A Sure-Fire Way To Beat The High Cost Of Eating Well

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The cost of eating is rising all around us.  The news last night projects a 2 to 4% increase in the year ahead.

We’ll have to shop and cook smarter in the months ahead just to keep our food expenditures even, much less reduce what we spend at the supermarket.

So my quest for healthy  food for under a dollar a pound takes on a greater sense of urgency.  And it’s winter, not the height of harvest season.  Even apples are $1.50 to $2 a pound.

But not pears!

Last week at Safeway, d’Anjou pears (my favorite, unless Comice are available) were 99 cents a pound.  Yesterday, a bag of Bosc pears were 79 cents a pound at Costco.

So I bought a bunch.  Now what?  Perishable food without a plan is penny wise and pound foolish.

Desert

Can we start with desert?  That’s where pears shine.

Dinner

My favorite salad at our neighborhood pub is mixed greens flanked with pear slices, dried cranberries and a few walnuts.  Adding the pears boosts the menu price from $4.95 for plain greens to $8.99 for the pear salad.  You can try this at home.  For a lot less.

Fruit is traditional with pork dishes.  Try grilled pears as a side dish.  Or this recipe for sausage and pears.  I haven’t tried it, but I still have some Boscs uneaten.

Breakfast

I like to serve a compote of cubed pears and sliced kiwi for Sunday brunch.  But my favorite guilty pleasure (involving pears, at least) is sauted pear slices and sausages with a pan sauce of a bit of cream and cinnamon.

Pears are most plentiful in the fall and winter.  So, while they are available and inexpensive, indulge.  For under a dollar a pound.

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Author:Cathy Moran

Cathy is a lawyer in Northern California, where she's run her own small firm for over 30 years. A certified consumer bankruptcy specialist, Cathy pioneered the use of the Internet as a means of educating people about their debt relief options. Her clients have educated her about money.

One Response to “A Sure-Fire Way To Beat The High Cost Of Eating Well”

  1. January 31, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I tried roasting sausages and pear slices last night, served over a bed of shredded kale and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Dynamite. This goes into my list of mindless, week night dinners.

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