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!
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