Day 6 Continued – $118,000 Raised for Bay Area Food Banks

my lunch

So I ate my left-over oatmeal as promised, mid-morning.  Then enjoyed my left-over stir fry from dinner.  Not lots of veggies, but there was some chicken left and the rice filled me up.   I finished my daughter’s apple from this morning on my drive to San Francisco.

inside the food bank
my chat on KGO

I made it to the San Francisco Food Bank where KGO was broadcasting live for the KGO Fights Hunger Day.  This was a great sight.  The Food Bank was in full swing.  Volunteers working outside and in to receive and stack food.  It’s amazing at how large the space is and how much food you see, and realize it’s still not enough to meet the community’s needs.  I sat down and chatted on the air with Gil Gross about my family’s experience with the hunger challenge.  In the brief time I was there (about 1/2 hour) someone came in to the front office and dropped off a check donation for $500.  During the interview an AT&T repairman came in to give $40 to Gil since he was working down the street and heard the KGO broadcast.  It was really special to be a part of.  And today KGO raised over $118,000 for Bay Area Food Banks.  That’s what the challenge is all about – raising awareness and funds.

I was really hungry by the time I was driving home.  I stopped and bought 4 bananas at $.19 each.  I saw this morning that after doing totals, I could spend $.80.  I thought that the bananas would be good for breakfast – since we’re just about out of fruit.  I came home and had a snack of pretzels and sunflower butter.  My daughter and husband were home.  Both my kid’s had playdates while I was in SF.  They of course reported what they ate.  My daughter had fruit and a grilled cheese sandwich and my son had a snack of homemade pumpkin bread.  Am I the only hungry one around here?

taco fixin's
my hungry family didn't wait for me to sit down
roasted broccoli

For dinner we had our taco/burrito night.  It was later than I wanted to eat after picking up my son from Tae Kwon Do.  A few times this week I’ve been so preoccupied with hunger I’ve had trouble thinking straight.  I was crabby when making dinner.  Everyone started without me.  I gave them a pass on manners as I took a few photos before I sat down.  It was tasty and filling and everyone enjoyed.  I browned the ground beef.  I also drained and sliced some tofu and browned that a bit as well.  There was some remaining tomato and shredded cheese to use.  I made guacamole with the avocado.  And heated the black beans and corn-wheat tortillas.  I also roasted the rest of the broccoli with a drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt.  No one complained – although a bit of salsa and fresh cilantro would’ve been great.  It’s a fun meal because the kids can make it themselves and build it to their liking.  Tofu, guacamole and cheese for my daughter and meat, cheese and beans for my son.  All of it for my husband and I.  Self choices and participation is always key to get kids to eat healthy foods.

So tomorrow’s our last day and I’m thinking we’re going to make it.

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Fish Taco Night!

tacos 008
my son's fish taco creation

I did it.  I went to the store and thankfully I was able to buy some fish.  At Whole Foods, there was a sale on Dover Sole for $5.99 a pound.  This is a thin fish, so 4 fillets came in at about 2/3 of a pound or $3.29.  I had to rethink my idea of stir fry and the chinese noodles.  I just can’t do noodles again.  So I factored in the cabbage, cheese (I still have cheddar), black beans, and onion and came up with fish tacos.  I was missing tortillas, but figured I had enough cushion (remember I only spent $95 and change) and bought those for $2.99.

This meal was a real treat after the heavy dinners I had been making.  And it looks like a lot, since there’s many dishes of individual things (shredded cheese, cabbage, diced onion, beans).  Tacos are always so great because everyone can make their own choices and participate.  Without holding back some of my budget, I wouldn’t have been able to alter my meal plan.  I was worried if I went into the store another day during the week, I would buy too many other items.  I did buy a few more, but told myself and kids we couldn’t eat them until next week.  I realize that through this challenge I need to go to the store less often.  Out of sight out of mind.  Instead of waiting until we run out of something or we only have 2 kinds of cereal (and not the usual 4 or 5), I go out and rebuy, along with other things. 

Tonight I even got creative with a bit of dessert and made sugar-cinnamon tortilla crisps.  So easy and the kids love them.  Simply cut desired shapes in tortilla with a cookie cutter.  Don’t toss the scraps (those make tasty/funny crisps too).  Place on a baking sheet lined with foil and brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon (we keep some handy in a shaker) and bake in a 375 oven for about 8 minutes (turning half-way through) until browned and crisp.

sweet tortilla crisps
photo before baking

I also used more of the watermelon and feta for my salad again.  And there was the rest of the broccoli which I roasted in the oven with olive oil and rosemary salt.

Let’s get to one of my addictions…rosemary salt.  This perks up everything – roasted veggies, potatoes, meats, dressings, etc.  We get it at the farmer’s market or order it online at Eatwell Farms.  I realize that while I only use a bit at each meal, this would be a cash layout of $8 for a jar.  Kind of a luxury given the hunger challenge.  You’d have to give up something one week to have this (althugh for a while).  For me it would be worth it.  Even if you couldn’t do the rosemary salt, a sea salt is so much better and smoother than traditional Morton salts, and not so salty.  A big shaker is worth the extra money, say $3.50 vs. $1.00(?) for Morton.

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