Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean that fresh produce is hard to find! Winter vegetables, like kale, are some of the most delicious, nutritious, and most importantly, affordable. Lowering monthly food bills is a great way to manage your debt. However, it shouldn’t be at the cost of nutrition and health. Don’t rack up credit card debt on produce that’s out of season when the stuff that’s in season is tastier and cheaper — saving money on winter produce is a great way to get some debt relief.
How Buying Kale Can Save You Money
January has some great produce to offer. You are likely to find sales on hearty winter vegetables like Brussels sprouts, sturdy greens, leeks, sweet potatoes, turnips, and squash. Rather than search for any old thing, look for ripe citrus fruits marked down, like grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines. Buying affordable produce is a great way to help manage your debt and your health. In this series, we’ll take a look at some of the best winter produce that’s in season and on sale, and provide cooking tips and recipes. This week, we’ll focus on kale, an affordable and versatile green that will boost your family’s nutrition intake and lower your monthly food costs.
For example, kale is on sale this week at my local grocery store for $2.50 a pound, pre-washed and pre-cut. You can save even more by purchasing uncut kale and washing it at home.
Eat this leafy green raw or cooked, depending on the type purchased. While dino kale is ideal for a raw treatment, curly kale is best eaten braised or sautéed. Since it’s a very versatile vegetable, there are many ways to prepare it and get nutrition at a low price. As a result, kale lowers cholesterol, improves your ability to fight cancer, and delivers high doses of calcium, vitamin C, and more.
Kale Recipes & Ideas
Here’s what you’ll need for this kale and quinoa salad:
¼ lb Tuscan kale, ribs removed and chiffonade (sliced thin)
1 oz dried cranberries
1 oz feta cheese
1 oz sliced almonds
2 oz quinoa (pre-cooked, great use for leftover quinoa from the night before)
salt and pepper to taste
If you don’t have quinoa pre-cooked, it’s easy to cook on the spot. Prepare the quinoa just like rice. Add two parts water to one part quinoa and cook on the cooktop. Most of all, consider using vegetable broth rather than water to add extra flavor.
Take the greens and massage with a tart oil-based dressing. I often make a quick one that’s two part lemon juice, one part olive oil, a dash of mustard, and a squeeze of honey. Massage the dressing into the kale, add the almonds, cranberries, quinoa, and feta, and mix with your hands. Finally, add salt and pepper as desired. Serves two.
I love the idea of kale pesto – what a cheap and delicious dinner. By my calculations, you can feed a family of four the kale pesto spaghetti, with a generous helping of Parmesan cheese, at only $6.50 for the whole family!
Do you have other ideas for saving money on winter produce? Let us know in the comments below!