Friday, November 4, 2016

CWJ Food Bank Challenge: Day 3

The feedback for this challenge has been incredible, I'm loving all of the comments, private messages, texts, and just overall interest that this entire project is receiving so far.  

Yesterday, a friend texted me to let me know that Tuna was on sale at our local Shopper's Drug Mart.  A few different organizations that work with low income family's have reached out to me to show their support, one of the newspapers in town did a feature story,  and Food Banks of Canada is working on setting up a personalized link for this project! 
For all the great comments that I have received however, I've also received a bit of flack.  This morning someone commented on the fact that this plan definitely wouldn't work for them because my first meal of the day wasn't until 2pm (you'll notice that yesterday and today it was back to normal times). 
The point of this exercise (in addition to raising awareness about the National Hunger Crisis) is to be as real as possible.  It wouldn't be realistic if every single meal was completely structured, at the exact same time, and planned out the day before.  Sure that might happen some days, but my life is chaotic, messy, and completely unscheduled at the best of times. 
 If you're following along for this experiment, you're going to see my eating habits for exactly what they are - the good, the bad, and even the ugly! 
Now onto Day 3! 
Breakfast (9:30 am):
Total: $1.00

Yogurt and Granola Topping
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/4 granola ball recipe 
(these were leftovers from yesterday)

Lunch (11:45 am):
Total: $1.45

Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- the juice from 1 orange
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp oats

Dinner (5:06 pm):
Total: $2.90*
(This recipe made 4 large servings so we froze 1/2 of it for a future meal)

Creamy Chicken and Dumplings
- 1/4 roasted chicken from Day 1
- 1 cup broth from Day 2
- 1/2 recipe homemade noodles 
(leftover from yesterday)
- 1 cup peas
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 recipe for baking powder biscuits 
(I subbed milk for heavy cream)

You can find the Directions for this recipe HERE
Snack (8:30 pm):
Total: $0.43*
(This batch made 2 dozen cookies, so I quartered the recipe for future snacks)

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

- 1 cup PB
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 xl egg

Preheat oven to 325.  Combine all ingredients and roll into 1 tbsp balls.  Place balls on cookie sheet and mash down with a fork. Bake 15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.

Total Cash Spent: $3.10
(Great Value Baking Powder - Walmart)
Total time spent preparing food today:  15 minutes 
(most everything was already prepared from yesterday, cutting down drastically on today's prep time)

Total Daily Meal Cost: $2.89/person ($5.78 total)

Under Budget: $1.11/person ($2.22 total)

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