Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well, maybe not a free lunch, but at least free lunch ideas that can be prepared on the cheap.
In times of rising food prices, the federal government does offer help, even if few people know where to look. Originally designed for use by nutrition educators, the SNAP-Ed Connection has been in operation since 2001, but anyone with a computer can access the Recipe Finder database. There are approximately 500 online recipes, about 100 of them costing less than 25 cents a serving. All recipes meet U.S. dietary guidelines, use low-cost, readily available ingredients and can be prepared quickly.
Although not as sophisticated as other recipe databases, this one is targeted toward Food Stamp recipients who are trying to maximize savings while still providing nutritious, tasty and filling meals for a family. All recipes include average serving cost, a nutritional analysis and a shopping list of ingredients.
The SNAP-Ed Connection is funded by the United States Dapartment of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services. The Recipe Finder database is just one more tool that can help keep grocery bills under control during austere economic times.
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