Thursday, April 16, 2009


One of my favorite Seattle food blogs is called All You Can Eat, written by Seattle Times' Nancy Leson. It's, forgive me, delicious. She's almost always teasing me with some new restaurant review, an almost-simple-enough-that-it's-possible recipe, or a warm, fuzzy human interest story that involves donuts and rollie pollie children.

Today Nancy posted about something I'm, here I go again, going to chew on a bit. (Bunny trail alert: I blame the incessant punnery on Susan Boyle, the woman who has inspired every cliche in my soul to rise up and SEIZE THE DAY.)

Said chewing is on a project via The United Way, called the Hunger Challenge. The goal is to eat all three meals on $7 each day--salt and pepper don't count, but every other item does. You can't use any items already stocked in the pantry, fridge or sock drawer.

The $7 daily max (only $12 for two-person households) is based on the daily value of food stamps for Washington residents. Yeah, not much. I couldn't believe it either.

So I'm thinking about taking this challenge, and of course, Nancy's blog gives a bunch of great ideas for how to follow the other rules--include protein, fresh veggies and fruit, and refuse any food "gifting" from family, friends, or the guest chef at Metropolitan Market (like you'll even go near that place on the $7 diet).

Any takers? :)


Linda said...

I love Nancy's blog too. I was considering the challenge.

Maryann said...

"the woman who has inspired every cliche in my soul to rise up and SEIZE THE DAY."

LOVE this!

lacy said...

i'll take the challenge, especially since Patrick and I are on food stamps in oregon. Wanna know how much we get a month? $169 dollars. We used to get $369 but Patrick started to work one more shift a week and they took the moo-la away. Maybe if I do the challenge we might be able to make our food stamps last longer!? whoohoo!

loved this post.