Today I am posting as part of Food Bloggers Against Hunger, an effort to find solutions to the problem of hunger and food insecurity in America. The country has been going through rough economic times and the number of households which are depending on the SNAP program has increased. While the program provides some relief, it is a small supplement which can usually not be used to buy things like fresh produce. A trip to the grocery store with the daily assistance amount of $3 or $4 would be an eye opening experience for those of us who are unfamiliar with this situation.
The impact of food insecurity is particularly crucial for children. A child who comes to school on an empty stomach cannot learn, no matter what lavish amounts we spend on classrooms, technology etc. Some of the options currently on the menu for school breakfasts and lunches, available to kids in need, are not the healthiest but they still offer some options to families. It is crucial that spending cuts do not hurt the most vulnerable:food insecure kids. If you would like to make your voice be heard in this regard, please follow the link here to let your opinion be known to Congress.
As part of today’s program, we have been asked to include a recipe which would be useful for anyone depending on the SNAP program. Keeping in mind the limited options available, I would like to suggest a recipe for beans which are remarkably versatile. Dry beans bought in bulk are great value for money. However, they require longer cooking times unless you own a pressure cooker. Canned beans are quick and easy, and one or the other kind is usually on sale at the grocery store each week. We can forget our preconceived notions of which kinds work together,mixing and matching whatever is available will still make a delicious meal. The recipe calls for onions which can be bought in bulk and last a long time so they can bring an element of freshness to any recipe. Tomatoes are also a flavor booster and can be bought in the canned form. What you get is a dish that is tasty, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and will keep you filled up for a while.
Bean A Long Day Supper
Beans (any kind) 2 cans
Onion 1 medium
Garlic 1 clove (optional)
Tomato 1 medium(or canned)
Taco seasoning/cumin/paprika(as available at the grocery store)
Oil and Salt as desired
Heat oil. Chop the onion finely and add to the oil on medium heat. When the onion has softened, add the chopped garlic, if using and cook for a minute. Now add the tomatoes and let this cook till the tomatoes have softened, canned ones will mix faster with onions. For flavor, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of any of the seasonings, depending on your mood of the day! Mix everything well, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, then add 2 cups of water and cook for another 20 minutes on low heat to let the flavors all meld together well. Serve with rice or tortillas.
This post is part of the effort to focus the spotlight on a serious issue, please feel free to share this information.In case you wish to learn more, click here for the trailer of the movie on hunger in America, “A Place At The Table”.