Over the next week we will be sharing some US specific stories of Live Below the Line and also some recipes and tips for this year's challenge!
Cooking for Live Below the Line can at first seem extremely challenging and most participants have questions regarding the feasibility of cooking meals for $1.50 a day. Is it possible to make beans and rice appealing? Do pasta and canola oil mix well? How much money should be subtracted for spices like salt, pepper, and garlic powder? The Global Poverty Project team can attest to the fact that is indeed possible and here are some tips to reaching LBL culinary success.
The best meals are starches with mixed veggies in order to keep energy and nutrient levels high throughout the week. To ensure you’ll have spices to flavor your meals, set aside one-fifth of a container of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. To determine pricing for you budget, divide the price by five. For example, if you bought a container of salt that was $5.00, you would subtract $1.00 from your budget. For those that enjoy spicy food, also measure a portion of hot sauce to add to rice and bean dishes.
Breakfast is an especially important meal as it sets the tone for the morning and keeps grumpiness to a minimum. In some stores, a carton of twelve eggs is $1.50-$2.00, which you can scramble, boil, or add to pasta for an extra burst of protein. At 79 cents apiece, onions are also a great addition to a breakfast omelet, salted and caramelized in canola oil. If you are able to splurge for a few potatoes, boil and cube them and add in eggs and onions to make a Spanish style frittata.
Lunch and dinner, due to the price constraints of the challenge, tend to be the same meal. That meal is usually pasta or beans and rice. The best way to keep gastronomic boredom to a minimum is to cook these relatively bland foods with differing methods. Try frying your rice in canola oil for a crispier texture or making fried rice patties.
Remember, the best way to do Live Below the Line is as a group. That way, $7.50 can become $37.50, making it feasible to purchase splurges like butter, cheese, or a protein, like peanut butter. It’s always more enjoyable to cook as a group and compare successful recipes!
Pasta tastes great with shredded onions, carrots, and garlic. Enjoy this dish, which was a team favorite!
1 package of bow-tie pasta
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup canola oil
Peel the onion and finely chop. Peel the carrots and chop into half-inch long sections. Separate half a cup of canola oil and heat over high flame. Put onions into the oiled pan. After a minute, add chopped carrots. Let cook in covered pan until carrots are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta until al dente. Once pasta is cooked, add the other half cup of canola oil until pasta is coated. Add carrot and onion mix. Add garlic powder to taste.