Here's to three days of living below the line. I hope you enjoy these recipes and give to the needy so that they can live better lives. If you don't know what the Living Below the Line challenge is and want to find out check my earlier post: Living Below the Line (LBL)
Okay so these "pancakes" are really more like hash-browns as they have nothing but potato.
Potatoes often associated with the fat rich "potato chip." We tend to attribute the unhealthy effects of chips to the potato. However, potatoes are rich in vitamins in minerals. Potatoes are one of the most nutritionally well rounded foods in the world. In fact, Antone-Augustin Parmentier (1737-1813), french chemist and botanist, with his award winning book "Chemical Examination of the Potato" show how potatoes were "capable of reducing the calamities of famine."
He was later taken prisoner five times by the Prussians during the Seven Years' War and obliged to survive on a diet of solely potatoes, serving dinners at which all courses were made of potatoes. Parmentier was able to survive on this simple root because of its rich nutritional content, further proving the proof of his research.
All that being said let's get you make this potatoy meal!
Cost per person: $0.23
You will need:
1.25 lb. Potatoes, whole
Scrub your potatoes clean. Place in a medium size pot. Fill the pot with water 5 cm (2 in.) above the tops of the potatoes. Don't cut the potatoes! Cubed potatoes will cooked faster but they will also loose a ton of nutrients, so its best to have a little patients.
Boil potatoes over medium high heat for 45-60 minutes (or until fork is easily pierces through the center).
When the potatoes are done being mashing them! If you don't want the skin put them aside for today's dinner menu as a filler in the meatballs.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat. Divide mashed potatoes into 12 equal size balls. Using 1 tsp of shortening oil heated pan. Place potato balls 3 inches apart on your pan and flatten with the bottom of your spatula. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Do not try and flip to soon or they will break apart! However if one does fall apart don't fret just smoosh it back into form and continue cooking.
This is a kind of twice baked yam with baked beans and veggies.
Cost per person: $0.89
Boil over medium high heat for 30 minutes:
3 medium Yams, whole
Remove yams from the pot and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut yams in half (width wise). Now carefully with a small spoon (or ice cream scoop) the inside on the yam. Be careful to leave 1 cm (2/5 in.) of yam clinging to the skin.
Mash the yam which you scooped out. Add water water you need.
Spoon mashed yam back into yam shells. Place halved yams onto a cookie sheet or cake pan. Leave not space between yams so that they can proper each other up in the oven.
Layer yams with:
1 1/2 cups Baked Beans
2 cups Frozen Veggies, thawn
Now pop them in the oven and broil for 10 minutes at 450f. Serve hot!
A varied meal of meatballs, rice balls, chicken balls, and bean balls all topped off with a touch of sauteed vegetables.
Cost per person: $0.60
This recipe is really rather simple all you need is:
100g Chicken, ground/pureed/finely chopped
100g Ground Meat
1 cup Baked Beans, mashed
1 cup Sticky Cooked Rice
Shape chicken into into 1 inch balls. Shape ground meat into 1 inch balls. Etc. Add water if necessary.
Now place balls into a deep dish (such as a cake pan or corning ware). Bake at 350f for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent balls from sticking.
Mean while cook the way you like:
3/4 cup Veggies
Sprinkle the cooked vegetables over each dish of ragtag balls.
I hope you enjoyed today's menu!
I've been prepping, chopping, cooking, baking, stirring, pouring, and taking pictures of food all morning. Finally I have something to show for it!
If you don't know what the LBL challenge is check out my earlier post through this link: Live Below the Line (LBL). I hope you too decide to join in on this creative eye opening challenge.
Post. Scriptum. Is anyone besides me getting bored of referring to the LBL challenge as a challenge every sentence? I'd appreciate any suggestions you have as to how I can shake up the reference word I use! Just leave your suggestion in the comment suggestion below.
I realize that some people don't like rice pudding but it is very economical. There are no raisins included in this recipe so that should put some peoples taste buds at ease (and other angry).
