Today and Every Day.
Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich
Saturday March 31, 2012
Less than $2 for a truly spectacular sandwich. Crisp buttery bread. Soft, gooey cheese. Supple, not-quite-slippery macaroni. Has to be at least the second-best thing you'll put in your mouth all day.
Jackson Glacier via the Gunsight Trail
Friday March 30, 2012
$20 for a 1-week all-access pass to 700 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park. Through a landscape carved by two million years of glaciers. Time to think about a Better Cheaper Slower summer adventure.
Tropical Fish Tacos
Thursday March 29, 2012
Mango-papaya ceviche with grilled halibut. A shockingly great flavor combination. An unusual but immediately lovable meal you'll make again. And again. 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirement and a complete fruit serving.
Wednesday March 28, 2012
Less than five minutes of preparation to get an exceptionally tender, flavorful and aromatic chicken. The chicken, some herbs and your stove do the rest. Then you eat. Tender, moist, delicious. Way to be.
Tomato+Corn+Beans: The Posole Three
Tuesday March 27, 2012
Two great couples make a terrific threesome. Tomatoes and corn taste like summer. Corn and beans make complete protein. All in one bowl of soup that's deeply delicious, rich and fat-free. $1.75 for a great big bowl of it.
Naked Exercise #12: No-Lawn Mowing
Monday March 26, 2012
Stripped down. No lawn. No mower. Great for lower and upper body strength and muscle tone. And a moderate intensity cardio exercise, too. Burn 100 calories in 15 minutes. Better and Free. All you need's a floor.
Slower Sunday: Forest or Trees?
March 25, 2012
When you're in the forest, you're surrounded. No losing sight of it. But you might miss everything the trees offer. Each one is its own world. When you're in the rainforest, it's extreme. A whole forest's worth of stuff in each tree. Press Play. You'll see.
Chocolate for breakfast. I confess.
Saturday March 24, 2012
To be completely honest, I probably wouldn't admit this if I hadn't just read the results of the study. The one that concludes that dessert after a balanced breakfast "can help dieters to lose more weight and keep it off in the long run". Food for thought, huh?
The Walk That Ate Miami and The Beach
Friday March 23, 2012
7 or 8 hours of sightseeing that burns 2,400 calories along a 17-mile Walk. Way more calories than your delightful Bayfront breakfast, your killer empanada lunch and those superior dinner ceviches and tiraditos add up to.
Farrotto-Vegetable Salad, Spring Edition
Thursday March 22, 2012
Like risotto, but made with farro. The first cultivated grain. We humans have been growing this stuff for more than 10,000 years. Incredibly high in protein. Great nutty flavor. A light, bright, satisfying meal with a big range of fresh flavors and textures.
Tomato-Fennel Risotto. It's Spring.
Wednesday March 21, 2012
Luscious, elegant and hearty. Deep, richly flavored rice with the bright, sweet flavors of spring and summer. Easy to make it great in 30 minutes. Required kitchen skill: stirring. And not too much of that.
Potato, Leek and Bean Gratin
Tuesday March 20, 2012
Less than $3 for a savory, satisfying vegetarian meal for two. Or a high-protein vegetable side dish for four. A great Way to reduce your meat consumption and get more vegetables into your diet.
Naked Exercise #11: No-Rope Jump Rope
Monday March 19, 2012
Stripped down. No equipment. No rope. Great for lower body strength and muscle tone. And a terrific balance and cardio exercise, too. Not just Better and Cheaper. Better and Free. All you need's a floor.
Slower Sunday: Just watching
March 18, 2012
A total break from everything you do. While you're watching, everything else just disappears from sight and mind. I'm really not a birdwatcher, but, Press Play and look at this. This Resplendant Quetzal.
Lemon Tart. Now an official habit.
Saturday March 17, 2012
After one of those moments when you realize that you, all by yourself, can make something you love to eat. And - quickly and easily - you can make it so much Better and Cheaper than you can buy it. So making it becomes a habit.
The Walk That Ate Austin
Friday March 16, 2012
Walk the whole river trail and the complete in-town loop for a 5-hour, 11-mile Walk that burns about 1,500 calories. Way more than your breakfast tamale at the Farmers Market and a great lunch along the Way.
