Sunday, May 3, 2015

Living Below the Line: How Do People Get Enough?

Life balance is still a work in progress for me.  I'm still looking for a way to structure my time at home more productively.  If I can be more disciplined in accomplishing what I need to do at home first, then I can enjoy experimenting in the kitchen more without regret.  While I have taken a break from posting here, I am actively sharing recipes at my other blog, Swirls and Spice.



Keeping things simple and affordable have remained important values for our family.  Last week, though, I was challenged to put myself in the shoes of those who have to live on even less.  Have you heard of the Live Below the Line Challenge?  In keeping with the spirit of the challenge, I developed a Mexican Frittata recipe.  Would you care for a slice?


The cost came in at just under $1.00 per serving, which I think is an excellent value, considering how nutrient dense the frittata is.  And it was delicious too!

And yet if I was allotted just $1.75 per person per day, that would leave only $0.75 left for two more meals.  This would limit our options to things like a peanut butter sandwich for lunch ($0.50) and oatmeal for breakfast ($0.25).  Adding a banana for some fresh fruit ($0.30) would put me over budget.  Even with the fruit, the food would offer only 915 calories for the day, about half the amount needed for a school-age child or adult.

So how do people with limited resources manage to feed their families?  Food banks, it seems, are part of the answer in Canada and the U.S.  Because try as I might, I can't see how to nourish my family of six on $10.50 CDN a day.  Could you do it?

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