When your rice is completed, add:
4 cups Milk, reconstituted from powder
Let cook for 45 minutes over medium low heat. Stirring frequently, in order to prevent a film from forming on the surface and also the rice from sticking to the bottom on the pot.
Serve hot or cold with:
1 Banana, per person
You may mash your banana and serve on top of your pudding (as I did), slice it up as a one banana fruit salad, or eating plain on the side. Just serve it the way you prefer!
Chicken & Rice Soup
Use your any of your budgets wiggle room to spice up this mild dish.
If you can bring down the cost of any of your groceries go for it because this means you can embellish these simple dishes. I suggest use any extra money on potatoes because they are very filling!
Cost per person: $0.43
In a medium pot according to package directions cook:
1/2 cup Rice
Meanwhile in 1 cup water gently boil:
113 g. Chicken
Remove cooked chicken from the pot and chop into 1/2 inch pieces. Return chicken to the soup pot. Add:
3-4 cups Tap Water
200 g. Frozen Veggies
For my vegetables I used an omelet mix (onions, green peppers, and red peppers) that my mom and I purchased from Almost Perfect frozen food outlet.
Add your cooked rice. Serve hot.
Chicken with Rice Vermicelli in Tomato Sauce
I realize this is a lot of rice for one day but it is the only way I could work the menu so that each day wouldn't exceed $1.75 CAD ($1.25 USD, £1, $2 AUD, 11.24 NOK).
Cost per person: $0.80
The rice vermicelli will cook very fast so let's start with the chicken.
You will need:
225 g. Chicken
Cut chicken into 1/2 inch thick strips. You may either boil your chicken (use only enough water to cover) or grill it. I suggest you grill it, because presentation goes a long way in the over all feel of a meal. the better it looks the more satisfied you are. The more satisfied you are the more you will leave the table full. The more full you are the easier it will be to complete this challenge.
Disclaimer! I'd like to take this paragraph to make clear that the goal of this "challenge" is not to win but to come out of it with a better understanding of how the average person lives day to day. Remember however, the person who earns $1.75 a day doesn't only need that money for food & drink but clothing, rent, etc. Also remember that $1.75 is merely an average which means that there must be a majority of people who live way below in this amount to bring down the America's average of $143.70 per day to $1.75! Please reflect on what these people and people like them must be experiencing day to day.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Rinse several times:
454 g. Rice Vermicelli, noodles
Add rinsed noodles to boiling water. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until al dente; do not overcook, or they will become mushy. Drain.
Coat noodles in:
1 cup Tomato sauce, heated
Serve hot with chicken on the side and enjoy!
Here's to the first day of my Living Below the Line (LBL) menu! Sorry that there's not many pictures; I have to get up early for work on Tuesdays so I didn't have the time to snap photos.
Breakfast: Pretty Perfect Pauper's Pancakes
Yep good ol' pancakes will start off day one!
Cost person: $0.39 CAD
Sifted the below flours together:
5/8 cup Tapioca Flour/Starch
8 tsp Amaranth Flour
4 tsp Whey protein powder
Combine with flour until smooth:
1 cup Milk, reconstituted from powder
3 tbsp. Shortening, melted
2 tsp. Baking powder
Let pancake mix for 10 minutes to thicken. Meanwhile heat your frying pan (Ps. I'd like to know if you call it a frying pan or a skillet!).
Now with your eye divide the batter into quarters. Scoop that first quarter out onto your heated pan (you may use 1 tsp. of shortening to oil pan). Cook 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve warm! That is, unless of course you like cold pancakes then by all means serve them cold!
Lunch: Bean Burgers
A filling meal to give you an energy boost.
Before you even touch those burger patties (hands off the patties!), you'll want to mix the bun.
The Basic Biscuit Bun
So I have a really tasty GF biscuit recipe that have been planning to upload in one of my posts. However, this is not that recipe. This is a slightly more cost effective version (that was the nice way of saying: cheap). True though it is, "cheap" it still is plenty satisfying!
