Food stamp diet: Side effects

The Food Stamp Diet had an unexpected side effect — it temporarily destroyed my love of cooking. Food was a burden that week. A trip to the grocery store? Just a reminder of what we couldn’t have. And preparing a meal for Brad was laced with feelings of inadequacy.

Something to consider for all the well-meaning folks teaching classes on nutrition and healthy cooking in areas of food insecurity.We need to make sure the ingredient list includes a little joy, to lighten the load as much as possible. Food is just as much for the soul as it is for the stomach — and unless we remember that, the poorest among us will never thrive.

This week, I decided it was time to stop moping and take back my own joy. Armed with unprecedented gratitude for a stocked fridge and a new cookbook to review, I’ve been a Tasmanian devil in the kitchen, whipping up poblano-stuffed tacos, butternut squash crumbles, and grilled wedges of balsamic-infused cabbage.

We’ll have more on that cookbook in an upcoming post. But for now, here’s a little sweet potato chocolate square tease.

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