After spending a lot of time perusing beautiful food blogs, I noticed something really important: there aren't many options for someone struggling with time and money. In my current position in health promotion, we often talk about meeting people where they’re at. I think that if the people who really need to be reached actually will be, it will be because they are met where they are at. I am a believer in the local food movement that is forging its way full force across America. I shop locally and belong to a food co-op. I try to cook all of our meals at home. I’m all-in, trust me.
One thing I’ve noticed is that people at the root of this movement are often far removed from anyone on welfare. The working poor in America are often hard pressed to find a meal for less than something handed to them through the car window. Fast food restaurants accept food stamps. This is reality folks. And fast food is causing major damage.
I’ve recently had to research welfare reform and one topic that arose constantly in discussion was food. Bottom line, anyone making minimum wage in this country is struggling to put food on the table. Though, I must mention, the homeless in this country are doing far better than most of the rest of the world, how is that for a bit of perspective?
Today’s post: a meal for 4 that costs less than eating at McDonald’s and is almost just as easy. Because McDonald’s prices are different per location, let’s say that a combo meal costs $3.50 and a happy meal, $3.75, very generous pricing. That’s $14.50 to feed two adults and two children. (2 hours of work at minimum wage pay.) The meal I am proposing costs only $9.66, takes minutes to prepare, has no hidden ingredients and is delicious and nutritious. It also has no preservatives or artificial ingredients. All items were purchased from a regular grocery store and can also be found at Wal-mart.
2 bags Alexia Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes ($2.88)
Wheat flour tortillas ($2.79)
Bag of spinach ($3.99)
Open bag, find pouch of oil/ seasoning mixture, dump contents into a skillet, heat on medium. Dump remaining contents (sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, onions, and giant red bell peppers) into skillet, heat for 8 minutes. Scoop contents into a tortilla, add spinach, roll up and enjoy.
Also, I made this for a super-bowl party and it was a huge hit! Every last bite was gone.
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