Today, I am participating in the Food Bloggers Against Hunger campaign. I am one of over 200 bloggers that are standing together to raise awareness about hunger in America. If you would like to read what other food bloggers have to say, go to The Giving Table site and you will not only find the names of the other participants, but also a wealth of information.
When I was in my 30’s my life took a drastic change. I ran away from an abusive relationship with my almost 2 year old, hoping for a better life for both of us.
To make a long story short, I ended up back in school and on government assistance. I learned to feed myself and my baby girl on $120.00 a month. It was not an easy task.
I am glad that I was someone who liked to cook from scratch. We ate many vegetarian meals, because of the high cost of meat. We learned to use legumes as our protein source and cut back on cheeses and other expensive dairy products. Breakfast was often fruit and oatmeal, not the flavored little packs, but the large box of plain oatmeal that I would cook from scratch every morning. During the week my daughter ate lunch at day care. When I was in classes, I took a small sandwich and a piece of fruit for my lunch.
When I finished my schooling and began to work, we were able to get off government assistance. There are so many families in America who will never live off assistance.
Did you know nearly 1 in 5 children in America live in houses where it is a struggle to put food on the table?
Did you realize that children who go hungry have serious short and long term health issues?
Did you know that children in America who go hungry have serious learning disabilities?
You can read so much more at this website – No Kid Hungry
I want to take a few moments to share a recipe that was a staple for us then and still finds its way on our table now.
Rice/Corn/Bean and Cheese Bake
Makes 6 – 8 servings
Approximate cost – $3.00 or under
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
3 cups cooked rice (3 cups cooked equals 1 cup uncooked)
1 can black beans, rinsed (or beans of choice)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 of a chopped onion
1 cup milk
1 cup corn
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cook rice according to directions.
When rice is cooked, let it cool.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Spray 8 X 8 casserole dish with Pam like spray.
Pour rice mixture in casserole and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Although we never tried it, I would think you could substitute other vegetables for the corn.
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