For an upcoming package of articles in The Pueblo Chieftain, I was asked to write about what increasing food prices have meant to someone who follows a semi-organic, low-glycemic style of eating.
While 46 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent Gallup Poll said food prices are causing them hardship, our citizens still spend the lowest percentage of their income on food of any country in the world — under 10 percent. Americans also spend the most on health care and are among the most unhealthy in the world. Hmmm. Wonder if there is a connection?
Anyway, it was an interesting process, looking through a couple of weeks’ worth of receipts and seeing where the money was going. When I microanalyzed it, what amazed me is how inexpensive it really can be to eat healthfully — about $9 a day per person for three meals, two snacks and one dessert. But then, the big picture of how much we spend on food was also astounding— probably more than $800 a month, rivaling the mortgage payment.
One meal I used as an example in the article is a roasted spaghetti squash served with a red meat sauce. I like this dish because it is fairly quick and easy to make, and because it’s something my son Harrison likes. I make the sauce with natural grassfed beef or pasture-raised pork. Other ingredients include one spaghetti squash, a can of organic crushed tomatoes, an organic onion, and organic vegetable broth. For variation I sometimes add a small zucchini and some chopped Swiss Chard. The recipe usually makes enough to feed three people for two nights at just over $2 per serving.
I also estimated the cost of some other meals I routinely make, ranging from tacos to chili to a beef roast with vegetables. All of them came in between $2 and $3 per serving.
Look for the story sometime the first week of August. It should be available online at http://www.chieftain.com.