The Most Valuable Ingredient

Written by editors on 6/24/2009 2:06 PM | COMMENTS (0)

To snag the intro from an article on our site: "A limited budget doesn't have to mean limited flavor. Our Most Valuable Ingredient series highlights those powerhouse products that are versatile, healthy, tasty and cheap, giving you the best bang for your buck."

We’ve done lentils and potatoes and we’ve got a few others in the works. But this series has me thinking about the variables that come into play when cost is a factor. What one person thinks of inexpensive, might be a splurge to someone else.

When lean turkey sausage is on sale at my local supermarket, I stock up. If I time it right, I can make it from one “buy one, get one free” sale to the next by freezing a few packs at a time. I slice the sausage and use it in stir-fries, cube it into slow cooker stews and toss the links whole onto the grill. But my favorite way to use it is to slice the sausage real thin and brown it under the broiler for a few minutes — a fantastic, healthy substitute for pepperoni on homemade pizza.

So, what do you think? What’s your idea of a most valuable ingredient?


Leslie Fink, MS, RD

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