Charred Summer Salad

One of the early supporters of the Good & Cheap cookbook, Gina, can’t eat gluten and wanted more Mexican-inspired options. The author, Leann Brown, designed this spicy summer salad for her, topped with popcorn for a crunch like croutons. Use smaller zucchini, and save the big ones for muffins. If you own a grill, use it instead of the broiler!

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Guacamole with Tomatillos

Peter McGann, a long-time Rutland CoOp member and former employee, is also a local Mexican food authority. You can find his delicious south-of-the-border fare at the Vermont Farmers’ Market in Rutland.

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Swiss Chard Salad

In this recipe, hearty greens are treated like romaine lettuce in a Caesar salad. The bitterness of the greens is delicious alongside the rich dressing. If you’re concerned about the raw egg yolk in the dressing, feel free to omit it. Don’t have chard? Sub your favorite hearty green.

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Lightly Curried Winter Squash Soup

Squash is almost the perfect vegetable for soup: it’s flavorful and has a divinely smooth texture when cooked and puréed. Serve this soup to people who think they don’t like squash or curry, and you’ll change some minds. You can substitute any winter squash for the butternut described in this recipe; I just like butternut because it’s faster to peel and chop than its many cousins. But there’s also the option of baking the squash first – see prep notes below – and it widens the array of squash varieties you can easily use.

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Oatmeal – Variations, Sweet & Savory

This basic recipe can be dressed up in so many ways, you’ll never get bored. Oatmeal makes a hot and comforting breakfast; it’ll give you energy for a great morning. It’s also extremely inexpensive, so you can spend a little more on lunch and dinner.

Try some of the variations below…whether it’s milky and sweet or savory and salty, I’m
sure you can find a favorite way to enjoy a hot bowl of oats in the morning!

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