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)
Breakfast: Apple Muffins
What is a muffin? The Grease Eatamology describes muffins as: Muffin from the Grease "muff" meaning "muffled" and Latin "in" meaning "in." Thus a muffin was once meant to be "muffled on the inside." The word was formed when Henry Von Shoehorn didn't like his mother's singing in the kitchen so he took two of his mom's fresh Yorkshire puddings and stuck them "in" his ears to "muffle" the singing. Consequently his mother change her Yorkshire recipe so that they wouldn't be spongy enough for Henry to put in his ears. From this recipe alteration the "muffin" was made.
- This eatamology is from an unreliable source and is completely just made up for the reader's amusement!
Cost Per Person:
Preheat oven to 400f. Grease a twelve cup muffin tin with 1 tsp shortening.
In a large bowl stir with a whisk/spoon until thoroughly combined:
1 1/4 cup Tapioca
1/2 cup Amaranth/Oat Flour
1/4 Whey Pro.
1 tsp Baking Powder
In a separate bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk:
1/4 cup. Shortening
1/2 cup Milk
Make a "well" in the flour (a hollow space in the center of the flour) and working quickly pour the wets in the flour and stir just in tell combine (no longer than 20 seconds). Spoon batter into greased muffin tin with a tablespoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffin tops spring up at the touch. Let cool 1 minute.
Lunch: Potato Soup
Lots of vitamins in a classic dish.
Cost Per Person:
Boil over medium high heat for 60 minutes:
2.5 lb. Potatoes
Potatoes will be done when easily pierced through the center with a fork. Save the water you will need it later! Now, puree cooked potatoes with:
If you don't have a blender than you can use a potato masher to puree your potatoes. In lieu of blender mince your onion.
Now mix your water, puree potatoes, and onion in a large pot. Bring slowly to a boil (25 minutes). And now serve hot or cold (I prefer it piping hot).
This is one of the larger meals.
Cost per person: $0.80
The rice vermicelli will cook very fast so let's start with cooking 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!
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