After a late start and harried day of apartment hunting, I came to the realization that I may not have enough prepared food to make it through the rest of the first week. But I strategized while I was out about how to create a culinary mash-up to get me through to Tuesday and the next shopping trip.
Here was my solution:
1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked ($1.02)
1/2 bag black beans, cooked ($1.25)
1/2 can tomatoes ($0.70)
1/2 bag corn ($0.85)
TOTAL: $3.82 total, $0.42/serving
For the more observant mathematicians among you, you may have noticed that the total is divided into nine servings. Here’s where the transformer part comes in. The leftovers from this meal are going to turn into enchiladas next week. Adding a can of refried beans, wrapping it up in corn tortillas and covering it with enchilada sauce and cheese will create a new meal for me. Using the leftovers from this week to carry me into the next is going to be essential for keeping food waste down and bulking up next week’s meals in one swift move.
Here’s to many more days of success, and allowing each day to (literally) build momentum to the end!
I’m doing this in hopes to raise awareness about food instability, and money for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Should you feel compelled to give to the latter, please click the link below! I thank you, as will those who benefit from the money that you give 🙂
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