Cost per person: $0.33
Preheat oven to 400f.
First of all sift together:
Now using a pastry knife cut into the flour:
Okay so if your biscuit turned out like pancake batter then let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken. If not then your ready to put the biscuit/buns on the pan. Just divide into 6 even pieces and drop onto and ungreased cookie sheet. Remember you want to use these biscuits as burger buns so don't flatten excessively. Place cookie sheet in the center of the oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute then remove from the pan.
Bean Burger Patties
This recipes calls for baked beans which is something that will be used a fair deal of the course for the next 5 days. To make baked beans I until Monday! It takes some time but doesn't require much attention. Ever time I have said "baked beans" is a link to the recipe I suggest using.
Cost per person: $0.29
Okay so this one is as simple as one, two. Using a potato masher or a blender combine until smooth:
4 1/2 cups Baked Beans
If you want chunky patties, which I suggest, then mash only half of the beans then add the other half and only partly mash them in. If you choose to have smooth patties divide each persons one thick patty into 3 thin pattie (otherwise they will taste like encased re-fried beans).
Heat a lightly oiled frying pan (using 1 tsp shortening) over medium high heat. Divide the patties into 6 even balls. Unless you have a very large pan I suggest one cooking one at a time, especially if you choose to make chunky burgers. In order to keep costs down the number of eggs is limited which cause them to break apart if flipped over on an awkward angle or to soon. Cook each pattie 5 minutes on the first side and 4 on the second. For robust patties you will want to just slightly burn them on each side.
The Finishing Touches
Now slice your buns/biscuits in half (depth wise) and fill each with a bean burger. Now as you will see in the burger pictured above, I was able to dress it up with onions and peppers. However I've made no mention of any toppings in the recipe. This was not some cheap marketing ploy to get you to think your getting all this and then in the end disappoint. Because the store I went to happened to have sales going on while my mom and I went shopping, I wound up saving $6. Consequently the cost for me to make these recipes actually wound up cheaper then listed so I was able to embellish a little bit.
If you live in Canada and are merely gluten sensitive and not intolerant I suggest doing most of your shopping at the Bulk Barn. Until April 30th, 201 they have there spend $10 get $3 off!
I will post an article about what stores I recommend shopping at during this challenge. So keeping watching! Please not this will be highly regionally specific. However, I will also give my tips on how to handle your LBL budget (which even apply as far away as Norway!).
Dinner: Meat Loaf & Taters
This ones easy, chances are you already make this often! You can prepare the taters (AKA potatoes) just you like.
Cost per person: $0.73
Preheat your oven to 350f.
Okay here's my mom's favourite part: mushing all the ingredients with her hands! If you choose to use your hands instead of spoon, please be careful to wash your hands thoroughly before handling anything else! So here's what you're mixing:
300 grams Ground meat
1 1/2 cups Soaked beans
Okay now put all meat into a lightly greased loaf pan (I suggest 1 tsp shortening, as it is the cheapest fat I could find but prices will vary depending on where you live). Baked meatloaf for 40-60 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly and pulling away from the pan.
1.25 lb. Potatoes
Choose whatever potatoes are cheapest for you to buy. For my family 1, 5 lb. bag Russet potatoes at Independent grocers was the cheapest option I scouted out. Remember unless you are buying in a bulk food store (such as the Bulk Barn) unit price (e.g. price per 100g) is not necessarily the most economical for the LBL challenge. What do I mean? Let's take a look at the images below.
The image to the left depicts (...okay that word sounds a little highfalutin for me) a 2 kg. bag of "Mama's Russet Potatoes" at .20 cents per 100g. The image to the right limns (okay I just looked up a rare word meaning "describes") a 5 kg. bag of "Big Brand's Red Potatoes" at .12 cents per 100g. The latter (not ladder) is .08 cents cheap per 100g (.20 - .12 = .08). However, when shopping on such the tight budget allow for this challenge, unless one (or more persons) wants to be eating potatoes in every meal it is better to buy the cheapest bag that has just the amount of potatoes you will be eating for these 5 days.
