Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Kaiser Permanente's medical office building in Stockton, give a talk on the benefits of shopping at farmers' markets, and do a cooking "demo" -- really just mincing some garlic, dicing an onion, making a red wine vinaigrette, and doing the cherry tomato slicing trick.
Present for this lunch time event was a reporter for the Stockton Record. This story ran today.
One of the discussion points was how easy it is to make an inexpensive, tasty, and healthy dinner for little money and time. Why spend $50 - $60 out for a family of four when you can make this great dish in about 20 minutes? I shared a version of this recipe a few years ago. It's an oldie but goodie. I find farro, a whole grain with a nutty flavor, a lot easier to cook than brown rice. It never sticks to the pan.
Save $35. Do this one extra time per week using various easy recipes. Multiply by 52. Put this number over your gross income and calculate the percent raise you gave yourself after taxes.