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"Living Lean & Green; How To Cook Green and Healthy For $10 or Less - Curried Turkey Salad"

Posted Sep 28 2010 5:12pm

In today's difficult economy, one of the most challenging things to do is to feed our family good, nutritious, chemical-free food for a reasonable price. This need has inspired a video series called "Living Lean & Green; How To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less".

Above you see the first video of the series which features Chef Ryan Hutmacher, The Centered Chef of Centered Chef Food Studios , cooking with me in my front lawn vegetable garden. Together, we are creating meals which cost a family of four $10 or less to prepare and features organic vegetables I have grown myself.

Our goal is to show the everyday person that it is possible to grow your own vegetables sustainably, then use these vegetables to feed a family of four on the cheap utilizing Chef Ryan' Hutmacher's amazingly healthy recipes.

Sponsored by Aquascape Inc., this ten recipe video series shows vegetables watered with a rain-water cistern and grown at my home in the front lawn of a Chicagoland suburban community - something any family can do to help feed themselves in this down economic time.

Today's Curried Turkey Salad recipe features onions I grew myself. Please link to instructions here on - HOW TO PLANT AN ONION . Additional how-to gardening information can be found on my gardening blog - .

Curried Turkey Salad

3/4 lb turkey breast, medium dice (chicken may be substituted)
1 1/2 oz grapes, halved
1 1/2 oz apples, diced small
1 1/2 oz celery, diced small
1 1/2 oz onions, red, raw, diced small
1/2 oz dried cherries
1/2 oz dried apricots

6 oz mayonnaise
2 ounce organic Greek yogurt, plain, lowfat (Stoneyfield)
1 Tbs dijon mustard
1 Tbs curry powder
1/2 Tbs vinegar, red wine
1 tsp lemon juice

3/4 oz lettuce
4 each naan bread, grilled (Tortillas or bread can be substituted)

1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients, blending until smooth. Season to taste.

2. Toss the turkey, grapes, apples, celery,  onions, dried cherries, and dried apricot with the dressing.

Servings: 4 - cost is under $10

To learn more about rain water cisterns and rain exchange systems for your garden and lawn, please go to the sponsor for the "Living Lean & Green; How To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less" video series, Aquascape Inc., at . They have an amazing website filled with ideas to help you live more sustainably by collecting and utilizing rain water, particularly to water a garden.

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