For Monday’s meals I took it really easy. I started off my day with a bowl of corn flakes & blueberries, a simple, but tasty breakfast that kept me satisfied for several hours. I’d been craving corn flakes for a few months now but usually shy away from buying cereal at grocery stores because of their sky-high prices. My $1.39 box of real Kellogg’s Corn Flakes from the new Grocery Outlet in Midtown Sac both curbed my craving and took away some of my cereal fear. Fresh blueberries – though nowhere near as good as the kind picked straight off the bush – added a burst of sweetness and healthy antioxidants. Total breakfast cost (including milk): $1.10. A bit on the high side because of the blueberries, but I still had plenty to get me through the rest of the day.
My lunch of Brown Rice, Veggie, and Tuna Salad is filling, nutritious, and full of flavor, so I knew I’d be set for the rest of the workday. At just about $0.85 per serving, this counted just slightly towards my $4/day allotment. A small box of raisins for a snack ($0.17/box in a 6 box snack), and I was up to $2.12. Unfortunately, I wasn’t up for much more than serving myself a leg & thigh quarter ($0.76) and some brown rice with tomatoes that the first day, so there’s nothing fun & new to share from my first day of the Hunger Challenge. The good news is that I got through the whole day on just $2.88. Not bad for Day 1.
My second day was a bit more exciting, as I was feeling a bit less like death warmed over and more like my normal self. I enjoyed a Poor Girl breakfast staple that I had during last year’s Hunger Challenge: Scrambled Egg & Tomato Sandwich. Not much to this one either, but using just 2 eggs, a small tomato, and some bread, this is a great on-the-go breakfast if you want something savory over the standard sweet portable breakfasts. Total breakfast cost: $0.82 (take that, McDonald’s “Value” menu!). The second lunch of Brown Rice, Veggie & Tuna Salad made my middle meal both satisfying and tasty, and with a bit more energy than the previous day, I turned some leftover chicken & brown rice into an easy Chicken Fried Rice for dinner. Similar to my Quick & Easy Fried Rice with Asparagus, this dish was another good example of how to make one bare-bones staple turn into a giant, tasty meal that could be stretched out for ages…