Organic dinner for less than the price of a Pinkberry

Food price increases are felt everywhere, but especially when dining out.  In addition, to prices rising, you are getting smaller portions, which may not be the worst thing at some restaurants, I am blogging at you Macaroni Grill, Buca Di Bepo and Outback Steakhouse to name a very few.   Don’t forget the tax and tip.  When I do dine out, I patronize non-chain restaurants that use as much organic and local ingredients as possible.
The alternative is cooking at home.  So Monique and I decided to make an all organic meal for under $5 per person.

It’s electric!

The second week of the Green Living class focused on Energy.  Water usage was the subject of the previous week’s course.  Here are some of the solutions outlined by the energy section of the course.

Replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient types like Compact Florescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED)

  • Lighting accounts for 12% of home energy use
  • CFLs use 1/4 the energy and lasts 10 times longer than standard incandescent
  • LEDs may last 50 to 100 times longer than CFLs
  • According to the EPA if every home replaced just one single incandescent bulb with a CFL, we would save enough electricity to light up three million homes
  • Check out Light Bulb Finder to help determine which types of bulbs are right for you.

 

Bananas For Yonanas!

My kid just turned two years old and it’s becoming more of a challenge to encourage healthful eating in the face of all the treats and fast food that abound. We’re spending more and more time in parks, malls, museums and beaches and less time at home where I can fully control what goes into his mouth. His latest obsession is frozen yogurt, which he had for the first time with grandma at Soup Plantation.