According to Slow Food USA, we need to “Take back” the fast-food “value meals” that are high in calories and dollars, and get together with family and friends today to host a dinner, or share a meal at an event as part of “The $5 Challenge.”
Is that possible, or is fast food the way to go, especially for those with limited access to healthier fare ?
Not only is it possible, it’s a growing shift from relying on “convenience” to cooking slow meals that are more nutritious, with lots less damage on the food budget. “Eating on the cheap” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality for quickness. Using fresh ingredients, not being focused on speed cooking, but enjoyment, can cut down on obesity, and foster a greater appreciation for more than just shoveling food into one’s mouth.
Even if you’re unable to participate today, you can still sign the pledge, and have your own “culinary smack down” away from fast- and processed foods by creating more wholesome meals on a budget.
Personally, I have been doing more cooking at home for over a year now, and there has been decreased grocery costs, along with a significant weight-loss of two dress sizes!