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How To Cook Green and Healthy For $10 or Less – Turkey Salad

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Shawna and Ryan cooking in Shawna’s front lawn vegetable garden!!

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 Burpee Home Gardens front lawn vegetable garden. Together, we are creating meals that cost a family of four $10 or less to prepare and feature 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 on 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.

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

2 oz mayonnaise (or substitute 2-ounce organic Greek yogurt, plain, low fat such as Stoneyfield yogurt)
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 rainwater 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 rainwater, particularly to water a garden.

Burpee Home Gardens supplied the vegetables grown in the garden this season. I  write many instructional stories and videos with their incredible vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables to the local food pantry when harvested.

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