Local food expert finds the best grocery store deals
By Tom Castrigno
The leaves have fallen and only the hardiest mountain birds remain behind for the next 6 months. No doubt they have food stashes to help them through. It is a quiet time of year that lends itself to stocking up the larder, just as our avian friends have done …
This week’s prime pick is cauliflower, on sale for $.99 per pound at City Market. It makes a great side dish steamed, or you can go one step farther and whip it with a bit of butter and sour cream for a change of pace. This oft-ignored veggie comes to life when curried, roasted, or even served with tomato sauce (Muir Glen organic $2.50). Cauliflower and almond soup is low carb and freezes great for a take-along lunch or afternoon snack.
Apples are rolling in and there isn’t a bad one in the bunch. Find golden delicious, braeburn, and granny smith at Uncle John’s farm stand in Frisco. A five-pound bag of gala apples is only $3.99 at City Market and organic Fuji apples are $.99 per pound. Apples are perfect for the lunch box, as a post-workout snack with almond butter, or simply cored and baked.
Cold weather greens are in season. Kale is only $1 per bunch at City Market. Blanched and sautéed with garlic and crushed red pepper it freezes well. Also try mixing chopped kale into soups (great with chickpeas or sausage) or adding it to your next stir fry. Tip: washed and chopped, Kale can be kept a few days in the refrigerator all prepped and ready to cook.
Yes, I confess — I am choco-holic and Alpine Natural Foods has my fix. Dagoba organic chocolate bars are on sale for $1.79. Save over a dollar on each 2 oz. bar in all your favorite flavors. Did I mention that chocolate freezes well? Stock up now for those snowy nights of winter.
OK, it’s dinner time. Chef’s pick is a New York Strip for $5.99 per pound at City Market. Serve with whipped cauliflower and sautéed kale for sides. While you’re eating, bake a granny smith apple filled with graham crackers and cinnamon for dessert.
Tom Castrigno lives in Frisco, CO where he is known as The Mobile Chef. Learn some of his secrets for healthy eating and find great recipes on his blog at www.healthymealsmadeeasily.com.