Monday, April 11, 2011

Is this even possible? The $5.50 a day food challenge

You read that right!
I've seen 5 dollar dinners, 5 dollar lunches, 5 dollar breakfasts - but I am talking about 5 dollars a day for 2 people to eat 3 times. Sounds bizarre, but we've pulled it off for 6 months & I want to begin by sharing with you my journey as to how we do it, and how you can too!

What's essential for you to understand:
- The cost reduction when making things at home
- Using leftovers to plan future meals
- Purchasing items in bulk that are the basis for many recipes (Ex: Cornmeal = Polenta, Corncakes, Cornbread, Muffins, Fry Coatings, etc.)
- Portioning, freezing, and where to not spend money
- Why it kills your pocketbook to pay the store to make foods for you (Hummus = one of the easiest things to make, and by cost per ounce at the store, is very expensive!)

So what I want to do, is for the month of April, compose my recipes I use, show you how to stock your pantry in a way I did, and how to shop for what you need to pull it all off. This will be my first blog of many, so I hope i've captivated your interest during the time I will be putting this all together for you!

Here's a sample of some of the things you're going to see:

-          Carrot Soup & Veggie Soup
-         South Western Salad, Chicken Caeser & all kinds of Veggie dishes

-          Polenta
-          Corndogs
-          Cornbread
-          Cornmeal Berry Muffins

-          Soup
-          Burgers
-          Spicy Lentil Dip

Rice & Beans
-          Mexi Dinner
-          Burritos
-          Bean & Rice Bake
-          Rice: CHXN friend rice

-          South Western Burritos
-          Chxn: w/ garlic roasted potatoes
-          Chxn: tacos
-          Chxn: enchiladas
Garbanzos (AKA: Chickpeas)
-          Hummus
-          Falafels w/ Hummus, & Salads
-          Pita Sandwiches

Ground Turkey
-          Stuffed cabbage
-          Stuffed Meatballs
-          Meatloaf -> meatloaf pita pockets for lunch
-          Eggrolls
-          Lasagna


- Bread
- Pizza Dough
- Pancakes


- Baked egg breakfast dishes
- Breakfast sandwiches


- Flax & Fruit loaded oatmeal
- Granola
- Cookies


- Yogurt
- Greek Yogurt
- All types of baking
See you guys soon! - BCB

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! I love the blog. Looking foreword to April cooking. This summer I will be contributing many veggies to the D and R household if we can get together often enough. <3