Hunger Challenge Day #2


Day #2 has gone rather well. For breakfast, we had an egg, a small slice of homemade bread, most of a piece of bacon, and 1/3 of an orange. Light breakfast, but we had an unanticipated guest last night who stayed over, so we shared our meager breakfast with her. Our goal today was to try to incorporate some fruit and more vegetables into our diet. For snack, we had an orange, and for lunch we had leftover red beans and rice (which actually turned out more like jambalaya and was very tasty!). For dinner, I whipped up yet another lentil dish: Megadarra. Megadarra is the ultimate cheap and healthy food: 1 cup lentils, 1 cup brown rice, 2 cloves garlic, salt, pepper, and 2 whole caramelized onions, cooked separately and then baked in the oven. We served this with a spoonful of Greek yogurt over a bed of freshly washed lettuce leaves. We are going to split a pear for dessert in a bit.

One of the rules for this challenge is to not accept free food from friends and family. When I went to my volunteer job today (I volunteer 5 hours a week at a local women’s shelter), it turned out to be volunteer appreciation week. I accepted a slice of cake. I know it is not a huge transgression, but I felt that it somehow violated this rule. My husband broke down and partook in the free coffee at Microsoft. I also slipped and bought a cup of coffee at school today for a dollar, which I am adding to our $60 budget.

Hunger Challenge Food Breakdown

Here is the current breakdown of food. We have just under $28 left for the week, which gives me some leeway to pick up a few more vegetables and some tofu for tomorrow’s stir fry. For lunch tomorrow, one of us will have leftover lentils from Monday and the other will have leftover red beans and rice. Thursday, I think we’ll have leftover Megadarra for lunch and I’m still thinking of ideas for Thursday’s dinner: maybe a simple winter squash soup with some of the Greek yogurt.

All in all, we have so far thus avoided buying packaged or prepared foods, and overall we are eating fairly consistent with the way we normally eat. Our portion sizes are a bit smaller, we are more mindful of random snacking, and I am planning our meals a bit more than normal. I believe we’re going to pull this off with enough money left to buy a beer at the end of the week.

2 Comments so far

  1. samantha on April 22nd, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    This is such an interesting challenge! You make it sound so easy. Are you also keeping track of how much time all of these things take to put together?

  2. wesa on April 22nd, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    I’m not keeping exact times, but I can give you rough estimates. Lentil soup took about 30 minutes. Red beans and rice: 30 minutes. Megadarra takes about an hour (30 mins prep including cooking rice and lentils first, then 30 mins in the oven).

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