Sunday, May 6, 2012

Trying to Live Below the Line

It's a little hard for someone like my husband to live on $1.50 of food and drink a day. One loaf of gluten-free bread, which we purchase every week, costs $5. Gluten-free pasta, if you don't get it at Trader Joe's, can cost $3.99 or more a box. His food options are limited, so I'm not going to tell him, "No! No bread/pasta/gluten-free food for you!" I'm afraid that our quest to live like the poorest people is not going to succeed. Thank goodness we are able to afford special food in order to avoid my husband getting sick. (Also, I guess the only place you can buy sausage that fits into a $15 budget is in the UK and Australia. It's expensive at my grocery store, which is why we rarely buy it.)

But if this is something that you guys are planning on doing, here is another recipe for you to try, courtesy of the Live Below the Line website:

Pasta with Shredded Onions, Carrots and Garlic:
1 package of bow-tie pasta
1 tablespoon salt
3 carrots
1 tablespoon pepper
1 onion
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup canola oil

Peel the onion and finely chop. 
Peel the carrots and chop into half-inch long sections. 
Separate half a cup of canola oil and heat over high flame. 
Put onions into the oiled pan. After a minute, add chopped carrots. Let cook in covered pan until carrots are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta until al dente. Once pasta is cooked, add the other half cup of canola oil until pasta is coated. 
Add carrot and onion mix. 
Add garlic powder to taste.

And don't forget, you can still donate to my Live Below the Line campaign pageAll donations benefit The Global Poverty Project. 

And if you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about, Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty. Live Below the Line is running May 7 - 11 in the U.S., UK, and Australia with more than 20,000 participants. The challenge is all about seeing how 1.4 billion people in this world live every day, and those people have to make their $1.50 cover more than food.

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