You might think you can’t afford to eat well, so you stock your shelves with the cheap and processed stuff, like packaged ramen noodles and Easy Mac. Leanne Brown, a graduate of NYU’s masters program in food studies and policy, however, proves that anyone can afford to eat healthy food every day in her book “Good and Cheap: Eat Well On $4\Day,” a guide to eating nourishing, fresh food a budget.
Brown’s book was created with the 46 million Americans who live on SNAP in mind. It's the country’s food stamps program that allows for a daily budget of $4 per person. Though really, it’s for anyone living on a budget looking to eat better, whether you’re a penniless college student a recent retiree.
In “Good and Cheap” Brown argues that limited funds shouldn’t hold you back from eating well because when you’re armed with cooking ability, a dash of creativity, and incorporate a bit of planning, the options are endless.
The book doesn’t illustrate a strict meal plan, but instead provides a diverse range of “simple, real food” options centered on fruits and veggies, which you can then tailor to your own tastes and needs, or use to spark ideas of your own.
It’s got recipes for everything from savory breakfasts, to sauces, to desserts and smoothies. Plus grocery shopping tips, pantry must-haves, kitchen equipment basics and a guide to repurposing leftovers.
Check out three of Brown’s top tips for saving money at the grocery store below — then try out one of her recipes for yourself.