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Ever Popular Potato Salad

close up of potato salad with lots of scallions and bits of black pepper

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!) and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

I developed this salad because I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise-based potato salad. This is really the simplest thing: just potatoes in a regular vinaigrette. You can add all kinds of extras to it to make it more festive, but people always rave about the salad as is. The secret is that potatoes actually have really nice flavor— all you have to do is season them properly. Let potatoes be potatoes, no need to hide ’em!

If you have leftover roasted potatoes or other root vegetables, the same idea works great. Just skip the cooking part and go straight to the dressing.

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Cold Asian Noodles

white bowl with Asian Noodle salad of soba noodles, cucumber shreds, basil and tomato

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!) and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

On a hot day, this is all I want to eat. Or a cold day honestly. When I use the spice oil or peanut sauce it really warms me up. This is my kind of lunchtime comfort food. Cold but spicy food is refreshing and delicious in the summer. If you have some spice oil on hand, be sure to add it. It’s like a simple and cheaty version of Dan Dan noodles that way.

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Beet and Chickpea Salad

beet and chickpea salad piled on a white plate

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!) and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

This salad of beets and chickpeas, from Good and Cheap was a surprise hit! Although I love it, I worried it might seem too odd for many people to try. But I hear about it a lot when I speak to people about what they’ve made. It’s especially popular among the early-twenties crowd! A very simple few ingredients, and it’s satisfying and balanced enough to be a meal in itself.

This dish is spicy, crunchy, and almost certainly the pinkest salad you’ll ever eat! Don’t be scared.

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Warm Farro Salad with Cauliflower, Kale, Goat Cheese and Lemon

a large pan of farro, cauliflower and kale salad

This recipe, and others like it have been real lifesavers for me over the last few months. The basic idea is to take a cooked grain (and you can use barley, quinoa or brown rice in place of farrow here—whatever you have around and enjoy) and sauté with vegetables or meat or beans and other flavors. This one is made with farro (a delicious, chewy, springy whole grain from Italy that is pretty easy to track down these days), sautéed cauliflower, kale, garlic and lemon, topped off with goat cheese that melts and adds creaminess and tanginess to the whole dish.

Pregnancy has not been an easy experience for me. I am so grateful for it, and can’t wait to have our daughter, but being pregnant is not something I will look back on fondly. I have had a lot of sickness (including a stay in a Greek hospital while on vacation) and pain and general exhaustion. At times it’s been tough to do my job since being creative about food is the last thing you want to do when you are severely nauseous.

Recipes like this are so helpful because I can make them to my taste based on which foods smell good and which are making me nauseous. They are simple, healthy, flavorful and satisfying, and you can make a big batch of them and eat them for a few meals. This is key because when you are too tired to move or starting to feel sick and hungry you can pull this out of the fridge and warm it up and know you’ll be okay in a few minutes. It’s a huge relief.

My husband, Dan, who doesn’t normally find this kind of healthy bowl food all that exciting, really enjoys this one and even went for seconds. Hope you guys like it too! Keep reading

Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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