What’s cookin’ this weekend?

What’s on your menu this weekend? I hope you don’t have any fast food on your agenda…but how about some Slow Food? Slow Food USA is sponsoring a fun little challenge:

“This September 17, you’re invited to help take back the ‘value meal’ by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person. Find an event happening near you, host a dinner, or have a potluck. 

“Why? Because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. If you know how to cook, then teach others. If you want to learn, this is your chance. Together, we’re sending a message that too many people live in communities where it’s harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops.”

Being the super overachiever I am, I’ll be taking on the challenge several times over. For dinner, we’ll be grilling grass-fed T-bone steaks from our share of local beef in the freezer, along with organic potatoes roasted with rosemary and garlic and sauteed summer squash from our garden. But I’ll also be cooking up a batch of lentil soup to create several very inexpensive, very delicious, very nutritious freezer meals. And probably using up our really ripe bananas in some tasty muffins to freeze use for quick, portable, inexpensive, healthy breakfasts on the go. Yum!