So that was not late night lecture on budgeting.
May God bless you in this endeavor!
Here's another update for you all!
A few weeks ago my mom approached me with a poster for "Live Below the Line" a challenge to individuals and communities to eat and drink using $1.75 a day, for 5 days, to raise awareness of the lack of choice and opportunity faced by the 1.2 billion people currently living in extremely impoverished countries and to raise vital funds to fight it. She suggested I try and come up with a gluten-free menu plan for this challenge.
What am I doing for the challenge?
All during "Live Below the Line" week (April 28th - May 2nd) I will be posting my daily menu plan. The following week (May 6th - 10th) my family and I will be putting my completely GF menu plan into practice!
What are the rules for this challenge?
For your food and drink one individual can spend no more than $1.75 CAD ($1.25 USD, £1, $2 AUD, 11.24 NOK) per day for 5 days, meaning you have a total of $8.75 CAD with which to buy all ingredients for your meals.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT
Across the world, thousands of people will join the movement to tackle extreme poverty - will you join us?
- Tamara Green
This chowder recipe is newly born at 6 servings 36 fluid ounces! Two weeks ago I just wanted to cook something, anything, and as usual I didn't care much about eating it but I just wanted to create it. So you are the bearers of my appetite-less appetition (yes I get "Word of the Day" emails).
Before delving into the this recipe I don't want you to get scared off by the number of steps. There are a number of different ingredients but it is an easy recipe to make. Now that I've said that, have at it!
Add and bring to a boil over medium heat the following ingredients:
3 cups Fish Broth
2 Potatoes, skinned & diced
This will take 8-12 minutes.
If you don't have any fish broth (which is unlikely right? I mean everyone keeps stalked up on fish broth right?), the juice from 2 cans of salmon (213 gram cans each) plus the necessary amount of water to make 3 cups can be used as a replacement.
2 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Dill Seed
Important! Slice garlic into rings. Now layer the garlic on top of of the dill seeds and begin to mince. Why is it important to mince in this manner? Because, when I first made this recipe I minced the garlic and then decided to chop the dill seed loosely, so their flavour would come out when I sauteed it all. However, when I started chopping the seeds they went flying like Mexican jumping beans! The garlic is sticky which keeps it from jumping all over while you mince the garlic.
Saute (approximately 2 minutes) the garlic and dill in 1 tbsp of butter with:
2 small Mint Leaves, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp Parsley
1 tsp Lavender, rinsed
Add sauteed items to the fish broth and potatoes. Add:
1 cup Heavy Cream
If you don't have heavy cream then as a replacement you can use: 2/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup butter.
Bring pot to a boil.
Read this method before proceeding because you will have to work quickly. Strain into a heat proof jar (such as a Bernardine jar) 1 cup of boiling liquid. Careful not to spill any on yourself! I suggest using an oven mitt to hold the jar or a tea towel. Working quickly sprinkle in 3 tbsp white rice flour into the jar. Screw on the lid. Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds or until there are no clumps of flour left. Pour mixture into main pot.
Reduce heat and return to a boil.
When chowder has thickened add:
2 cans Salmon (213g each)
And now soups on!
Place cookie sheets in oven and turn on to 350f. Whisk dry ingredients in a small bowl:
2 cups Oat Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 pinch of Salt
1 tbsp. Ginger Powder (the fresher the better)
1 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp. Cloves, ground
In another bowl cream together:
6 tbsp. Butter
3/4 cup Sugar, white
1/4 cup Molasses, fancy
1 tsp. Orange or Lemon extract (optional)
Fold in the flour mixture. Stir in until smooth:
Drop tablespoons of dough on a cookie sheet and space 3 inches apart. These are drop cookies, which means they will flatten themselves in the oven, so do not flatten them on the pan (unless you want extremely flat cookies, which will make them even "snappier"). Bake for 15 minutes.