Adrienne Gajownik

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Food bloggers against hunger

Right now in the United States, maybe even in your neighborhood, a child is hungry. And federal sponsored nutrition programs (like SNAP or school lunch) might be cut if certain legislation is passed. We can't let that happen.

Nicole of The Giving Table (and this lovely blog) organized Food Bloggers Against Hunger after watching A Place at the Table, a documentary that sheds light on the hunger problem in America. I urge you to protect anti-hunger programs by emailing your local representative to keep federal funding for these crucial programs that so many rely on.

SNAP (or food stamp) participants are only allocated $4 a day for food. I decided to take the challenge to create a healthy meal that cost less than $4 dollars. As I came up with a budget-friendly list of recipes, I realized just how difficult it is to make a healthy meal with only four dollars. Buying for the week ($28 for one person) seemed like the easiest thing to do as buying in bulk can save money. For example, it cost 0.49 for one sweet potato and $1.69 for a bag of eight.

As I walked down the aisles of the store, I started to see prices in a new light. I skipped the meat since it's more expensive, and decided to buy a bag of lentils for protein since they were the cheapest option. I opted for sweet potatoes instead of rice or pasta to make the dish healthier. Since ingredients are limited, I roasted the tomatoes to add more flavor to the dish.

Sweet potatoes stuffed with lentils and roasted tomatoes
4 sweet potatoes
1/2 c cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 c lentils
1 onion, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake 4 sweet potatoes for 30-40 minutes or until done. Put cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, and roast for 45 minutes or until caramelized.

Put the lentils in a pot, add 2.5 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Once cooked, drain the remaining water. Heat remaining oil over medium heat and add the onion and a pinch of salt.

$1.25 a serving 

Let's end childhood hunger! Send Congress a letter to protect these essential anti-hunger programs.