2011 Hunger Challenge Day 1: Just Saying No

I’m taking the San Francisco Food Bank’s Hunger Challenge for the fourth year – trying to feed my husband (the Bottomless Pit) and myself for just $4.72 each per day. Our first day on the Hunger Challenge is always pretty easy. One way to economize is skipping a meal – so lolling around in bed with the newspapers enabled us to eat a late breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and an elfin-sized portion of our precious strawberries. The Bottomless Pit got busted right out of the gate when I caught him with a cup of contraband OJ. “So be it,” he said, guzzling away.

Day 1 “brunch”

In the afternoon, I made a gigantic pot of pasta sauce: Healthy Hunger Challenge Pasta Sauce 1 lb spicy chicken sausage ($4.00, Trader Joe’s) 1 organic onion, diced ($.64) 3 organic carrots, diced ($.30) 4 ribs celery, diced ($.32) 4 cloves garlic, minced ($.15) 3 large cans organic tomatoes ($1.99 each) 2 cans organic tomato paste ($.75 each) Water Basil and oregano to taste ($.50) Brown the spicy chicken sausage, then saute onions, garlic, carrots and celery. At this point, I usually de-glaze the pot with red wine, but not today. Add the canned tomatoes and paste. Add water to reach desired thickness (usually I add chicken stock). Season to taste with basil and oregano. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes to meld flavors. Serve over whole wheat pasta. Makes a whole bunch of servings. We were headed to my mom’s for dinner, so I packed up the pot of sauce and grabbed a package of spaghetti. My mom tried to ply us with cheese and wine, and also left a seductive bag of potato chips on the counter that kept calling my name. I resisted, and she made me feel very noble about it, in that way only moms can. Fortunately, we looked at my photos from France after dinner, so all those snaps of fabulous French food weren’t as hard to take. As a result of my sheer laziness (well, I’d like to think of it as my wise decision not to spend an entire day running around to 3+ stores chasing down sale items!), we are going to be eating a lot of this pasta sauce over the course of the week. GET INVOLVED! ♥ Take the Hunger Challenge yourself. Sign up here. ♥ Read blogs by people taking the Hunger Challenge. There’s a blogroll here. ♥ Follow the Hunger Challengers on Twitter. There’s a listing here, or search for the hashtag #HungerChallenge. ♥ Learn more about the San Francisco Food Bank – and make a donation. For every $1 donated the food bank can supply hungry people with $6 worth of food! ♥ Follow the San Francisco Food Bank on Twitter or visit their Facebook page to see how they’re fighting hunger every day.

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