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!
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