Ham & Cheese with a Twist
Thursday March 15, 2012
Of lemon. Actually, a slice. Or two. Very, very thin. A few cents' worth of thinly sliced lemon transforms the old ham & cheese sandwich to a lighter, brighter and juicier party in your mouth. The best sandwich you've chewed on in a while. For $1.
Tagine: Chicken Stew in a Moroccan Pot
Wednesday March 14, 2012
Easy and exotic. Even when you use a big old regular pot on your stove. It's the spices. They turn a simple stovetop stew into a wildly fragrant late winter feast.
The Naples - Bologna Express
Tuesday March 13, 2012
The classic Bolognese sauce on a pizza crust is a perfect example of Better being Cheaper. Not just a great $3 pizza. A great pizza, period.
Saving Daylight: The Links
Monday March 12, 2012
It's Better than Cheaper. It's Free. So ask not how daylight can save you. Ask how you can save daylight. And consider these answers. For Slower conversion of daylight to tomatoes, Vitamin D and night light.
Slower Sunday: Daylight Saving
March 11, 2012
Now that you're wide awake, let's tackle one of the big issues of the day. Daylight savings. Or, maybe a Better Way to think about it: saving daylight. Ask not how daylight can save you. Ask how you can save daylight.
Real Men Make Quiche. From scratch.
Saturday March 10, 2012
Less than $2.50 per serving for a rich but light breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. That'll impress you and anybody you share it with. Aromatic and delicious enough to seduce someone with.
A Walk Through Time
Friday March 09, 2012
I was working on a "little things in the shadows of big things" Walk. But I got lost in the fourth dimension. Time. The subway stairs were the entrance to a huge archaeological dig. That led to the last bit of old growth forest in New York City. What a trip.
Bolognese "Sauce". E pluribus unum.
Thursday March 08, 2012
$2 per serving for a deeply delicious meat "sauce" that elevates pasta, mashed potatoes or pizza crust to greatness. So many flavors. After two or three hours of simmering together, they make a huge, complex one.
Choucroute Garnie or Dogs & Sauerkraut?
Wednesday March 07, 2012
Here in the States, we put sauerkraut on our hot dogs. In the Alsace region of France, they put hot dogs on their sauerkraut. If you like dogs, sauerkraut and potato salad, you'll love this big, flavorful cold weather meal.
High-Protein Polenta Layer Cake
Tuesday March 06, 2012
Less than $2 for a satisfying dish that's packed with protein, calcium, fiber, Vitamins B and C and iron. Delicious and aromatic. Cheap complete protein. No fat. Quick and easy. Invite all your vegan friends for dinner.
Monday March 05, 2012
You could slip, trip or otherwise sprain an ankle or end up on your butt later today. So take a minute to consider a minutes a day of Balance Training that includes Strength Training and Stretching. Don't Just Sit There. Press Play.
Slower Sunday: Staring at the walls
March 04, 2012
Walls of flowers. Not beds of flowers. Not fields of flowers. Walls of flowers. You need a few seconds to accept that everything's growing out of the walls. Everything is at eye level. Press Play and stare for a minute. At this year's vertical Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
Easy as ...
Saturday March 03, 2012
No kidding. No irony. Turns out, easy as pie is a truism. $2.30 for two monumentally buttery, flaky pie crusts. 10 minutes of hands-on to make them. From nothing but flour and butter. $3.50 for the whole spectacular apple pie. You have to do this. It makes you happy.
The Walk That Ate Èze. Not Easy.
Friday March 02, 2012
Not easy because this Way-too-charming medieval village is at the very top of a very steep little mountain. Overlooking the Mediterranean. It's a serious climb from Sea level. To a place pronounced "ezz". Burn more calories than you swallow on the Walk.
Red Pepper Polenta Pizza. Good lookin'.
Thursday March 01, 2012
Good lookin'. Easy cookin'. For a beautiful dish, this has to be one of the easiest, quickest, cheapest things going. Delicious, too. Whole grain corn and a big, sweet red pepper. Required skills: stirring, slicing. Not too much of either.
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