Hunger Challenge 2022: Day 2

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Day 2…

Plagued by perpetual insomnia, my sleep schedule has been completely turned around as of late.  I’ll go to sleep at a reasonable hour, wake up around 1:30 or 2 am (yay for catching Jimmy Fallon!), and then I am UP for God knows how long.  Sometimes I can force myself to get back to sleep by 3 so I can get those last few precious hours in before I go to work; sometimes I can’t. 

Sunday night/Monday morning was one of the “can’t” nights, which meant my morning brain was not on at all.  On days like these, I usually throw a bunch of ingredients into a bag and pray that I can come up with something relatively awesome once I get to work.  Feeling so incredibly tired, however, I just decided to take the rest of my leftover chili to work for lunch.  But what would I have for breakfast?

Fortunately, I had enough sense to remember the eggs I still had in the fridge, and the heavenly hosts sang “Hallelujah!” right along with me – no brainer breakfast would be served in no time!  I decided I’d have my standard Hunger Challenge breakfast (Scrambled Egg & Tomato Sandwich), then hard-boiled a few eggs to take with me to work as snacks later in the week. 

The beauty of using eggs when you’re in dire financial straits is that they are so incredibly versatile, you can use them in practically anything.  And because it doesn’t cost that much compared to a lot of other foods, a little can go a very long way.  I discuss this at length in Tip #11 – Never Underestimate the Power of Eggs, and believe me, that tip – and the carton of eggs in my fridge – are coming in very handy for this challenge!

Back to the noms for Day 2, though.  The workday passed by quite easily for me, since I’d started out with a fiber & protein-packed breakfast and an equally filling lunch.  But it was such a hectic day I never had the chance to think about what to make for dinner.  When I got home the exhaustion from the busy day & lack of sleep began to set in, so once more I turned to the almighty egg for easy inspiration.

Since I had made some homemade mayo prior to the challenge, I decided to use that to make an easy, yet fabulous little egg salad. I like my egg salads to be reminiscent of my mom’s killer deviled eggs, rather than have them be boring, bland little endeavors, so I’m always excited to have one, unlike some folks. With some bread, a tomato, and the few pretty leaves of lettuce that could be salvaged from a head that was starting to go bad (note to self: never buy lettuce at Safeway again), I made myself a rather lovely little egg salad sandwich & side salad for dinner. 

Sure, it’s not as glamorous as some of my other Hunger Challenge dinners, but it gets the job done by being filling and quite tasty.  So much so, that I had it for lunch again today!  But we’ll discuss that more later this week in the Day 3 recap.

When all was said & done, I ended my second day of the hunger challenge at about $4.05. Because I went ahead and had a salad with my dinner sandwich, I went a little over my daily $4 limit, but still stayed within the challenge’s limit of $4.72.  Not bad for being halfway comatose throughout the day! 

And the good food & rest helped a lot because I woke up with an amazing idea for a new quinoa salad that I can’t wait to share with you this week!  (Quinoa for a Hunger Challenge, Poor Girl?  How is that even possible?  Believe me, it can be done!)  Stay tuned for that and another Hunger Challenge recipe tomorrow, as well as more recaps of the last few days of the challenge!

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