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
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