Being creative and smart during this independent living is critical for some. Planning. Learning new skills, like cooking for yourself, can literally be a life saver! I attended a conference workshop lead by www.cookingmatters.org and No Kid Hungry focusing on teaching clients--in this case families living under the poverty line, i.e. on a "very tight budget"--how to spend and use their grocery dollars to the maximum benefit while maintaining healthy, nutritious eating. Sounds like something college student living could learn from as well!
With some basic skills in cooking, the meals and recipes come to $1.86 / serving (this is the maximum cost of the recipes). What a great approach to ending hunger in the USA and treating poverty from the foundation on up--it makes all of us aware of how we can contribute, improve our spending, reduce our waste!
Aside from learning how some of these recipes and basic skills can help you financially live better…think about getting involved in this organization as a college student for your community service; or, volunteering if you know how to cook; or, teach someone how to read or how to use fractions--all needed to read and understand a recipe!!
Here's an example of solving poverty and hunger one great recipe at a time below. I did not have whole wheat flour so I simply used all white flour. I had some left-over jam which I thinned with 1-2 tsp water (or juice) and heated up as my "syrup".
Very tasty! Simple! Filling! Cheap!
Check out their phone app and website for great ideas on better cooking / eating!!
Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (use white flour if you don't have it)
1/2 cup quick oats
1 Tbls baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
1/3-1/2 cup low-fat milk (or regular)
2 Tbls vegetable / canola oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup blueberries or other fruit
Thinned jam, heated up
1. Wash your hands.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until just combined--should be slightly runny batter.
Add 1-2 tsp milk if too thick.
6. Heat your skillet and spray with non-stick spray.