Day 3 – pasta, a reliable friend
Getting by on $7/day is definitely doable, and you can eat quite nicely if you are thoughtful about your food choices, like in this post by one of my favorite Seattle bloggers.
The thing that surprises me the most about this challenge, however, has been how this simple limitation has really brought into focus the luxury of being able to make food choices without having to worry about cost. That luxury is something that I enjoy every day, but probably take for granted most of the time. I sense it now in the cravings I have… like a perfectly buttery and flaky almond croissant from Besalu for breakfast, a steaming bowl of pho for lunch, pristine sushi from Miyabi for dinner… or how about just a glass of syrah from aMaurice. But then I think about how meaningless those choices are compared to the situation of a person or family who might not know where their next meal will be coming from…
So with that in mind, I dug into my reliably tasty but simple breakfast of Honey Bunches of Oats (with almonds of course). Hunger pangs came early again, so I headed to the cafeteria and put together a small plate of chicken, tomato, spinach and shredded cheese from the salad bar. That with two slices of bread I brought from home and I had a nifty little makeshift sandwich (I still haven’t had time to hit the grocery store for lunch supplies).
I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner. Pasta. As in, spaghetti and clams… made without boiling any water… my current favorite method for cooking dry pasta. Since I’ve got some budget constraints, some limitations applied. Fewer clams, no wine to deglaze the pan, no Parmigiano-Reggiano… but in the end, still a substantial, satisfying dinner.
Now, I just need to figure out how to incorporate some beverages other than water into this week.
Last quick note: As a result of some fortuitous timing, some friends and I will be providing a pancake breakfast for the homeless residents of Nickelsville this Saturday… a cool way to end this Hunger Action Week. It’s going to be a pretty big endeavor… the plan is to make 300 pancakes, 300 strips of bacon and 200 links of sausage. We had a great planning meeting last night, and most of the supplies were picked up this afternoon… hopefully, everything will turn out great!
Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds – $0.50
milk – $0.50
two slices of bread from home – $0.20
chicken, spinach, tomato and cheese – $1.79
dried spaghetti – $0.30
4 live manilla clams – $1.44
1 garlic clove – $0.10
1/2 shallot – $0.25
1 roma tomato – $0.47
2 tablespoons of frozen peas – $0.12
pinch of red pepper flakes – $0.03
2 tablespoons olive oil – $0.54