Food and Cuisine

Published on September 14th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor


Slow Food Challenge: Can you do it?

Slow Food USA $5 Challenge

When most Americans think of cheap food, we immediately think of fast food – drive thru style or boxed meals from a grocery store.  It is often said that a family can eat more easily and inexpensively off that type of food than they can off wholesome, natural foods that need to be prepared.  Enter Slow Food USA who is determined to shift that perception.

On September 17th, Slow Food USA is holding the $5 challenge.  They are asking each participant to pledge to share a fresh, healthy meal that costs $5 or less.   They are “taking back the value meal.”  You can pledge online, look up recipes, or find a meal close to you.

The Slow Food movement is slowly gaining popularity and many organizations are participating.  For example, Insteading is running a contest – send them your $5 recipe and a picture and the winner will receive a book about eating local.  Slow Food Portland is offering a group luncheon for 30 that includes a visit to the farmers market and a cooking class, all for (you guessed it), $5!  These organizations understand that ultimately slow food is the greener lifestyle choice.

Slow Food USA sums the campaign up best on their site: they are “sending a message that too many people live in communities where it’s harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops. Everybody should be able to eat fresh, healthy food every day.”

Not sure how to participate?  Throw a potluck!  Challenge neighbors, friends, relatives, or your church group to bring a healthy dish that cost only $5 to make.  Let’s join in and prove that fresh, healthy (and yummy!)  food doesn’t have to be expensive.

Do you have a favorite inexpensive recipe?

Sources: Slow Food USA, Washington Post

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