The challenge is to take back the ‘value meal’ by getting together with family, friends or neighbors to enjoy a meal that costs no more than $5 per person (the cost of the average fast food meal). Slow Food USA says that slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food, and they’re right!
If you want to join in, you can sign up for the challenge over at Slow Food USA. If you’re a blogger, join us by sharing your favorite slow food meal ideas and linking up with to our Natural Network Blog Hop at the bottom of this post!
Before I get into my recipe, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the concept of “Slow Food”. The organization, Slow Food USA, strives to promote healthy eating through whole foods in an effort to get away from all of the fast food that our society currently consumes. They strive to show the world that it’s not hard to eat healthy…and that sometimes when you think all you have time for is “fast food” – that’s not necessarily true. This is how Slow Food USA describes their mission:
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
They envision a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet. When I first read that, I knew that their mission fit right in with my blog and passion for sustainable living. While TCH and I usually buy local food from a locally owned and operated grocery store…we’re not perfect. We don’t always pay attention to where our food comes from. We even go to ‘fast food’ restaurants on occasion. Reading about Slow Food USA has really motivated me to pay even closer attention to where our food comes from and what we’re eating.
Participating in this challenge actually reminded me of when I first watched the movie, Food Inc. It totally changed the way TCH and I look at food. Now that I think about it, it’s been a LONG time since I watched it, I think I might have to go back and watch it again. It’s one of those movies that you really do learn something new every time you see it!
Okay, enough blabbing. If you want to learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit the website for Slow Food USA.
Otherwise, let’s get on with the yummy recipe TCH and I chose to make for the $5 Challenge.
TCH and I chose to make Stuffed Zucchini Boats and holy cow…these are amazing. We found the recipe here, altered it a bit to our taste and added a homemade spaghetti sauce on top. (FYI – we nixed the tomatoes in the original recipe since we were adding the spaghetti sauce)
- 4 Zucchinis (this is for two people…two zucchini’s each; however, we ended up with extra so you probably really only need 1 zucchini each.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – already in pantry
- 1 lb ground beef
- Minced Garlic
- Onion Powder – already in pantry
- Salt – already in pantry
- Pepper – already in pantry
- Feta Cheese
- 2 Eggs
- Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese (optional)
- Fresh Basil (came from our garden)
We also had some fresh cucumber on hand, so we made ourselves some cucumber water. So refreshing!
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