used to be called food stamps. If you’re on SNAP, you already know that the benefit formulas are complicated, but the rule of thumb is that you end up with $4 per person, per day to spend on food.This book isn’t challenging you to live on so little; it’s a resource in case that’s your reality. In May 2014, there were 46 million Americans on food stamps. Untold millions more—in particular, retirees and students—live under similar constraints.The costs for each recipe are based on two sources. For the pantry items on the following pages, I collected prices from four grocery stores in Inwood, a relatively low-income neighborhood on the north tip of Manhattan. For specific spices and a wider variety of fruits and  vegetables, I looked at online grocery stores or nationwide averages collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The prices for fruits and vegetables assume that they’re roughly in season, when you can get the best deals. This means, unfortunately, that you’ll pay a lot more if you want to make peach coffee cake in February. I talk more about shopping in season on the following pages.The estimates are, by necessity, a snapshot of place and time. Costs will  vary in other cities, other neighborhoods, even just other stores. Please think of the numbers as a guideline, not a guarantee.More than in most cookbooks, my recipes are flexible and encourage substitution based on availability, price, and personal tastes. A strict  budget requires flexibility and a willingness to say, “that’s a good deal this week, so it’s what I’ll be cooking!” Don’t worry, you’ll pick up the tricks quickly. A few recipes call for fancy kitchen equipment, but in my work with low-income families in New York, I’ve found that items like blenders, food processors, and electric mixers are fairly common. I did not, however, attempt to tackle the very real situation of people who have no kitchen, no equipment, and no space to prepare food. I simply cannot hope to do those issues justice within the bounds of one cookbook. Let’s all agree that we need to keep striving to address those other issues that make it difficult for so many people to eat well. INTRO 6 INTRO 7 My Philosophy The best health advice is simple: eat fruits and vegetables. Many  American cookbooks rely on meat as the central feature of a meal. My recipes celebrate the vegetables rather than the meat. My intent was to create satisfying food that doesn’t require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger. I strove to create recipes that use money carefully  , without being purely slavish to the bottom line. For example, many recipes use butter rather than oil. Butter is not cheap, but it creates flavor, crunch, and richness in a way that cheap oils never can.I’m not a dietician, and this isn’t a diet book. I’m just a home cook, like you. If you have dietary restrictions, some recipes won’t work for you as-is, but that’s fine—you can try to adapt them to your needs, or just turn the page and keep looking for inspiration.More than a book of recipes, this is a book of ideas. I  want  you to tailor things to your taste. Improvisation is the soul of great cooking! If it doesn’t work out every time, I hope you’ll forgive me. More importantly, forgive yourself, and try again.  About this Book  I created an earlier version of this book as the capstone project for my MA in Food Studies at New York University. After I posted a free PDF on my website, it went viral on Reddit, Tumblr, and elsewhere, racking up almost 100,000 downloads in the first few weeks. That support gave me the courage to launch a Kickstarter campaign to get printed copies of Good and Cheap  into the hands of people who don’t have computers or who wouldn’t otherwise see it. Thousands of generous supporters contributed to the campaign, donating more than 8,000 free copies of the printed book and sponsoring 20 new recipes. Now, just five months after first posting the PDF, it has been downloaded about 500,000 times.The experience has changed my life.
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