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How to Stretch Your Food Budget

Feed your family with less without sacrificing taste, freshness, quality, or nutrition using our money-saving tips. Out-of-season produce is costly and lacks flavor. Skip it; instead choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. When produce is at its peak, there’s an abundance of it―and you can find it for a bargain. In the summer, enjoy tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, bell peppers, and more. During fall and winter, look to winter squashes; dark, leafy greens; citrus; and sweet potatoes. And in spring, try berries, asparagus, artichokes, and fresh peas.
For a delicious and also highly nutritious summer dish, try the following recipe.

Pita Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber, and Herbs


8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)



  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Arrange pitas on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 14 minutes or until dry and crisp, turning after 7 minutes. Set aside; cool.
  3. Combine lettuce and next 7 ingredients (through parsley) in a large bowl. Break pitas into bite-sized pieces. Add pitas to salad; toss gently to combine.
  4. Combine juice, sugar, pepper, and salt in a bowl; gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss well to coat. Let stand 30 minutes; serve at room temperature.

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Diane Morgan, Cooking Light, JULY 2009


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